7:48 AM EST, Sat November 17, 2018
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FanPost Friday: Rockies Thanksgiving

FanPost Friday: Rockies Thanksgiving

What are the Rockies thankful for in 2018? Next week is Thanksgiving in the good ol’ US of A, a holiday officially dating back to the Civil War and entering law a few years later. In other words, Thanksgiving has never fallen during baseball season. So this is our attempt to shoehorn Thanksgiving into a baseball-related conversation, inspired by this tweet. What are the Rockies thankful for in 2018? There are a lot of things we could point to: lots of postseason awards, a playoff run resulting in the first home playoff game in nine years. We could also talk about the emergence (or even...
22 hours ago
Ranking the Rockies: No. 2, Trevor Story

Ranking the Rockies: No. 2, Trevor Story

Story’s 5.6 rWAR was second most on the team in 2018 You’re reading the 2018 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at the season had by every player to play for the Rockies in 2018. 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 least amount of rWAR and end up with the player with the most. ★ ★ ★ No. 2, Trevor Story (5.6 rWAR) After two seasons in the...
23 hours ago
Friday Rockpile: The ups and downs of Jon Gray

Friday Rockpile: The ups and downs of Jon Gray

Rockies news and links for November 16, 2018 Rockies’ Jon Gray, working to build strength and confidence, has big plans for 2019 | Denver Post ($) Jon Gray. The name alone conjures conflicting images of dominance on the mound as well as an inability to deliver in clutch situations. If anyone’s season could be considered a roller coaster, it was Jon Gray’s. He’s now feeling motivated, ready to use 2018 as a jumping off point to show what he can really do. He’s already added some bulk to his frame, ready to use his new strength to deliver results. He’s got more confidence,...
Nov 15, 2018
Ranking the Rockies: No. 3, Nolan Arenado

Ranking the Rockies: No. 3, Nolan Arenado

A shoulder injury limited Arenado in the second half, but he still managed to have a really, really good season You’re reading the 2018 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at the season had by every player to play for the Rockies in 2018. 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 least amount of rWAR and end up with the player with the most. No. 3, Nolan...
Nov 15, 2018
Thursday Rockpile: Of Bryce and Men

Thursday Rockpile: Of Bryce and Men

Rockies news and links for November 15, 2018 A Case for Every Team to Sign Bryce Harper | Sports IllustratedThe four teams who are generally expected to be most involved in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes are the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals. Seeing a player with a history of success and an even greater ceiling enter the free agent market at the age of 26 is a rare opportunity for any club, and whoever ends up signing Harper will almost assuredly be giving him the richest contract in baseball history. While the four...
Nov 14, 2018
Ranking the Rockies: No. 4, German Márquez

Ranking the Rockies: No. 4, German Márquez

He’s good y’all You’re reading the 2018 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at the season had by every player to play for the Rockies in 2018. 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 least amount of rWAR and end up with the player with the most. ★ ★ ★ No.4, German Márquez (5.3 rWAR) Baseball is, by most accounts, fun. Sure, you don’t always...
Nov 14, 2018
Wednesday Rockpile: Bud Black leading the Rockies like a champ

Wednesday Rockpile: Bud Black leading the Rockies like a champ

Rockies news and links for November 14, 2018 Black finishes third in NL Manager of Year voting | Rockies.com Bud Black is a man known for keeping his composure. He was able to help his team rally from losses and get to the playoffs for the second year in a row. This was an impressive feat for a manager, but the award went to Brian Snitker, who took the Braves way beyond expectations. Craig Counsell with the Brewers took second place. Black has done some solid work with the Rockies, but there is still more room for improvement. While he was able to pull out some major successes late in the...
Nov 13, 2018
Ranking the Rockies: No. 5, Tyler Anderson

Ranking the Rockies: No. 5, Tyler Anderson

Anderson’s story of 2018 appears in his notebooks more than in headlines You’re reading the 2018 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at the season had by every player to play for the Rockies in 2018. 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 least amount of rWAR and end up with the player with the most. ★ ★ ★ No. 5, Tyler Anderson (3.0...
Nov 13, 2018
Tuesday Rockpile: Paul Patrol

