Expansion Cousins: Rockies/Marlins

The Rockies and Marlins open a three-game series in Miami tonight. They were created out of expansion in 1993. Over the years the Marlins have held the edge in the all-time series at 101-91. The Rockies have not won a season series from the Marlins since 2008.

The Marlins have won the season series in 12 of the first 24 years of the existence of the two franchises. They have split the series four times, and the Rockies have won the season series eight times.

Season Series Rockies vs. Marlins

Season W L Pct
2002 5 2 .714
2003 4 2 .667
1998 6 3 .667
2001 4 2 .667
1997 7 4 .636
2008 5 3 .625
1993 7 5 .583
1999 5 4 .556
2005 3 3 .500
2011 3 3 .500
2006 3 3 .500
2007 3 3 .500
2000 4 5 .444
2014 3 4 .429
2013 3 4 .429
2012 3 4 .429
2010 3 4 .429
1995 5 7 .417
1996 5 8 .385
2009 2 4 .333
2015 2 5 .286
2016 2 5 .286
1994 3 9 .25
2004 1 5 .167

While the Marlins have a slight edge head-to-head with the Rockies, the two teams have the same all-time winning percentage since their inception. The Royals, Pirates, Rays and Brewers all have lesser records since the creation of the Marlins and the Rockies.

10 MLB teams with worst records since 1993

Team W L Pct
Kansas City Royals 1786 2147 .454
Pittsburgh Pirates 1789 2143 .455
Tampa Bay Rays 1479 1713 .463
Milwaukee Brewers 1846 2091 .469
Colorado Rockies 1849 2091 .469
Miami Marlins 1846 2086 .469
Detroit Tigers 1852 2082 .471
San Diego Padres 1868 2072 .474
Minnesota Twins 1880 2053 .478
Baltimore Orioles 1896 2037 .482

Neither the Rockies nor the Marlins have won divisional titles, but both have advanced to the post-season as wild cards. The Rockies have advanced three times, in 1995, 2007 and 2009. They lost in the Division Seires in 1995 and 2009, but advanced to the World Series and lost to the Red Sox in 2007. The Marlins won the World Series in both of their post-season appearances — 1997 and 2003.

The post-season stats of the two teams:

Team W L Pct ERA   AVG OBP
Florida Marlins 22 11 0.667 4.28 .249 .332
Colorado Rockies 9 10 0.474 4.61 .249 .316

There have been 53 players who appeared in games with both the Rockies and the Marlins.

Player Rockies Marlins
Kurt Abbott 1998-1999 1994-1997
Juan Acevedo 1995-2001 2001
Alfredo Amezaga 2005-2011 2006-2011
Manny Aybar 2000 2000
Jeff Baker 2005-2009 2014-2015
Reid Brignac 2013 2015
John Cangelosi 1999 1997-1998
Marcos Carvajal 2005 2007
Frank Castillo 1997 2005
Greg Colbrunn 1998 1994-1996
Craig Counsell 1995-1997 1997-1999
Vic Darensbourg 2003 1998-2002
Steve Decker 1996 1993-1995
Valerio De Los Santos 2008 2005
Mike Dunn 2017 2011-2016
Nate Field 2006 2007
Ross Gload 2002 2009
Jason Grilli 2008-2009 2000-2001
Lenny Harris 1999 2003-2005
Matt Herges 2007-2009 2006
Livan Hernandez 2008 1996-1999
Todd Hollandsworth 2000-2002 2003
Mark Hutton 1997 1996-1997
Charles Johnson 2003-2004 1994-2002
Todd Jones 2002-2003 2005
Jorge Julio 2007 2007
Logan Kensing 2013 2004-2009
Byung-Hyun Kim 2005-2007 2007
Matt Lindstrom 2011 2007-2009
Jose Lopez 2011 2011
John Mabry 2007 2001
Nick Masset 2014 2015
Dan Miceli 2001-2005 2000-2001
Mike Myers 2000-2001 1995
Blaine Neal 2005 2001-2003
Vladimir Nunez 2004 1999-2003
Darren Oliver 2003 2004
Miguel Olivo 2010 2006-2013
Pablo Ozuna 2003 2000-2002
Juan Pierre 2000-2002 2003-2013
Jay Powell 2001 1995-1998
Chad Qualls 2016-2017 2013
Mark Redman 2007-2008 2003
Jose Reyes 2015 2012
Jesus Sanchez 2003 1998-2001
Justin Speier 2001-2003 1998
Julian Tavarez 2000 2002
Ron Villone 2001 2005
Chris Volstad 2013 2008-2011
Walt Weiss 1994-1997 1993
Preston Wilson 2003-2005 1998-2002
Gregg Zaun 2003 1996-1998
Todd Zeile 2002 1998

The Rockies have had the edge on offense, but the Marlins have the edge with pitching, which underscores the differences between the elements in Denver and Miami.

Composite Stats, offensive and pitching

Team ERA AVG HR AVG OBP SLG
Rockies 4.26 .263 4458 .275 .340 .443
Marlins 4.98 .281 3555 .258 .326 .400

 

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