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Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez say he is OK after knee scare

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez acknowledges he was ''scared'' when he felt pain again in his surgically repaired left knee. Gonzalez declared himself healthy on Sunday and was a little disappointed he wasn't in the starting lineup against Arizona. The Rockies decided to give him a second day off as a precaution; Gonzalez expects to play Monday...
Via AP on Fox
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Rockies need to keep Butler and Gray in Triple A

Inside the building at 20th and Blake, the Colorado Rockies have always had a firm and sound corporate policy when it comes to their employees: They’ve always promoted from within. Hire good people for lower level jobs and have them work their way up. Most current Rockies employees have done it that way – some better than others, but all with the understanding that this is how...
Via Mile High Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic

Everyone is very familiar with the definition of insanity, so there’s no reason to shove it down your throat once again. And everyone is very familiar with how the Colorado Rockies have embodied that definition. The Rockies have been laughingly, depressingly predictable. That was until now or at least that’s what everyone at 20th and Blake want the populous of Denver to believe...
Via Mile High Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies pitching woes show no end

This is not a column about Coors Field ruining pitchers. The fact is, until the Colorado Rockies decide to change a different variable besides the actual pitchers (i.e. trainers, approaches to pitching at altitude, approaches to pitching as a club, a better method of keeping relievers fresh, etc.) in their quest for competent pitching, it’s lazy analysis to simply dismiss the club’s...
Via Mile High Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Trying To Optimize The Rockies Rotation For Coors Field

A few weeks back, I wrote about Jorge de la Rosa’s remarkable mastery of Coors Field, a fact made all the more interesting by the reality that he’s struggled badly pretty much everywhere else. One of the comments on that piece put forth a pretty fascinating idea: The Rockies need to break the straitjacket of […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Opening Day Starters: N.L West

Opening Day Starters: NL West Starting pitchers pride themselves on being named the Opening Day starter for their ball club. The assignment is motivating as you’re often pegged as the guy who will lead your starting staff. The Opening Day assignment is quite overblown by fans, especially when their team doesn’t have a true #1 or obvious choice for the start. I begin a mini series...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies knew changes were needed after their fourth straight losing season, one that saw them drop 96 games and barely avoid a third straight last place finish in the NL West. But rather than trading the high salaries of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez and rebuilding, the Rockies instead dumped GM Dan O’Dowd and replaced him with Jeff Bridich in hopes that a change...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Alan Johnson Racing, Points Leader Shawn Langdon Will Race NHRA Season's Fourth Event in Charlotte

Alan Johnson Racing and Top Fuel points leader Shawn Langdon will compete in this weekend’s NHRA 4-Wide Nationals, the team announced today.  The fourth race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season is set for March 27-29 at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.Langdon, the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel World Champion, won the season’s opening race last month in the Knuckle...

The worst Opening Day starters of the 21st century

Last week, the Colorado Rockies announced that their Opening Day starter, a prestigious assignment typically reserved for the best and/or most respected pitcher on the staff, would be Kyle Kendrick. As in Kyle Kendrick, quite possibly the worst starting pitcher in baseball in 2014. Ladies and gentlemen, the 2015 Colorado Rockies! Get excited! Upon seeing this news, it seemed non...
Via Bloguin Best
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies release veteran right-hander Jhoulys Chacin

  In a surprise move, Colorado released right-hander Jhoulys Chacin after the former Rockies' ace struggled this spring. After going 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA last year, Chacin had a 6.52 ERA in four appearances in Cactus League games, two starts. He walked four and struck out five in 9-2/3 innings. ''It's a tough day,'' manager Walt Weiss said. ''A tough day for us, for me having to...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies Release Jhoulys Chacin

The Colorado Rockies announced today that they have released starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin. He was owed $5.5 million this year, however he’s had a tough spring so far pitching to a 6.52 ERA surrendering 16 hits in 9.2 innings with 5 strikeouts and 4 walks. By making the move now before the regular season starts, the Rockies will save about $4.14 million according to the Rockies’...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies' Rafael Betancourt hit in jaw by liner, escapes with bruise

  Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt was struck in the jaw by a line drive and walked off with a bruise Thursday in Colorado's 13-2 win over the Kansas City Royals. The 39-year-old Betancourt was hit in the sixth inning by Brett Eibner's liner. He was checked by a trainer before leaving the mound, and manager Walt Weiss said Betancourt passed concussion tests. ''We just didn't see...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Opening Day Preview: Colorado Rockies

