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3/25/15: A year ago, Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman took a nasty line drive off his head in spring training and was out several weeks. This spring training, that is looking like a bad trend. Clayton Kershaw of the L.A. Dodgers was on the wrong side of it last week, as was the Colorado Rockies' reliever Rafael Betancourt. Fortunately, Betancourt was able to walk off the field under his own power. He is now 40 years old and trying to make the team in the bullpen, but this jaw contusion may make him think twice about coming back for one more season.
3/18/15: It may seem like a tired storyline, but the fact of the matter is that the success or failure of the Colorado Rockies' season is heavily reliant upon the health and productivity of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Tulo was having an MVP season in 2014 before a torn labrum ended his season and he has only averaged 88 games in the last three season. He is doing pretty well in spring training this season and looks like he is having fun. Just last weekend, he and Justin Morneau sent consecutive pitches over the wall in a 6-2 win over reigning AL champions Kansas City.
3/11/15: Once again, the Colorado Rockies are pinning their hopes on shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to lead them to victories throughout the year. Of course, that problem in the past has been the frequent injuries that both have suffered and have kept them sidelined. The team, and anyone that follows baseball, knows that if those two are not playing then the chance of winning drops significantly. Both made progress in their rehabs last week when they ran the bases for the first time this spring training. CarGo, at least, says he is ready to go. Let's hope that is true.
2/18/15: Charles Barkley may not believe in analytics, but the practice of analyzing statistics and trends has a big place in baseball. And not just with front office and manager types, players are getting in on the act as well. Take Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino. He studied sabremetrics on his high fastball last season, which he felt was getting hit too much. That led him to make some adjustments during the season and he improved from a 4.12 ERA in the first half of the season to a 2.53 ERA in the second half of the season, while also improving his infield pop-up rate from 4 percent to 27 percent.
1/21/15: Many experts speculated that the Rockies would trade their star shortstop, Troy Tulowitski, to New York. He was thought to be a good successor to Derek Jeter. However, in recent weeks, the thought has been that he would be going to New York, but not to the Yankees, but to the Mets. There is an obvious market there, but the Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort says that is 'not happening'. Maybe that is true and maybe it is a smoke screen. Of course, Dick Monfort, last season, speculated that Denver may not deserve to have a team, so take the Tulo statement with a grain of salt.
1/14/15: The Colorado Rockies are looking for another arm or two for their rotation, but at this point in the offseason the picking are pretty slim. The team reportedly has a mild interest in Dan Haren. Haren is now with the Miami Marlins after being traded from the LA Dodgers. However, he has threatened to retire if he is not traded back to the West Coast. The Rockies have also had talks with Ryan Vogelsong. Vogelsong was a pretty good pitcher for several years, but now he is 38 and coming off of a season where he went 8-13 with a 4.00 ERA and has a career ERA of 7.92 in Coors Field. Maybe there is someone else out there.
11/19/14: The Rockies lost free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer to the Mets last week. With the huge asterisk denoting 'when healthy' Cuddyer is among the best hitters in all of the major leagues. He won the batting title in 2013, but has been mostly hurt for his career. Cuddyer actually admitted that he would have signed the Rockies' qualifying offer for $15.3 million for a single season if the Mets had not come calling. At least the Rockies will get draft compensation for him. The next question is if the Rockies will trade shortstop Troy Tulowitsky, as the Yankees are rumored to be interested in him.
11/12/14: The Phillies, at least in talk if not deed (yet) are reportedly looking to make some big roster moves this offseason. The team has been criticized for repeatedly signing big-name, aging and expensive former superstars to contracts that cripple the organization. However, word is that they are trying to trade Ryan Howard and the $70-plus million he is owed (good luck with that) and even ace pitcher Cole Hammels. The Cubs had interest in Hammels in the regular season. Too bad Alphonso Soriano just retired, at age 38, he would be the perfect trade bait for the Phillies.
