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Colorado Rockies News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
11/28/13: Perhaps it is just circumstance or selective reporting, but the Rockies seem more interested in putting together a contending club this offseason than in the past. There seems to be very few players that are on the not-available-to-trade list (and Troy Tulowitsky may not be one of them, though his salary probably keeps him in Colorado). The Rockies may be willing to trade Dexter Fowler, the fan-favorite center fielder. Fowler missed much of 2013 with injury, but the Seattle Mariners are reported to be interested. The Rockies, for their part, would likely be interested in a few young arms for their rotation and bullpen.
11/21/13: It no secret that the Rockies are trying to build on the young talent they have, as well as shortstop Troy Tulowitsky and outfielder Carlos Gomez. That being said, there is always a need for veteran presences in the clubhouse. The Rockies are also in search of a replacement for former first baseman Todd Helton, and that search has them looking at guys like James Loney, Mike Loney and Justin Morneau. If any of those guys can prove themselves healthy (especially Morneau), then the Rockies may get a steal at the first base position next year.
11/14/13: The Rockies have been looking for a better defensive option at catcher than Wilin Rosario and hope to land free agent Carlos Ruiz. Colorado is willing to offer a two year deal to Ruiz, who only played 92 games last season and is currently 35 years old. The Rockies like Rosario's power, but apparently the idea is to move him to a different position - perhaps to first base where he can be Todd Helton's replacement. A two year deal for Ruiz is aggressive, and they may be able to land him because most other suitors are believed to want to offer him only one year.
11/7/13: The Colorado Rockies are expected to be more active in free agency than in the past. The team needs arms (as always, the high altitude of Coors Field). One potential starter is Jason Hammel. Hammel was with the Rockies for a few years and has legitimate ace material when he is healthy. The team may also try to bring in Scott Downs, who is one of the better bullpen guys in the league. The big lefty is a plus guy to have coming in late in games. He spent last season with the Angels and Braves, posting 2.49 ERA in 43.1 innings.
10/31/13: There is some good news coming for Rockies fans in the near future, and it seems like the first real bit of good news since they made a run at the World Series a few years ago. The Rockies are set to sign a regional television deal, and this will presumably bring in some much needed cash for the organization. They may be able to add some quality free agents to supplement their developmental talent base and rise out of the ashes of last place and 88 losses. Of course, money alone will not solve all the Rockies' woes, but it would go a long way into putting a product on the field that is competitive and people want to see.
10/24/13: The Rockies made it official in the past week by formally extending manager Walt Weiss' contract. He came in as manager with a one year deal, and even though the Rockies finished at 74-88 on the season - it was an improvement over 2012. It was, however, the third straight sub-500 year for the franchise (that World Series appearance seems like decades ago now). What is more frustrating is that they continue to have a top 10 offense. Maybe that is partly the result of playing in the mountains - but it is just as likely that it is the organization's fault for not identifying, acquiring, and developing talented pitching and defenders.
10/17/13: The Rockies formally announced a new deal with manager Walt Weiss this past week. Weiss was an interesting managerial selection a year ago considering he had no professional managing experience and was coaching high school at the time. He signed a one year deal last offseason. The Rockies still finished under 500 this past season but did show improvement. They also had several injuries to key players like Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitski that hurt the team. Weiss now gets the chance to rebuild the team and add some depth with his players, so congratulations to him.
10/10/13: If there is one consistency in the Rockies over the past three seasons, it would be that they have low payroll. Another is that they missed the playoffs and had low win totals. But the biggest trend is their their offense. Actually, it is their defense. The offense has ranked in the top 10 offenses that are playoff worthy. However, their pitching and defense has been underwhelming. Dan O'Dowd and company have some decisions to make this offseason to improve the pitching and defensive play of this team. Even getting just two quality pitchers could mean the difference between the playoffs and golf course this time next year.
10/3/13: Despite the fact that the Rockies finished the season in last place in the NL West with a 74-88 record, the team is not planning any front office changes in the offseason. Owner Dick Monfort announced that item over the weekend, though it looks like he wants to take a more hands-on approach to player trades and signings. Even with the consecutive last place finishes, the Rockies actually improved over 2012. First year manager Walt Wiess will return as well. With some player development and better health, it is not inconceivable that the team contends for a playoff spot next year.
9/26/13: The Rockies made a surprise choice for manager last off season when they hired former MLB'er Walt Weiss. The reason it was so surprising is that Wiess had no professional managing experience and was coaching high-school at the time. They signed Weiss to a one year contract in what was expected to be a transition and try-out year. Weiss has led them to a better record this season than last, and surely would have improved more if not for the injuries to Troy Tulowitzsky and Carlos Gonzalez. In any case, it appears that the Rockies are going to bring Weiss back for the future.