2015 COLORADO ROCKIES PREVIEW In 2014, the Colorado Rockies managed to be quite an exciting ball club despite finishing with the second worst record in baseball. Well, when they played at home, that is. It’s a shame the Rockies aren’t allowed to play all 162 games at Coors Field because that would give them a fighting chance. Their 2014 home record of 45-36 was tied for tenth...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Kendrick to start Opening Day for the Rockies

View image | gettyimages.com After pitching as primarily a back-of-the-rotation guy with the Phillies, Kyle Kendrick has been given the nod to start for Opening Day for the Colorado Rockies. He signed a one-year $5.5 million contract with the Rockies this offseason and he will take the mound on Monday,...
Via Philliedelphia
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

Since their last winning season back in 2010 the Colorado Rockies have really bottomed out. From 2011 through ’14 the Rockies have averaged 92.75 losses per season with plenty of blame to go around. The pathetically predictable inability of stars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez to stay healthy has become the running storyline in Denver, not to mention reliably incapable pitching...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

All Three of Adam Ottavino’s Sliders, Identified and GIFed

Adam Ottavino seems like a pretty awesome dude. Not only has he been excellent in relief for the Rockies the past two seasons, but he’s been an outspoken proponent of sabermetrics and FanGraphs, and that’s refreshing to hear from a player. He gave an incredible interview with Brian Kenny on MLB Now, where he admitted […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Ottavino on his Three-in-One Slider

This past Sunday, I wrote about how Adam Ottavino is studying Garrett Richards‘ pitch usage in hopes of improving his performance against left-handed hitters. Not included in the article were details about his signature pitch, which is actually three pitches in one. The Colorado Rockies reliever throws his slider from two arm angles and with […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies execute rare 6-5-3 putout vs Angels (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. The Colorado Rockies executed the rare 6-5-3 putout on a ground ball during Monday's spring training game in Arizona against the L.A. Angels.It happened in the top of the third with one out and a man on second. Angels batter Albert Pujols hit a grounder to short. Troy Tulowitzki threw the ball to Nolan Arenado at third to try to get the lead...
Via Holdout Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies 2015 Preview and Prediction

The Rockies endured their fourth straight losing season. Their 96 defeats were eight more than in 2013 and two shy of the franchise record. A regime...
Via Athlon Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitcher John Axford Snaps Perfect Oscar Predictions Streak, Loses Bet

John Axford pitched a perfect game at the Oscars last year, but the hits came early and often this time around. The Colorado Rockies relief pitcher and film buff drew headlines in 2014 when he amazingly went a perfect 18-for-18 in his predictions for Oscar winners. Naturally, Axford decided to try his hand again in 2015 but upped the ante this time, offering...
Via NESN.com
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

For Colorado Rockies fans, 2015 represents hope for respectability

Salt River Field at Talking StickThe time has arrived.The Colorado Rockies head back to Scottsdale to train for another season. For every baseball fan, this is an exciting time of year.There is reason for every team to hope, and the Rockies are no exception to that. This is a team that has been decimated by injuries in the past few years. Those injuries have particularly plagued...
Via Rockies Review
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

The Curious Case of Troy Tulowitzki

It cannot be easy being a Colorado Rockies fan. Each year, a couple of promising pieces fall into place but injuries set in, pitching is typically an issue, and the losses pile up. From a competitive standpoint, it cannot be easy being Troy Tulowitzki either. Monstrous contract aside, and dispelling the mind-numbing myth that an abundance of money will automatically make one happy...
Via The Sports Post
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

88-year-old mound-charger Lew Dunlap named Rockies fantasy camp MVP (pics)

Lew Dunlap quickly became the coolest senior citizen on the planet after footage surfaced of the spry and spunky 88-year-old “charging” the mound after he was on the receiving end of a high and tight pitch during an at-bat this week at the Colorado Rockies fantasy camp. In an utter no-brainer, Dunlap of course was...Read More The post 88-year-old mound-charger Lew Dunlap named...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies fans should prepare themselves for the injury propoganda

The Rockies weren't bad in 2014 simply because of injuries.Copy. Paste. Repeat.Those three words seem to be what the majority of Colorado Rockies writers will be busy doing over the next few weeks. For the past four seasons, the standard pieces coming out in the papers and online about the Rockies are all about how the previous season was derailed by injuries.The articles will highlight...
Via Rockies Review
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Elderly man 'charges' mound at Rockies fantasy camp

Just because it’s called a fantasy camp does not mean that stuff can’t get “real” pretty quick. Just ask Lew Dunlap, an 88-year-old participant in a fantasy camp put on by the Colorado Rockies. While spryly standing — for a man of his age — in the batter’s box awaiting his chance at an at-bat,...Read More The post 88-year-old Lew Dunlap ‘charges’ mound at Rockies...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss
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