10/29/14: The Colorado Rockies continue to be one of the busier teams this fall. They already have had to replace a few of their top men in the front office in the last few weeks and now they are digging down to the managerial staff. The team fired pitching coach Jim Wright and assistant pitching coach Bo McLaughlin. Wright had been in the position for the past two seasons. While the Rockies had the worst ERA in the league at 4.84, it is simply harder to be an effective pitcher in the thin air of Denver than in other locations. A few top ranked pitchers have failed in that environment, and in fact, Bob Apodaco (the man Wright replaced in 2012) asked to be reassigned from being the pitching coach.
10/22/14: Add outfielder Jason Pridie to the list of marginal players that have elected free agency but do not have much in terms of credentials to land a big deal. Pridie had almost no effect on the team this season, getting only four at-bats all year. In 236 career at-bats (which is less than half a regular season) he has hit just .229/.302/.369. Those are not the type of numbers that get long-term, big money deals. Others in the same boat are Tony Gwynn (Philadelphia Phillies) and pitcher Trevor Bell (Cincinnati Reds). But good luck to him in his quest for a new job.
10/15/14: There is a major upheaval going on in Colorado these days. Longtime General Manager Dan O'Dowd resigned after 15 years on the job, as well as Bill Geivett. The Rockies have tried to live by the health of Troy Tulowitzky and Carlos Gonzalez. That has not worked as each tends to get injured. Rather than go outside the organization and get a new perspective, senior director of player development Jeff Bridich was promoted to General Manager. Bridich is young, just 37 years old, and from Harvard. It will be interesting if he employs a more statistical model for reshaping the ball club.
10/8/14: Okay, Denver, it is time to put the Rockies season behind us and focus on the Broncos getting back to the Super Bowl. It was a touch year for the local nine. It started out promising, back when CarGo, Troy Tulowitzki and Nathan Aredano were all healthy. Unfortunately, the Rockies are far too dependent upon a handful of players. When those guys are healthy, this is an exciting team that can compete with anyone. However, as has been the narrative for the past few years, their key guys got injured for prolonged stretches, and that ended up costing the team in the end. Here's to better health and better results next season.
10/1/14: The Rockies suffered through a tumultuous 2014 season, but alas, it is finally over. While critics may point out a number of issues with the team and organization as a whole, there are some positives. The notion that the team is heavily dependent upon a few key players is valid, and when they get hurt, the team really suffers. Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer, Carlos Gomez and Nathan Arenado are prime examples. However, when those guys are in the lineup, this is a good team that can compete with anyone. One final happy note: Cuddyer drove in a career high seven runs last week, something to think about as he heads into free agency.
9/24/14: Rockies' third baseman Nolan Arenado made a name for himself early this season with a hitting streak that lasted almost 30 games. It was more than unfortunate that he got injured and missed several weeks of the season. He has been more than serviceable since his return, and Rockies fans can point to that for optimism in future seasons. There is some bad news though. He has been shut down for the season as he is suffering from pneumonia. It is a shame. He had an impressive stat line of .287/.328/.880 with 18 home runs this season before the illness struck.
9/17/14: File this under "Did not see that coming". Very quietly, Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has crept up into contention for the league batting title. It would be his first, even though he had several standout years in Minnesota. Morneau was not very strong at the plate for the past few seasons as he battled a litany of injuries. Pittsburgh essentially gave up on him after just half a season. But he seems to have found renewed life in the Rockies and with the Rockies. As of last week, he was batting a strong .315 for the season.
8/28/14: Even when it looks like things are starting to look up a bit for the Rockies, the fates have a way of bringing them back down to earth. Aside from the numerous other injuries the team has, and even aside from the public relations missteps that owner Dick Monfort has taken in relation to Rockies fans, Michael Cuddyer is injured again. In case you missed it, Cuddyer was activated from the DL just last week, but experienced hamstring soreness. He had been on waivers, in hopes of a trade, but the injury required Colorado to pull him back.
