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Friday Rockpile: An early look at the NL West

Friday Rockpile: An early look at the NL West

Rockies news and links for March 22, 2019 NL West preview: Can the Rockies overtake the Dodgers for the division title? | Denver Post ($) In recent history, the Dodgers have dominated the NL West, winning the title each of the past six years. The Rockies think they’re set to break that streak this season, though, despite the fact h that it’s a tall order. The Dodgers picked up A.J. Pollock in the offseason, along with reliever Joe Kelly. They’re concerned about Clayton Kershaw, but Julio Urias could step up and fill that void. Corey Seager will return after Tommy John surgery, and the...
Mar 21, 2019
The Rockies are forecasted to win between 81 and 87 games in 2019

The Rockies are forecasted to win between 81 and 87 games in 2019

Six win total predictions for the 2019 Rockies There’s a distinction between a “projection” and a “prediction.” When we talk about a team’s projected record, it typically means a system like ZiPS or PECOTA simulated the season several thousand times and spit out a median forecast based an all the various results. A prediction is an informed person or group of people expressing what they think will happen. And yet, they both usually end up around the same place. That’s partly due to the fact that predictions tend to be at least partially informed by projections, and also partly...
Mar 21, 2019
Thursday Rockpile: Looking at predictions for Rockies pitching

Thursday Rockpile: Looking at predictions for Rockies pitching

Rockies news and links for March 21, 2019 2019 Preview: National League West | Hardball Talk The Colorado Rockies made the playoffs in 2019. They made the playoffs in 2018. They are in a position to make the playoffs again in 2020. And yet we are still subjected to preview content that assumes the Rockies have just been mashing the ball on offense all these years and getting by with average-to-bad pitching. There are 30 MLB teams. I get it. There isn’t time to watch every team, and to make up that ground you look at stats. Even with that context established, it’s still hard to read...
Mar 20, 2019
Tom Murphy and other potential difference makers for the Rockies

Tom Murphy and other potential difference makers for the Rockies

Who are the guys who could push the Rockies over the hump in 2019? The Colorado Rockies have a chance to make 2019 a really fun season. We can reasonably think about things like another playoff appearance or even a division title. In order for that to happen, they will need players to step up and make a difference up and down the roster in different roles. We know the obvious names who need to do well for the Rockies to succeed: Nolan Arenado, Kyle Freeland, etc. This a discussion about some other players to consider when you think of the guys who could help push the Rockies over the top....
Mar 20, 2019
Wednesday Rockpile: Young pitchers have much to prove in 2019

Wednesday Rockpile: Young pitchers have much to prove in 2019

Rockies news and links for Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Jeff Hoffman’s 2019 season could make or break his Rockies’ tenure | Mile High Sports Jeff Hoffman is an enigma. As the centerpiece of the trade that sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, he has shown both flashes of greatness and atrociousness while bouncing up and down from Triple-A to the majors. His playing time has been as inconsistent as his pitching, but Jeff is working to take a big step forward in 2019 and secure his position in the team’s plans for the future—the big question, of course, is can he breakthrough? Aniello Piro...
Mar 19, 2019
Minor league pay and aligning incentives

Minor league pay and aligning incentives

The Toronto Blue Jays took a step in improving conditions for minor leaguers that every team has an incentive to follow The offseason has been slow. Of course, Major League Baseball offseasons are always slow, but usually they’re just slow after Christmas, not into the opening games of Spring Training. That much downtime without any real Rockies news has left a lot of room open to talk about some of the systemic issues in the game. There have been ongoing debates about rule changes, the state of free agency, and fan engagement—and that’s just here on Purple Row! One of the topics that...
Mar 19, 2019
Tuesday Rockpile: Spring is the season for Ryan McMahon

Tuesday Rockpile: Spring is the season for Ryan McMahon

Rockies news and links for March 19, 2019 McMahon using advice to his advantage | Rockies.com Ryan McMahon has had a fantastic showing in spring training. He took some advice from the Rockies coaches about his hitting, and he apparently took it to heart. He worked on bat position and consistency, and it’s worked. He continued his impressive hitting in Monday’s game, with a 466-foot home run. He also had some good defensive moves as well, showing he’s ready to be whoever the Rockies need. While many discount the importance of spring training numbers, it’s still good to see McMahon...
Mar 18, 2019
Why I like the MiLB extra-innings rule

Why I like the MiLB extra-innings rule

It creates a dramatic and crisp conclusion to an extra innings game The off-season is my time for confessing unpopular opinions, so here’s another one: I like the MiLB extra-innings rule that begins with a runner on second base. It represents a win for fans and for players. The rule itself isn’t new. MLB announced it in March 2018, “At all levels of Minor League Baseball, extra innings will begin with a runner on second base.” The hitter who ended the previous inning serves as the designated runner, and the batting order continues uninterrupted. (In terms of scoring, the designated...
Mar 18, 2019
Monday Rockpile: A fond farewell to Carlos Gonzalez

