Coors might make the balls go a bit further, but none of this massive change is directly and solely attributable to Coors.
Doesn't the humidor essentially offset the distance advantage of the thin air?
Humidor of course does not reduce the size of the outfield acreage, nor enhance breaking balls, so there are still good reasons why runs scored should be higher than typical but home runs shouldn't be extremely high, right?
Here's a Denver Post article on 2012 run scoring at Coors and the humidor, basically attributing the result to bad pitching by the Rockies' staff.http://www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_20843984/sports
"From 2009 leading up to this year, there was a lot of normalcy," manager Jim Tracy told The Denver Post. "There were 5-3, 4-2 games. This year, I can't explain it. It's just different."
The easy answer is that the Rockies' rotation stinks. And while statistically that's true — the starters' ERA sits at 6.27 for the season — it doesn't reconcile the overall data. The Rockies entered Tuesday with a 5.75 ERA at home. Terrible, but better than their opponents' 5.84 mark.
Yes, foes have been worse in Denver than the Rockies.
So it's not just that the Rockies are featuring a volatile blend of kids and a veteran in Jeremy Guthrie, who spent Wednesday tipping his cap and dissolving before everyone's eyes.
Only select left-handers Barry Zito and C.J. Wilson and the Mariners' staff have survived.
Before you ask, the humidor still works. A call to Major League Baseball on Tuesday confirmed that nothing has changed on the protocols or the reports that the Rockies provide weekly. The humidor is on, but the numbers are off the charts, with teams partying here like it's 1999.