8/21/14: Things just are not going well this season for the Colorado Rockies. The team is top heavy on the roster, so they need their stars to stay healthy throughout the year if there is going to be a chance to compete with L.A. and San Francisco. They weren't and aren't healthy, so it has been a tough summer in the mountains. To add insult to injury, the Rockies home game against the Reds was postponed last Saturday because a water main broke outside the stadium. That limited the water supply for the stadium, and affected restrooms and concessions.
8/14/14: The concern among the fans of the Colorado Rockies goes beyond what the organization is doing to improve their roster or how they intend to compete in the NL West against the super-rich Dodgers and the always deep Giants. Now the concern is if the players have checked out on the season or are simply careless. The Arizona Diamondbacks caught the Rockies being lazy last week when rookie David Peralta stole home while catcher Michael McKenry lazily lobbed the ball back to pitcher Rex Brothers. Arizona won the game, but plays like that are really frustrating for fans.
8/7/14: It has been a rocky (yes, pun intended) few weeks for Colorado. First, owner Dick Monfort made a series of PR blunders with his comments about fans should stay home, Denver does not deserve a team, and throwing the Assistant GM under the bus for the current lineup. Common sense tells us that it is not good to antagonize your customers or personnel. But the trade deadline came and went, and the only trade the Rockies made was Kevin Gausman for Jorge De La Rosa. Perhaps reliever LaTroy Hawkins could have been moved, but may never be known.
7/31/14: The Colorado Rockies probably would like some good press these days. The last few weeks have had the Public Relations team working overtime after owner Dick Monfort has told a fan to not come to games, speculated that Denver does not deserve an MLB team and threw his assistant GM under the bus for a questionable roster. So they did not need to mess up a fan promotion where by misspelling the name of their best player, Troy Tulowitzki. Sure, it is a minor thing, but in light of everything else going on it is misstep that should have been prevented.
7/24/14: If you have not heard, Colorado Rockies' owner Dick Monfort has been on quite a roll lately - mostly for antagonizing fans and staff. A few weeks ago, he emailed a disgruntled fan with the suggestion that he not come to the games. He also said that perhaps Denver does not deserve a team (that tends to go over poorly with the citizens who paid for his stadium). Finally, he identified assistant GM Bill Geivett as the reason the team is struggling this season. This is great material for those in college studying "How to Ostracize Customers and Staff 101'. Other owners may do it differently, but they do not have a team in last place with a .417 winning percentage.
7/17/14: The Colorado Rockies welcomed back star Carlos Gonzalez last week, and not a moment too soon. The Rockies beat the Twins 6-2 in his return, which really meant the return of most of their regular starting lineup. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzski continues his strong play and the team got third baseman Nolan Arenado back a couple of weeks ago. The Rockies have a genuinely solid lineup both offensively and defensively when everyone is healthy. The problem for the past few years is that they cannot keep their stars on the field. That has shown in the standings. But as long as they are all back, then expect a better second half to the season.
7/10/14: The Rockies season got a lot tougher earlier in the season when both third baseman Nolan Arenado and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez went on the disabled list with injuries. Since then, the Rockies have fallen to fourth in the NL West, and have a double digit number of games back from the Dodgers and Giants. Arenado came back from the DL last Friday, and he has shown that he can consistently hit. Gonzalez is targeting a comeback before the All-Star break. He has been cleared for live batting practice, so getting back before July 13 may be on the optimistic side.
7/3/14: When the Boston Red Sox dropped ten games in a row earlier in the season, it was headline news for the nation's sports media. That is one of the curses of playing in a truly major market. The Rockies are currently in their own free fall, having lost nine of their last ten outings. The prolonged slump has dropped them from striking distance to one game ahead of both the Diamondbacks and Padres, and a full 11 games behind the San Francisco Giants. Their road record says it all at 15-27, and likely means that team will be looking to deal players for prospects at the trade deadline.