9/19/13: Colorado tried to emulate the Texas Rangers by signing Roy Oswalt in midseason, but hoping for better results. Oswalt has kind of turned into MLB's version of Brett Favre (without the retirement drama). For the past two years he did not sign in the offseason, instead opting to skip spring training and sign as a 'trusted veteran' in the summer. The results have been terrible. Oswalt was an elite pitcher in his day, but he has an ERA over 8.00 this season and has not shown the domination of his early career. The Rockies would be well served to cut ties with Oswalt after the season and develop their own young pitchers.
9/12/13: There are two good reasons for the Rockies to be optimistic about the future. Sure, it is true that the team is not going anywhere and will spend September trying out their prospects. However, aside from the Dodgers, the other NL West teams do not look like they will improve much next season. Conversely, the Rockies have a lot of young guys with major league experience that have shown they can play. If Carlos Gonzalez and Tulo can stay healthy, then this could be a team to contend for the NL West title in 2014 and beyond.
9/4/13: Now that it is September, it is time for Rockies fans to get their first glimpses of some players they may see in the future. But first, they would like to see someone they have missed for two months. Carlos Gonzalez is preparing to get back to the Rockies after missing two months with a finger injury. His loss, combined with Troy Tulowitzsky's injury earlier in the summer, essentially doomed the Rockies. Do not forget that just two months ago the Rockies were in the hunt for the NL West crown. Now is the time to assess new players and hope that next year will not be so catastrophic in terms of injuries.
8/29/13: The Rockies season seemed to have ended when star shortstop Troy Tulowitzky got injured earlier in the year. Of course, this was before the Dodgers broke out and took over the division, but there was a time just a couple of months ago that the Rockies were hovering around the top of the division. Tulo came back, but of course the damage had been done by then. So, like the Padres and Giants, the Rockies are simply left with playing out the rest of the season and perhaps calling up some prospects to give them some MLB experience.
8/22/13: After a promising start, the Rockies season has fallen into disrepair. Part of that was the explosion by the Dodgers. They went from worst to first in the blink of an eye and may be the odds on favorite to win the World Series at this point. But part of that is on the Rockies management. The team limited innings for their starters, which had the adverse affect of placing too much of a burden on closer Raphael Betancourt. What it adds up to is that the Rockies are no longer in contention for a playoff spot. It does mean, though, that they have some experience going into next season, and the hope of winning the division or at least earning a wild card spot.
8/15/13: Like most of the NL West, the Rockies dream of getting to the postseason died once the Dodgers righted themselves. At this point, Colorado is a baker's dozen in games behind the division leader and is simply playing out the season. One bright spot is that they ended their own long losing streak by routing the NL Central leading Pittsburgh Pirates. It probably will not be too long before the Rockies start calling up some top prospects to give them some major league experience with very little pressure or risk. The team is not terrible, but they need to be perfectly healthy and a bit lucky to compete with the Dodgers.
8/8/13: The Rockies chances of getting into the playoffs are getting slimmer with each passing day. About a month ago, the team was in the middle of a battle for the division lead with everyone else. However, since the Dodgers have caught fire, the Rockies have fallen to third place and are 8.5 games out. The good news is that All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been activated, and he should give them both an offensive and emotional boost. If the Rockies can get back on track, then there is the outside chance that they can push for a wild card spot.
8/1/13: Colorado has publicly stated that they are not trading All-Star Michael Cuddyer - but that type of publicity is common around the trade deadline. In the past week, the Rockies have dropped another 2.5 games behind the first place spot (currently held by the surging Dodgers) and are now six games out. There is little chance to believe they could make a run at a wild card spot considering they have to go through at least Arizona, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh - so perhaps trading Cuddyer is in the cards. The question is what can they get in return or do they want to keep the roster for a run next season.
7/25/13: The Rockies must be struggling for pitching of any kind at this point. A few weeks ago they traded with the St. Louis Cardinals for reliever Mitchell Boggs. Boggs was competent for the Cardinals as a set up man, but severely struggled as the closer and was demoted. The Rockies have him now and have called him up to the big leagues. If he can be a mid inning reliever or set up guy, then he can excel. If he is called upon to close games out, then the Rockies may be in trouble, especially at Coors Field.
7/18/13: The Rockies have fallen back in the wild race for the NL West. At the All-Star Break, they stand 4.5 games behind division leading Arizona and 2 games behind second place L.A. They do have a two game cushion on the Giants, however. The good news is that they are not out of the race by any means - there are still about 70 games left to play. Additionally, Troy Tulowitzki is expected to be activated this week and he should give the team a bit of a lift. With a bit of luck and steady play, this team could take the division.