Monday Rockpile: A fond farewell to Carlos Gonzalez

Rockies news and links for March 18, 2019 Colorado Rockies Quick Hits: CarGo, Michael Saunders, Chris Rusin | Rox Pile Former Rockie Carlos Gonzalez has signed a deal with Cleveland for the 2019 season, the first time he’ll be in a different uniform in ten years. He’ll miss a little bit of time, as he hasn’t played a whole month of spring training, but he’ll probably get there soon. Here’s hoping CarGo can find success in his new home. Another Colorado player moving on is Michael Saunders, who the Rockies released. Despite playing decently, the Rockies just didn’t have the room...
Mar 17, 2019
Carlos González was one of the Rockies all-time greats

Carlos González was one of the Rockies all-time greats

CarGo signed with Cleveland; here’s where he stands in Rockies history Carlos González signed a minor-league contract with Cleveland on Saturday. That probably brings an end to CarGo as a member of the Colorado Rockies. While it wouldn’t have made any sense roster-wise, most Rockies fans probably felt that there was a slim possibility that they’d bring him back on another one year deal — even while hoping that it wouldn’t happen. The Rockies acquired González in the Matt Holliday trade with the A’s after the 2008 season. While CarGo’s free agency last year technically shut...
Mar 17, 2019
Sunday Rockpile: Saying goodbye to CarGo, but hello to the future

Sunday Rockpile: Saying goodbye to CarGo, but hello to the future

Rockies news and links for Sunday, March 17, 2019 Indians agree to deal with CarGo (source) | MLB.com The Cleveland Indians were looking for another outfielder to add to their roster, and on Saturday evening they found their man. Well, our man, I should say... Mandy Bell of MLB.com writes that the Indians have reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with none other than former all-time Rockies great, Carlos González. Yes, CarGo’s tenure with Colorado has officially come to an end. Sources close to the Indians say CarGo’s deal is worth $2M if he makes the big league club with $1M in...
Mar 16, 2019
Saturday Rockpile: Making the Rockies’ rotation is not an easy task

Saturday Rockpile: Making the Rockies’ rotation is not an easy task

Rockies news and links for March 16, 2019 Inbox: Who will start the season in the rotation? | Rockies.comHeading into spring training, the Colorado Rockies were planning on using a starting rotation consisting of Kyle Freeland, German Márquez, Tyler Anderson, Jon Gray and Chad Bettis. A few weeks into spring training, the club is sticking with this plan, says Thomas Harding of MLB.com. It’s not that the young hurlers on the outside looking in aren’t trying to push the door down. Antonio Senzatela has absolutely nothing left to prove in the minor leagues and has had a very good spring....
Mar 15, 2019
This Week in Purple: Good and Bad from Spring Training

This Week in Purple: Good and Bad from Spring Training

Here’s where we’re at with Spring Training winding down Opening Day is less than two weeks away. That means the Rockies are now letting pitchers hit in Spring Training games, and some lineups are starting to look curiously close to what they’ll look like when the games start counting. Nobody is worried about Nolan Arenado’s .219 batting average, but there are quite a few other players whose performances may affect where they’ll start the 2019 regular season. Let’s take a look a the Good and the Bad of that, as well as other happenings around baseball. The Good Raimel Tapia has...
Mar 15, 2019
Friday Rockpile: What do the new rules mean for the Rockies?

Friday Rockpile: What do the new rules mean for the Rockies?

Rockies news and links for March 15, 2019 What one of MLB’s newest changes means for the Colorado Rockies | Rox Pile There has been an announcement that several rule changes in the MLB will occur in the near future. One of these changes will be the hard and fast trade deadline. This deadline will be July 31, which means no trading in August or September. The roster will go from 25 to 26, with the September roster going from 40 to 28. The pitching staff maximum will be 13 and 14, respectively. There will also be a three batter minimum for relief pitchers, preventing relievers from throwing...
Mar 14, 2019
Thursday Rockpile: The lineup starts to take shape

Thursday Rockpile: The lineup starts to take shape

Rockies news and links for March 14, 2019 Rockies’ Story opens bid to repeat All-Star season | Daily Inter Lake If you browsed social media on Wednesday around the time the lineup for that day’s Spring Training game was announced, you probably saw the following: “Looks like the Opening Day lineup.” That includes our own Twitter feed and a few others. For those who didn’t see it: #Rockies vs. #Dbacks @SaltRiverFields pic.twitter.com/nTszfydu7i— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) March 13, 2019 That does look pretty darn good. Ian Desmond’s name will always stand out, but he...