Heavy metal and Gordon Lightfoot. Shakespeare and reality TV. It's difficult to find a more striking difference than the Rockies' offensive performance at home and on the road last season. Colorado scored 486 runs at home, 39 more than the second-place Rangers. The Rockies scored 272 runs in visiting parks, tying the Astros for dead last.

It's like having Beyoncé's face and Roseanne Barr's voice.

How can a team with the same players live such contrasting lives? And more important: How can the Rockies, who will lean heavily on their Blake Street Bullies offense to rebound from a 98-loss season, improve their home-road splits this season?

"Stop reading the newspaper," veteran Michael Cuddyer said with a laugh.

"Our game has to be the same. It shouldn't change when we go on the road. It's still baseball. It shouldn't be that different."

It shouldn't be, but it has been. The Rockies mashed in LoDo last season, reaching base at a league-best .367 clip. They hit 100 home runs at Coors Field, even without Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer for a combined six months and Carlos Gonzalez in a major second-half slump.

And yet, they posted their second consecutive losing record at home, something they had never done, because their pitchers couldn't get anyone out, posting a humidor-ERA worst 5.97 ERA.