7/11/13: If the Colorado Rockies are going to make a legitimate push for the NL West crown this season then they need their top guys - that includes Troy Tulowitski and Carlos Gonzalez. Tulo has been injured for a few weeks now and it shows. CarGo is now out with a hand injury. There is no timetable for his return, but anytime he misses is harmful to the team's chances. Also, the Roy Oswalt signing is not working out yet. He strained a muscle already and his return is unknown. This is not the right time to get injured, fortunately there is the All-Star Break coming up to get a bit healthier.
7/4/13: Without much fanfare, Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer has the longest hitting streak in the league this year at 26 games. His onbase streak is up to 45 games. He does not get the publicity like lesser performing players, probably because he is in Denver and not in Boston or New York or Los Angeles. Cuddyer should easily be an All-Star this season, but the fans do not always vote for who is best, but who is popular. If he is not voted in, surely Bruce Bochy (the National League manager this year) will call him up to New York for the mid-summer's classic.
6/27/13: The Rockies, unfortunately, are falling back in the race to enter the postseason. Over the weekend, the Nationals took two of three games, and put the Rockies back to 500 on the season. Nationals' pitcher Jordan Zimmerman dominated the Rockies in game one, and Steven Strasburg (back from injury) did the same in the rubber match. Colorado sits in fourth, but is only 4 games back at this point. They will likely have to win the division to get into the playoffs, and the NL West is shaping up as the most compelling race in the National League.
6/20/13: The Rockies, by many accounts, have been playing above their heads this season. They are not supposed to be in the running for the division, nor should they be in contention for a wild card spot. But this team just keeps winning. Unfortunately for the Rockies, their star shortstop, Troy Tulowitski, is out with an oblique injury. The concern is obvious. Tulo is their best player and any prolonged injury may take the team out of the running. The news does not appear good as he apparently has at least one broken rib and will be out a month or so. The Rockies need to dig deep and overcome his absence if they are going to remain a viable competitor this season.
6/13/13: It is now the middle of June, and most people did not expect the Rockies to be in a position to make a run at the playoffs. The team is 2.5 games out of first (Arizona) and is tied with the San Francisco Giants. Most experts thought this would be a two team race between the Dodgers and Giants. The Dodgers have been snakebitten. However, the Rockies are resilient and better than advertised. The team is struggling to score runs with runners in scoring position - having gone through an 0-15 slump. But there is still a lot of baseball to be played and the Rockies do not look like they are willing to give up because they are not supposed to be there.
6/6/13: Depending on the day, the Rockies are as close as one game out and as far as three games out of the NL West chase. There is no arguing that this team has outperformed expectations thus far. The question is if they can keep it up. The team signed veteran Roy Oswalt to a minor league contract and looks like they are close to calling him up to the show. Can Oswalt be the missing piece they need - a former 20 game winner that can perform in clutch situations? That remains to be seen. But as it stands now, the Rockies are in position to make a run for the NL West.
5/30/13: Colorado has been a bit of a surprise team this season. Through Memorial Day, they were 27-23 and only one game back of both the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West. This was supposed to be a race between the Dodgers and Giants. The Dodgers are miserable, though the Giants are as advertised. They look to move up a bit this week as they have a favorable schedule that includes four games with the terrible Houston Astros and three more against the almost as bad L.A. Dodgers. The key to the Rockies is if the pitching can continue to hold up as we get into the summer.
5/23/13: The Rockies signed veteran pitcher Roy Oswalt to a minor league deal with the hopes of bringing him up to the big leagues. This is not the first time Oswalt has pulled this move - he tends to skip spring training and the first half of the season and join a contender mid-season. Nice work if you can get it. However, Oswalt in 2013 is not Oswalt in 2004. Additionally, Coors field is not an ideal pitcher's park. Last, the Rockies are a decent team this year, but they are not one Roy Oswalt away from making the playoffs.
5/16/13: Colorado finally solved the St. Louis pitching on Sunday night, bashing the Redbirds 8-2. However, that was after two days of getting schooled in the art of pitching. Colorado got a broken bat single from their lead off hitter on Friday. Then the next 27 batters went down in succession in a 3-0 loss (a gem of a game from Cardinals' rookie Shelby Miller). On Saturday, their first 13 players did not reach base (count 40 in a row). Adam Wainwright went on to pitch a two hit shutout. Good pitching beats good hitting, and that is the way it was In St. Louis. But the 8 runs on Sunday must have been a nice release.
