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Ranking the Rockies: No. 16, Chi Chi González

Ranking the Rockies: No. 16, Chi Chi González

Photo by Joe Mahoney/ After showing little to separate himself in the rotation, González’s free agency may be looming Welcome to the 2020 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at every player to log playing time for the Rockies in 2020. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The “Ranking” is an organizing principle that’s drawn from Baseball Reference’s WAR (rWAR). It’s not something the staff debated. We’ll begin with the player with the lowest rWAR and end up with the player with the highest. ★ ★ ★ No. 16,...
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Saturday Rockpile: The art of “bullpenning” might be lost art in Colorado

Saturday Rockpile: The art of “bullpenning” might be lost art in Colorado

Photo by Justin Edmonds/ Colorado Rockies news and links for Saturday, October 24, 2020 On Friday night, Tampa Bay sent Charlie Morton to the mound for Game 3 of the World Series. He allowed five earned runs through 4 1/3 innings; given the damage, it was a relatively lengthy start for the modern postseason era. As our old friend Adam Ottavino can attest to in New York, even a renowned starter can see an outing shortened with a strong bullpen at their disposal. Morton carried two consecutive All-Star appearances with him going into 2020, so he’s far from just any pitcher. He still...
Oct 23, 2020
Ranking the Rockies: No. 15, Joe Harvey

Ranking the Rockies: No. 15, Joe Harvey

Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire via What if I told you Joe Harvey was the best arm in the bullpen in 2020? Welcome to the 2020 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at every player to log playing time for the Rockies in 2020. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The “Ranking” is an organizing principle that’s drawn from Baseball Reference’s WAR (rWAR). It’s not something the staff debated. We’ll begin with the player with the lowest rWAR and end up with the player with the highest. ★ ★ ★ No. 16, Joe...
Oct 23, 2020
Friday Rockpile: What would you rename Coors Field?

Friday Rockpile: What would you rename Coors Field?

Photo by Doug Pensinger/ Colorado Rockies news and links for Friday, October 23, 2020 With half the state of Colorado on fire and a whole, long offseason ahead of us to talk about Rockies mistakes and misfortunes, I thought I would make this Rockpile a little more lighthearted today. On Thursday, the 21-year-old Pepsi Center, the home of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, got a new name, Ball Area, a nod to the Broomfield company first known for its jars, and now self-described as “the world’s largest provider of innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for...
Oct 22, 2020
Ranking the Rockies: No. 16, Chris Owings

Ranking the Rockies: No. 16, Chris Owings

Photo by Matthew Stockman/ He made appearances at every position except first base, catcher, and pitcher Welcome to the 2020 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at every player to log playing time for the Rockies in 2020. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The “Ranking” is an organizing principle that’s drawn from Baseball Reference’s WAR (rWAR). It’s not something the staff debated. We’ll begin with the player with the lowest rWAR and end up with the player with the highest. ★ ★ ★ No. 16, Chris Owings: 0.1...
Oct 22, 2020
Ranking the Rockies, No. 17: Kevin Pillar

Ranking the Rockies, No. 17: Kevin Pillar

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/ The noted center fielder had his best offensive season Welcome to the 2020 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at every player to log playing time for the Rockies in 2020. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The “Ranking” is an organizing principle that’s drawn from Baseball Reference’s WAR (rWAR). It’s not something the staff debated. We’ll begin with the player with the lowest rWAR and end up with the player with the highest. ★ ★ ★ No. 17, Kevin Pillar: 0.1 rWAR Back on August...
Oct 22, 2020
Thursday Rockpile: New rules weren’t kind to the Rockies

Thursday Rockpile: New rules weren’t kind to the Rockies

Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports Colorado Rockies news and links for Thursday, October 21, 2020 The 2020 MLB season featured a plethora of rule changes, some implemented before the pandemic came into play, and some after. In an interview with the AP yesterday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he was a fan of some of these rules, specifically the larger playoffs and the runner on second base to start extra innings. Unfortunately, it seems like these rules didn’t treat the Rockies all that well. In addition to the aforementioned two, there was the universal DH, the three batter...
Oct 21, 2020
Wednesday Rockpile: Who can the Rockies count on for consistency in 2021?

Wednesday Rockpile: Who can the Rockies count on for consistency in 2021?