6/26/14: The Rockies got an unexpected jolt earlier this season when third baseman Nolan Arenado went into machine mode and hit safely in 28 straight games. That is still the longest hitting streak this year and helped keep the Rockies afloat during the early part of the season. But like all good things with the Rockies, he got hurt. Specifically he hurt a finger and it is tough to hold a bat without all your digits. Good news came this past week when X-rays came back 'clean'. He will not need surgery and may make his return soon. The Giants have run away with the NL West, but a strong couple of months could put the Rockies in play for a wild card spot.
6/19/14: The Rockies may have just developed a new enemy team with the Atlanta Braves. The Braves are widely considered to 'police' games and make sure everyone is playing the 'right way', even if the slights they assume are imaginary. Last Thursday, Braves pitcher (seemingly intentionally) hit Corey Dickerson with a pitch after Dickerson foul tipped a ball off catcher Gerald Laird, then accidentally hit him with his bat on the follow through. Carpenter was ejected, so was Rockies manager Walt Weiss. Then more pitchers throwing at batters. It was a dangerous sequence, and the Rockies do not need that as they chase the Giants.
6/12/14: The Rockies are holding their collective breath these days while star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez tries to heal from a finger injury. The team placed him on the 15 day disabled list last week and recently announced he would undergo exploratory surgery on his left index finger. Colorad0 has struggled with CarGo out of the line up (actually they started struggling a little before then). This has not been a strong year for Gonzalez, but perhaps he can rebound to his former self once he gets his finger fully healed and ready to play baseball, rather than sit on the bench.
6/6/14: The Colorado Rockies are hanging tough in second place in the NL West. They are a couple of games over .500 and neck and neck with the L.A. Dodgers. If the playoffs started now then they may be able to get the second wild card spot. That being said, San Francisco is still seven games up and has the best record in the majors. The Rockies got some good news in that third baseman Nolan Arenado does not need surgery for his injured finger. Arenado has been great all year and the Rockies could use his bat in the lineup.
5/29/14: Last week was a tough one for the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies have been a pleasant surprise this season and have steadied themselves in second place in the NL West. They lost 6 of 10 games, dropping them 3.5 games behind the Giants. However, the really bad news is that third baseman, Nolan Arenado, fractured a finger and is out six to eight weeks. Arenado is having a breakout year. He had the longest hitting streak in the majors so far this season and is a key reason for the Rockies' strong offensive output. The injury may have come diving into second base. After the absurd number of Tommy John surgeries this season, players injuring their hands sliding is a close second to abnormal injuries.
5/22/14: The Rockies seem to be putting it all together these days. Everyone knows about CarGo and Tulowitzki - and the conventional wisdom was that as they go, so goes the team. They did not expect to see great production out other spots and that includes centerfielder Charlie Blackmon. Blackmon has been hitting the cover off the ball this season and already has nine homers nine doubles and eight stolen bases. Many questioned him coming into the season because Corey Dickerson had a better spring training. If the Rockies can keep this up, then they will be in great shape for the NL West in the fall.
5/15/14: The Rockies probably do not want to hear any talk about this being a rebuilding year or that only two teams in the NL West can win the division. They are playing great this season and it shows by being among the top teams in the NL West. Everyone knows about Troy Tulowitski and Carlos Gonzales, and what they bring. But few paid attention to third baseman Nolan Arenado who is having a breakout season. He had a 28 game hitting streak, which is the longest in the majors this season and set a new Rockies franchise record.
5/8/14: The Rockies may have the best player you have never heard of right now. That man is third baseman Nolan Arenado. Arenado is getting some national publication love for the long-distance corner to corner play he made to throw out Chris Young on a hard hit ball down the line last week. He made it look easy, and the video is making its way around the internets now. Arenado won the Gold Glove for his position as a rookie and is doing well on offense as well. He extended his hitting streak to 22 games, which is the longest in MLB this season.
