Posted May 14, 2012 on
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The Colorado Rockies' Christian Friedrich impressed in his major league debut last week, slowing down one of the weaker offenses in baseball.
He'll get a chance to face another one of the majors' least intimidating lineups in his second start.
Friedrich tries to provide the slumping Rockies with another lift Monday night at AT&T Park in the opener of this two-game set against the San Francisco Giants, who are hoping Ryan Vogelsong can win a fifth consecutive start in this series.
In the midst of an eight-game road swing, Colorado (13-20) suffered a three-game sweep in Los Angeles over the weekend. The Rockies issued 10 walks over a five-inning stretch and allowed a combined nine runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth frames of Sunday's 11-5 loss.
"There's no way of saying it nicely. That's awful," manager Jim Tracy said. "There's not a whole lot else to say. You walk nine guys form the fifth inning on, I don't care where you play...
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Juan Nicasio was great on Saturday.The other game going on in Los Angeles featured the Colorado Rockies and the hometown Dodgers. The focus should have been squarely on the basketball game.On Saturday night, the Rockies offense couldn't support Juan Nicasio, blowing the best start of his young, courageous career. The offense allowed journeyman Aaron Harang to look like an ace...
On March 5th, Christian Friedrich was inducted into the annual Best Shape Of His Life club thanks to this MLB.com article from Thomas Harding:
Even worse, he had bulked up to 240 pounds by the latter part of the season, partly because of his off-base workouts and partly because he had fallen into the habit of late-night meals.
But this winter, Friedrich spent a week and a half training...
The 100-game suspension handed down to Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo for testing positive for a banned substance last September has been rescinded, Major League Baseball announced Monday, and the reason is nearly identical to the one raised when Ryan Braun's suspension was overturned. Alfonzo, 33, served a 50-game suspension in 2008 for violating MLB's drug policy...
A person familiar with the decision says Major League Baseball has dropped its 100-game suspension of Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo for a positive drug test because of the same procedural issues that came up in the Ryan Braun case.
Alfonzo is eligible to play immediately, according to the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday night...
Remember when we said MLB would never let another player beat the system the way Ryan Braun did? Well, looks like we wrong. Dead wrong.
According to the AP, Colorado Rockies catch Eliezer Alfonzo just beat the system. And he beat it in a big way. Alfonzo was set to start serving a 100 game suspension, but after using the same defense that got Braun off, MLB has reportedly been forced...
The Colorado Rockies sent catcher Eliezer Alfonzo to Triple-A, where he is on the restricted list until he's able to obtain a visa to travel from Venezuela, after after Major League Baseball dropped...
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According to a baseball source, Major League Baseball has dropped the 100-game suspension levied against Eliezer Alfonzo last season due to the same procedural issues that surfaced during the Ryan Braun case over the offseason.
The specific procedural issues were yet again not specifically outlined in this report, but the important aspect to note is that this was not an appeal case...
Major League Baseball and the players' union agreed to drop the 100-game suspension imposed on Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo for a positive drug test because of the same procedural issues that came up in the Ryan Braun case.
Alfonzo missed 48 games -- the final 15 of last season and the first 33 of this year.
Braun's 50-game suspension for a positive drug test...
Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler scaled the Dodger Stadium wall going for a ball the other night while a Los Angeles fan looked on. It made for a funny scene, and we wanted to see what NESN readers had as a caption for the photo. Here's a look at Saturday's #NESNCaption Caption Contest winners. Joe E Callahan: "Juuuust a bit too high." Brendon Cardinal: "...
This weekend the Colorado Rockies were swept in a three game series by the first place Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies have now lost eight of their last nine games and are currently tied with the Kansas City Royals for the third worst record in baseball (13-20). The Dodgers, of course, have the best record in baseball (23-11).
I can’t wait until Christian Friedrich’s next start. He’ll be found after the game, sitting in the team shower, shivering under the shower head, shivering in his soaking uniform.
“B-b-but I threw the ball! How did they hit it?”
Rockies Pitching Coach Bob Apodaca will turn off the shower tap, and slide down next to Friedrich.
“Son, you’re going to have to learn sooner...