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About John Bristow

Hi, My name is John and I am a baseball fanatic and geology graduate student at the School of Mines. I dream some day of attending all 81 home games in a season at Coors Field. When I am not watching baseball or doing research, I can be found curling or explaining why curling is awesome.

Not His Lucky Day: The Jon Gray Problem

May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

2012 was a rough year for the Colorado Rockies: between the NL lowest 5.22 ERA, an ultimately poor defense, and position players beset by injury, the Rockies struggled to get by with a 64-98 season. Through the misery of the season came a small glimmer of hope, behind the Astros and the Cubs, the [...]

Past and Present: The Rockies and The Mets

May 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

The New York Mets hold a special place in the history of the Colorado Rockies, on a sunny, slightly windy early April day in 1993, the Rockies played their first major league game ever against the Mets at Shea Stadium. With expansion draft pick David Nied on the mound, the Rockies held off the Mets [...]

The Art of Scorekeeping

April 16, 2016 | 2 Comments

Unlike football, hockey, and basketball, baseball has a system of scorekeeping that can truly be defined as elegant and personal. Since the flow of baseball is rarely impacted by time limits, the metric by which the games passes is broken down into at-bats. Given that each at-bat is a distinct, [...]

A Look Back And Forward At Rockies Pitching

January 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Rockies have a problem and Jeff Bridich knows it. Since the club’s inaugural season in 1993, the team has never finished first in the NL West, even though the team has a hitter friendly park, an ever-changing rotation of NL batting champions, and one of the best infield defenses in all of the [...]

Science, Stats, and Saves: A Glance At Rockies Closers

August 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

From the perspective of science, baseball is a majestic sport. Between sipping on a nice cold beer and watching the sunset over a park full of cheering fans, the experience is always welcome. Beyond the physical experience, baseball and scientific analysis go together hand in hand. In other sports, [...]

Series Recap 7/27-7/29: Coming Up Blue In Chicago

July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Across the past series against the Chicago Cubs, the Rockies demonstrated that they can pitch low run games, though they can also lose those games as well. In the three game series, the Rockies lost twice on one run margins, and won the other game by a dominant five run lead. The main foe of the [...]

Series Recap 7/20-7/22: A Missed Shot At Redemption

July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

It goes without saying that this last series with the Texas Rangers was disappointing from all angles; even the only win of the series looked more like a train wreck than a baseball masterpiece. If it could go wrong, it went wrong. There are a few good overall themes to the three game series. For [...]

Series Recap 7/9-7/12: The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

July 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

If the Rockies can manage to come back from the All-Star Break with a force like they showed during the Braves series, the team might not be as bad off as the have been. Of course that is a huge if. For only the third time this season, the Rockies managed to secure a four game winning streak. While [...]

Upcoming Series Spotlight

July 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Rockies have a tough challenge ahead of them on the way to the All-Star Break. Although the Rox play eight games versus opponents below .500 and only two against a team that is above .500, provided no major injuries happen, the pitching rotation for the opponents’ teams does not look to be [...]