5/1/14: The standoff is over (even if that is a bit of an overstatement). The Colorado Rockies and pitcher Rafael Betancourt finally agreed to deal. It is a minor league contract and Betancourt will go to extended spring training. The apparent idea is that he will pitch in the minors and get himself into baseball shape in the near term, with an eye towards joining the Rockies some time in the summer. Colorado is in the thick of the NL West, and if they can keep up their winning ways, then this could be a very good midseason pickup for them as they try to chase down the Giants and Dodgers.
4/24/14: If the Rockies are going to have a shot this season at catching the Dodgers and Giants, then they must have everyone not just healthy, but playing at a high level. The team got some bad news earlier in the week when outfielder Michael Cuddyer was placed on the disabled list. Cuddyer was a lone bright spot last season when he hist .331 and won the NL batting title. He was off to a good start this season as well, hitting .317 before the injury. He sat out the weekend series as well. Hopefully, this is a minor injury and Cuddyer can come back as strong as he was before.
4/17/14: While the Giants were celebrating, the Rockies were lamenting what may have been last Sunday. Colorado and San Francisco split the first two games of their series last weekend and put on quite a finale for the rubber match. The Rockies trailed 4-1 heading into the seventh inning. They tied it up in the eighth and forced extra innings. Unfortunately, the Giants' Brandon Crawford decided it was time for everyone to go home and hit a walk-off home run to end the game and give the series to the Giants. The Rockies have some talent this season, but really need to get their pitching straightened out to compete in the NL West.
4/10/14: Everyone and their brother expects the L.A. Dodgers to win the National League West this year, just as they did last year. But, in reality, any team could pull out the division, even the Colorado Rockies. Unfortunately for Colorado, the first week of the season has not been too kind. They are hitting well. They rank in the top four in runs scored, batting average and on base percentage, and a very respectable 7th in slugging percentage. However, pitching has not been their friend, as they rank 26th in ERA and 24th in batting average against. If they can get the pitching straightened out, then this could be a very good team this season.
4/3/14: It was a tough start to the season for the Colorado Rockies, as they fell 4-3 in the season opener to the Miami Marlins. Colorado is hoping to be a playoff team this season and they have some decent pitching to go along with Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop and Carlos Gomez in the outfield. This opening day loss has to hurt, however, since the Rockies battled back from a 2-0 deficit. Cargo had a late RBI in the 8th inning, but it simply was not enough on this night. The good news is that there are a lot of games left to be played and this Rockies team has time to find their way.
3/27/14: The Rockies are still playing spring training games in the Arizona Cactus League, but they are already two games out of first place. Not to worry, though. That is simply a scheduling quirk. Major League Baseball sent the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks to Sydney, Australia to open up the season (10 days early) with a two game series. The Rockies will open their regular season this weekend and Jorge De La Rosa will be the starter in the opener. The good news is that even though they are two games behind the Dodgers, they are already two games up on the D'Backs.
3/20/14: He's back. He's finally back. There is no question that the Rockies are heavily reliant upon shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gomez. The problem is keeping them healthy. Both went down with injury last season, and with them, the Rockies had no chance in competing in the NL West, particularly against a loaded Los Angeles Dodgers team. Tulo is finally back in the spring training lineup. He has not had a great spring, but did go 1-3 in his return. Again, the Rockies must hope that Tulo and CarGo are healthy all season, or it will be another long year in Denver.
3/13/14: The Rockies took a big risk when they signed free agent first baseman Justin Morneau. Actually, it is not that big of a risk. Morneau, of course, is the former MVP from his time with the Minnesota Twins. His production has dropped significantly in the past few years, and a lot of that was due to injury. In Colorado, he is not expected to be the star. He is expected to be a solid first baseman that can put up some hits and drive in a few runs. It also helps that he will be playing in a hitter's park rather than in the cold springs and falls of Minneapolis. He may never get back to MVP form, but should be a solid contributor this season.