5/9/13: The Rockies got off to a very impressive start, far better than anyone really expected. Through the first week of May, they are tied for first with the reigning World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, and are two games clear of third place Arizona. The Dodgers, who were expected to challenge the Giants are 3.5 games back. Pitchers generally do not like to throw in Denver where the thin air improves hitting. But the Rockies seem to be in this for the long haul and signed three time All-Star pitcher Roy Oswalt to a minor league contract. Oswalt, when on, is a great pitcher, though he got rocked last year as a member of the Texans.
Jeff Francis held on long enough to earn his fourth win of the year as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Milwaukee Brewers by the score of 9-6 on Monday night. Francis pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits and two walks. He also added two strikeouts over the course of his 76 pitches. Offensively, Jason Herrera, Carlos Gonzalez, Will Rosario, Tyler Colvin, Chris Nelson and DJ LeMahleu all drove in runs in the winning effort. The team managed an impressive 15 hits off Brewers pitching and were a strong 8-16 with runners in scoring position, more than enough to seal the victory against the reeling Brewers. Tyler Chatwood will get the ball for Colorado on Tuesday night.
Despite only lasting four innings, Alex White was solid for the Rockies and helped send Colorado to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night on the road. White lasted four innings, allowing zero earned runs on one hit and five walks. He also added two strikeouts over the course of his 80 pitches, but because he didn't pitch five innings, could not earn a victory. Josh Rutledge provided all of the offense for the Rockies, going 4-5 with three runs batted in to give him 18 on the year. Overall, while the team did manage 10 hits, they were just 2-15 with runners in scoring position.
Jonathan Sanchez continued his struggles on the 2012 season on Sunday as he led the Colorado Rockies to a 7-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Sanchez lasted just 4.1 innings, surrendering six earned runs on eight hits and two walks. He also added three strikeouts, but also allowed two home runs as he saw his earned run average balloon to 11.88 on the year. Offensively, Josh Rutledge blasted his second home run of the season in the first inning off Reds starter Matt Latos, a two run shot that accounted for the teams only runs of the game. Overall, the Rockies managed just six hits and were 0-5 with runners in scoring position.
Jonathan Sanchez struggled in his first start with the Colorado Rockies as the team lost a 6-3 ball game to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night. Sanchez pitched just four innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits and four walks. He also added five strikeouts en route to his first loss in a Rockies uniform this season. Offensively, the team managed just six hits against Ian Kennedy and the Diamondbacks bullpen, two of which were home runs. Carlos Gonzalez provided some late fire by adding his 20th HR of the season in the ninth inning, but unfortunately for Colorado it wasn't enough to earn the win.
The Colorado Rockies received some good news on Thursday as it was revealed that their All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will only miss around 6 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left groin. Tulowitzki originally injured his groin on May 30 in a game against the Houston Astros while running out a ground ball in the infield. The primary diagnosis was that Tulowitzki would miss up to 8 weeks following his surgery, but it is now expected that he will be back on the field a little bit sooner than was originally thought, which is good for the Colorado Rockies as Tulowitzki was batting .287 with 8 home runs and 27 RBI before his injury.
After taking the first game of their three-game weekend series against the New York Mets with a convincing 18-9 victory, the Colorado Rockies dropped the final two games to move to 10-11 on the season. Sunday's game was a close one, with the Mets pulling it out in the 11th inning on an Ike Davis RBI single in the top of the inning. Although he gave up the tying run in the 10th, Frank Francisco picked up his first victory of the season, while reliever Ramon Ramirez picked up his first save by closing it out for the Mets. Carlos Gonzalez led the Rockies offense with two hits, including a home run in the 10th off of Francisco.
While the Los Angeles Dodgers have grabbed most of the headlines in the NL West so far this season, the Colorado Rockies are playing solid baseball through their first 15 games with an 8-7 record. Newcomer Michael Cuddyer leads the lineup with a .345 batting average and 11 runs batted in, while Todd Helton paces the team in home runs with three. 49-year-old Jamie Moyer appears to be in prime form as he has lead the pitching staff with a 2.55 earned run average and a 1.30 WHIP. The team will go to Queens this weekend to face off against the New York
The Colorado Rockies have begun the 2012 season with a rough start, going 1-3 through their first four games. Offensively, the team has looked anemic, putting up only 10 runs to support their pitching staff. On a positive note, new addition Michael Cuddyer is off to a strong start with a .333 batting average and a home run, while franchise player Troy Tulowitzki has also added a home run and three runs batted in. Right-hander Juan Nicasio leads the pitching staff with a 1.29 ERA and 4 strikeouts through the first week of the season.The team hopes to rebound with series against the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks this week.
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