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Colorado Rockies news and links for Wednesday, October 21, 2020 The last few seasons of Colorado Rockies baseball have included a fairly consistent, solid core of young ball players led by Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, and German Márquez. The supporting cast, however, has been incredibly volatile, as Bryan Kilpatrick of Mile High Sports points out in his breakdown of three positions where the Rockies can expect (or maybe hope) for more consistency. He specifically details Ryan McMahon, David Dahl, and Raimel Tapia. Kilpatrick hits the nail on the head...
Oct 20, 2020
Baseball fans are rooting for the Rays to win the World Series

Baseball fans are rooting for the Rays to win the World Series

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Who are you rooting for? Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Rockies fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. The Tampa Bay Rays may not have the biggest national following normally, but right now they are the most popular team in baseball. According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts results, a clear majority of baseball fans want the Rays to win the World Series. Of course, just because that’s who fans want to win, doesn’t mean they think...
Oct 20, 2020
Ranking the Rockies: No. 19, Jesus Tinoco and No. 18, AJ Ramos

Ranking the Rockies: No. 19, Jesus Tinoco and No. 18, AJ Ramos

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Each reliever brought a unique story to the September roster Welcome to the 2020 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at every player to log playing time for the Rockies in 2020. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The “Ranking” is an organizing principle that’s drawn from Baseball Reference’s WAR (rWAR). It’s not something the staff debated. We’ll begin with the player with the lowest rWAR and end up with the player with the highest. ★ ★ ★ No. 19, Jesus Tinoco: 0.1 rWAR No. 18, AJ...
Oct 20, 2020
Tuesday Rockpile: Can the Rockies land an Andrew Friedman?

Tuesday Rockpile: Can the Rockies land an Andrew Friedman?

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Colorado Rockies news and links for Tuesday, October 20, 2020 If it is assumed the average MLB analytics department isn’t as comprehensive as the Rays or Dodgers, what could the Rockies do to get there? The Dodgers currently employ Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations, but it was his masterful work in Tampa Bay that propelled him into executive stardom. Friedman held a similar vice president position with the Rays starting in 2006 before moving to Los Angeles in 2014. Both his current and former employer will be on full display as they face off...
Oct 19, 2020
Monday Rockpile: The potential consequences and rewards of this offseason

Monday Rockpile: The potential consequences and rewards of this offseason

Photo by Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Colorado Rockies news and links for Monday, October 19, 2020 There are a lot of unknowns as we near the beginning of the 2020-21 offseason. How much will the short and fan-less season affect every team’s wallet? Should the Rockies go all in on next season? Can they afford to? Can they afford not to? Does Nolan Arenado want out this offseason? If he does, should the Rockies get prospects, major leaguers or both in return? This offseason is winding up to be perhaps the most important offseason in quite some time, a potential...
Oct 18, 2020
Ranking the Rockies: No. 20, Sam Hilliard

Ranking the Rockies: No. 20, Sam Hilliard

They jury’s still out on young outfielder Welcome to the 2020 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at every player to log playing time for the Rockies in 2020. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The “Ranking” is an organizing principle that’s drawn from Baseball Reference’s WAR (rWAR). It’s not something the staff debated. We’ll begin with the player with the lowest rWAR and end up with the player with the highest. ★ ★ ★ No. 20, Sam Hilliard: 0.0 rWAR If the 2020 baseball season taught us anything... it’s...
Oct 18, 2020
Sunday Rockpile: Is it better for the Rockies if the Dodgers finally win it all?

Sunday Rockpile: Is it better for the Rockies if the Dodgers finally win it all?

Photo by Rob Carr/ Colorado Rockies news and links for Sunday, October 18, 2020 The Dodgers have won the National League West for eight consecutive seasons. It seems about the only success they haven’t seen over that span is a World Series title. If they finally do it this year, will they finally go away? It’s outlandish to assume a championship would slow the Dodgers, of course, but every other outcome of theirs since 2013 has led to another divisional title. With such high expectations in Los Angeles year after year, perhaps the calling card for a new NL West champion is a season...
Oct 17, 2020
Ranking the Rockies, No. 21: Elias Díaz

Ranking the Rockies, No. 21: Elias Díaz

Photo by Ralph Freso/ Even though he didn’t get much playing time, Díaz was the best of the Rockies’ catchers Welcome to the 2020 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at every player to log playing time for the Rockies in 2020. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The “Ranking” is an organizing principle that’s drawn from Baseball Reference’s WAR (rWAR). It’s not something the staff debated. We’ll begin with the player with the lowest rWAR and end up with the player with the highest. ★ ★ ★ No. 21, Elias...