3/6/14: Two seasons ago, the Rockies were among the worst teams in the entire league and only won 64 games. They hired first time head coach Walt Weiss and improved to 74 wins last season. A nice improvement, but still seven games under 500. Actually, the Rockies were five games over 500 on June 11, but their season disintegrated with injuries to their two best players, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. It shows just how much those guys mean to the team. For the Rockies to make it all the way to even ball, both stars will have be in the line-up more, as well as get some help from the rest of the team.
2/27/14: Speculation that the Rockies would move star Carlos Gonzalez to center field from left field should be put to an end now. Manager Walt Weiss has now stated that CarGo will stay in left while center is up for grabs between Drew Stubbs, Corey Dickerson and Brandon Barnes. CarGo is not injury prone, but has not played in more than 135 games for each of the past three seasons. Last season, he sprained a finger, which cost him some time, and last month he underwent an emergency appendectomy. Keeping him in left field is the prudent play, as that will exert less stress on the all-star throughout the season.
2/20/14: Carlos Gonzalez was having a career year in 2013, even climbing into the ranks of the elite players in the majors, when his season was derailed by a finger injury. That followed with an emergency appendectomy last month. Colorado needs his offense (and a smooth transition to center field) if they are going to compete with cash-flush Dodgers, the talented Diamondbacks, and the rebuilt Giants. CarGo should be a go this season, but it would be a lot better if he is healthy in February and March so he can be dominant in August and September.
2/13/14: Congratulations to former Rockies' great Todd Helton. He became the first player to have his number retired by the franchise. A three-day celebration is scheduled for August 15-17 to commemorate the honor of the end of number 17 from the Rockies rotation. The only other number retired in the Rockies is No. 42, but that was retired by all of professional baseball in honor of Jackie Robinson. Helton was the 8th overall pick in 1995, and hit 369 home runs with a career batting average of .316 over 17 seasons. He is easily the best player in franchise history.
2/6/14: With the Denver Broncos being in the Super Bowl, not many people in Denver are paying attention to the Colorado Rockies. That is understandable, but it does not mean the Rockies have shut down shop by any means. They are busy building depth in an effort to get the team to the World Series. The team signed reliever Manuel Corpus as well as more bullpen depth in Nick Masset. The Masset deal is for $1.2 million in the minors with an invitation to spring training. October may be a long way off, but the Rockies are quietly putting together a pretty good team.
1/30/14: Considering the Seahawks are playing the Broncos in the Super Bowl, perhaps Rockies fans are a bit relieved by this revelation. Seahawks' QB Russell Wilson will have a baseball card next season, but it will be as a member of the Texas Rangers. Technically, the Rockies had Wilson's baseball rights last season, but it does not look like he is going to leave a promising pro football career. The Rangers selected Wilson as a Rule 5 player last month, so now he is under Rangers control. Russell played in Class A ball in 2010 and 2011.
1/23/14: It looks like relief pitcher Raphael Betancourt may get his wish to play again with the Rockies. Betancourt came to Colorado in 2009 and has posted an excellent 3.08 ERA and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 264 relief appearances. Of course, he is coming off of Tommy John surgery and will likely miss the first few months of the 2014 season. He said recently that he wanted to return to the Rockies and that he would retire if that did not happen. The team and player are now in talks, so a return looks very likely. Colorado and their fans are hoping that when he returns, he can help a bullpen that is in the middle of a playoff chase.
1/16/14: Many pitchers want to avoid Denver like the plague due to the high altitude which makes the ball carry further, thus making them less effective. So it is pretty rare to hear that the Rockies are the only destination of choice for a pitcher. That seems to be the case with Rafael Betancourt. Betancourt is 38 years old and rehabbing from Tommy John surgery - so he is not the ideal pitching candidate. The Rockies declined his $4.25 million option for 2014 as well. But Betancourt says that he wants to return to the organization or else retire.