Tuesday Rockpile: Paul Patrol

Rockies news and links for November 13, 2018 Colorado Rockies: Let’s stop with the Paul Goldschmidt rumors | Rox PileA recent article from Sports Illustrated listed the Colorado Rockies as one of the “best fits” in a hypothetical Paul Goldschmidt trade. It is very nice to think about as the Rockies would not only be getting better than a 60 percent upgrade in wRC+ at first base but would also be lucky enough not to have to face Goldschmidt as an opponent. However, as Kevin Henry of Rox Pile puts it, “It’s likely just a pipe dream.” While the Arizona Diamondbacks have stated a...
Nov 12, 2018
AFL Week 5: Rockies bullpen prospects Jesus Tinoco and Justin Lawrence shine again, Mitch Horacek continues to struggle

AFL Week 5: Rockies bullpen prospects Jesus Tinoco and Justin Lawrence shine again, Mitch Horacek continues to struggle

Prospect news and game results from the Salt River Rafters from November 5-10, 2018 The Rockies have some strong prospects representing them in the Arizona Fall League this year. Their bullpen prospects in particular have been performing fairly well, for the most part. Jesus Tinoco (no. 21 PuRP) is the last piece of the Troy Tulowitzki trade who has yet to see the Major Leagues, but he is putting himself on the map with yet another week of stellar pitching. In two innings of work this week, he gave up a single walk to Mariners outfield prospect Ian Miller on November 7 against the West...
Nov 12, 2018
Ranking the Rockies: No. 6, DJ LeMahieu

Ranking the Rockies: No. 6, DJ LeMahieu

DJ LeMahieu: Greatest second baseman in franchise history. Say it with me now. You’re reading the 2018 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at the season had by every player to play for the Rockies in 2018. 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 least amount of rWAR and end up with the player with the most. ★ ★ ★ No. 6, DJ LeMahieu (3.0 rWAR) As...
Nov 12, 2018
Monday Rockpile: The Coors Field outfield

Monday Rockpile: The Coors Field outfield

Rockies news and links for November 12, 2018 Colorado Rockies: Jay Bruce and Randal Grichuk are not good fits | Rox Pile The Rockies have some serious needs for the offseason this year. They need to fill a hole at first base, and they need to boost the outfield. They are currently looking toward the free market or a trade. The choices for outfielders are less than appealing, though. Jay Bruce and Randal Grichuk are examples of this. They have a history of injuries, while the Rockies need someone more consistent who can play solid defense and provide some offense as well. Bryce Harper is on...
Nov 11, 2018
Ranking the Rockies: No. 7, Adam Ottavino

Ranking the Rockies: No. 7, Adam Ottavino

Ottavino was the best relief pitcher for the Rockies in 2018 You’re reading the 2018 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at the season had by every player to play for the Rockies in 2018. 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 least amount of rWAR and end up with the player with the most. ★ ★ ★ No. 7, Adam Ottavino (2.6 rWAR) Adam Ottavino entered...
Nov 11, 2018
Sunday Rockpile: Raimel Tapia’s time with the Rockies could be cut short

Sunday Rockpile: Raimel Tapia’s time with the Rockies could be cut short

Rockies news and links for Sunday, November 11, 2018 Who will be dealt? Each team’s top trade chip | MLB.com The Hot Stove season continues to... well, get hot, as baseball analysts and media members dream up more trade scenarios and concoct possible free agent signings while the Winter Meetings approach. This time, instead of guessing which players are likely to land on which teams, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com just predicts one player from each club who is likely to be dealt. For the Rockies, that player is Raimel Tapia. Yes, Mark says #MuchoSwaggerPapi himself is this team’s top trade...
Nov 10, 2018
Ranking the Rockies: No. 8, Scott Oberg

Ranking the Rockies: No. 8, Scott Oberg

The meme king became the mound king You’re reading the 2018 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at the season had by every player to play for the Rockies in 2018. 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 least amount of rWAR and end up with the player with the most. ★ ★ ★ No. 8, Scott Oberg (2.4 rWAR) For three seasons, we worried about Scott...