1/9/14: No team is every perfect. Even the best teams have some flaws, but find ways to cover them up or reduce their impact. Teams that are said to be perfect in April rarely are perfect in October. The trick is to stay in the race and continually improve. The Rockies have room for improvement. A chief concern is starting lefthanded pitching. There is speculation that the Rockies could try to trade for Jaime Garcia of the Cardinals. Garcia missed most of 2013 with injury, but will be back to full form by spring training. He has had an ERA under 4.00 each season and is reasonably priced for the next two years.
1/2/14: The Rockiers have flown largely under the radar this offseason. The team is building around their best players (Troy Tulowitsky and Carlos Gonzalez) by signing under-valued free agents to bolster the roster. Key additions this offseason are veteran relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, outfielder Dexter Fowler, lefty pitcher Brett Anderson, and first baseman Justin Morneau. Colorado has acquired these players through trades or low cost signings. We'll see throughout the next season if the moves pay off. Colorado has a good base of talent, but may need a couple more additions to compete with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks in the NL West.
12/26/13: The Rockies signed first baseman Justin Morneau to play first base during this offseason and are banking on him coming back to life. Morneau, for many years, was one of the elite players at his position and any team would have been happy to have him. He has struggled at the major league level for the past few years after coming back from major injury. Simply put, he has not been the all-pro in the past few years as he was earlier in his career. The Rockies are banking on the thin air and relatively weak division to rejuvenate his career - which would make the Rockies a compelling team in 2014.
12/19/13: For Rockies fans looking for a big signing this offseason, you will have to wait a little bit longer. However, that does not mean that the Rockies are not trying to improve their roster. The team signed Boone Logan to a three year, $16.5 million contract last week. Logan is an eight year veteran, having spent time with the White Sox, Braves, and (for the past three years), the Yankees. He is a lefty reliever - a bullpen guy - that is pretty effective. With New York, he posted a 3.38 ERA with 202 strikeouts against 58 unintentional walks in 176 innings. No, he is not the sexy signing, but he does bolster the bullpen.
12/12/13: It was not that long ago that Justin Morneau was considered one of the top talents in all of baseball. He was the AL MVP in 2006. However, he started to decline in 2009 when lost a lot of time due to a stress fracture in his back in 2009. He kept slipping over the years and was shipped to the Pirates in a trade deadline deal last season. He became a free agent after the season and just signed a two year deal to join the Rockies and revive a once promising career. The Rockies are banking on a come back as well. And the thin air in Denver should help him get his home runs up from just 17 in 2013.
12/5/13: It is no secret that the Rockies are looking for a quality first baseman to replace the retired Todd Helton. It is also well known that Colorado's first choice is free agent Justin Morneau. Morneau played almost his entire career in Minnesota but was sent to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline. Apparently the Rockies have a backup plan in case they do not land Morneau. James Loney looks to be Plan B. He had a breakout year with the Rays last season, batting .299 and adding 13 home runs and 75 RBIs. While those are good numbers, he started off the season on fire then settled down the last four months of the season.
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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|May 27, 2015||Colorado Rockies - Cincinnati Reds||6 - 4|
|May 26, 2015||Colorado Rockies - Cincinnati Reds||1 - 2|
|May 25, 2015||Colorado Rockies - Cincinnati Reds||5 - 4|
|May 24, 2015||San Francisco Giants - Colorado Rockies||2 - 11|
|May 23, 2015||San Francisco Giants - Colorado Rockies||3 - 5|
|May 22, 2015||San Francisco Giants - Colorado Rockies||11 - 8|
|May 21, 2015||Philadelphia Phillies - Colorado Rockies||3 - 7|
|May 20, 2015||Philadelphia Phillies - Colorado Rockies||4 - 2|
|May 18, 2015||Philadelphia Phillies - Colorado Rockies||4 - 3|
|May 17, 2015||Colorado Rockies - Los Angeles Dodgers||0 - 1|
|May 16, 2015||Colorado Rockies - Los Angeles Dodgers||7 - 1|
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