3:49 PM EDT, Tue July 23, 2019
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Pebble Report: Josh Fuentes is having a much better second half

Pebble Report: Josh Fuentes is having a much better second half

Prospect news and statistics from the Rockies minor league affiliates from July 15-21, 2019 After an up and down start to the season, Isotopes infielder Josh Fuentes (no. 16 PuRP) has been much better in the second half. This week alone he went 10-for-27 with four home runs, which is just over half of what he had in the first half (7). All of his 11 home runs have come at home, including six over the last nine home games. In total since the All-Star Break, Fuentes has been hitting .362/.412/.702 with 11 runs scored, eight extra base hits, and 12 RBI. Before the All-Star Break, he hit...
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Rockies “would listen to offers for Charlie Blackmon”

Rockies “would listen to offers for Charlie Blackmon”

Photo by Gregory Shamus/ Jon Morosi cites sources that say the Rockies would listen to trade offers for their right fielder On Monday John Morosi of MLB.com reported that, according to sources, the Rockies “would listen to [trade] offers for [Charlie] Blackmon.” Our first reaction: Huh? Our follow up questions: Why would the Rockies do such a thing? Is Morosi just trying to induce the Rockies to tear down? What else is going on here? After thinking it through, there’s really only one point of view in which trading Blackmon makes sense. The Buyer’s Perspective The Rockies are...
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Tuesday Rockpile: What will help fix the Rockies?

Tuesday Rockpile: What will help fix the Rockies?

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports Rockies news and links for July 23, 2019 The Colorado Rockies who shouldn’t be traded at the deadline | Rox Pile The Rockies have hit a rough point in the season, and it’s becoming rapidly clear that they’ll have to do something about it at the trade deadline. There are some players who have been rumored to be options for trade, but here are some thoughts on who shouldn’t be traded. First is Scott Oberg, who’s sitting at a 1.35 ERA for the season. He’s a temptation, for sure, but the Rockies would probably be better off hanging on to him to help...
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Game no. 100 thread: Peter Lambert v. Erick Fedde

Game no. 100 thread: Peter Lambert v. Erick Fedde

Photo by Dustin Bradford/ Start time, lineups, and discussion for the series opener in DC The Colorado Rockies baseball club (47-52) won a Major League Baseball game yesterday! They will try to do the same thing today, this time against the NL Wild Card leading Washington Nationals (52-46), as they open up a four game set in the nation’s capital. Peter Lambert will try to build on his good outing last week against the Giants when he allowed two runs on six hits with no walks over six innings (spoiler: he did not get the win). He will start against Erick Fedde (1-1, 3.50 ERA) will be...
Jul 22, 2019
Perspectives: What should the Rockies do at the trade deadline?

Perspectives: What should the Rockies do at the trade deadline?

Photo by Michael Owens/ Buy? Sell? Nothing? The trade deadline is next Wednesday, July 31. The Rockies have been losing a lot lately, but they’re still in contention for the Wild Card race. Should they go buy? Should they sell? What about a little of both? Or, get this, maybe they should do nothing? Purple Row staffers weigh in below. What do you think the Rockies should do? ★ ★ ★ Nick W: I’m going to state the obvious—the Rockies need serious help in the starting rotation. At the beginning of the year this might have been the position that we least expected to need to...
Jul 22, 2019
The Rockies outfield has improved in 2019

The Rockies outfield has improved in 2019

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ Subtraction was addition for the 2019 Rockies’ outfield Earlier this year, I wrote about Outs Above Average (OAA), Baseball Savant’s tool for judging outfield effectiveness based on ranking players’ successes at catching balls classified by catch difficulty. I’ve continued to follow that metric throughout the season, though I’ve also become intrigued by social media arguments that now is the time to trade Ian Desmond, who is having his best season since joining the Rockies. That said, I wanted to explore two questions: One, how is the 2019 outfield as...
Jul 22, 2019
Monday Rockpile: Rockies roster gets readjusted

Monday Rockpile: Rockies roster gets readjusted

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Rockies news and links for July 22, 2019 Rockies make several moves, designate Mark Reynolds for assignment | Mile High Sports The Rockies made some roster moves Sunday that were somewhat surprising. Two of these moves involved players who have been consistently struggling recently. First, they moved Antonio Senzatela to Triple-A Albuquerque. He’s allowed 21 runs in July in the 11 innings he’s played. The woes culminated in Saturday’s game, when he gave up six runs in the first 1.3 innings he played before getting pulled. Jeff Hoffman was recalled...
Jul 21, 2019
Rockies 8, Yankees 4: Rox snap 6-game losing streak

Rockies 8, Yankees 4: Rox snap 6-game losing streak

Photo by Mike Stobe/ The Rockies really needed this win The Rockies beat the Yankees 8-4 on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium to end their 6-game losing streak. That means the Rockies leave the Bronx having won one out of three games against one of the best teams in baseball. We’ll take it. Offense from the stars We’ve been talking a lot about the pitching struggles since the Rockies began their tailspin, but since June 30, the day the 2-13 stretch began before Sunday’s win, the offense had been just as bad. Only Ryan McMahon, Trevor Story, and Daniel Murphy hit above league...
Jul 21, 2019
Game no. 99 thread: German Márquez vs. James Paxton

Game no. 99 thread: German Márquez vs. James Paxton

Photo by Dustin Bradford/ Rockies vs. Yankees: Start time, lineups, discussion The Rockies will attempt to avoid starting their 10-game road trip with a sweep in New York. German Márquez starts for the Rockies. He and the offense will face lefty James Paxton. Start time: 11:10 MT Lineups: 7/21/19 #Rockies @NY YankeesRF BLACKMONSS STORY3B ARENADO1B MURPHYCF DESMONDLF DAHL2B MCMAHONDH IANNETTAC WOLTERS SP MARQUEZ— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) July 21, 2019 *Updated Lineup*Let’s finish this...
Jul 21, 2019
Rockies DFA Mark Reynolds, call up Jeff Hoffman

Rockies DFA Mark Reynolds, call up Jeff Hoffman

Photo by Christian Petersen/ They also optioned Antonio Senzatela and called up Sam Howard The Rockies announced a few transactions Sunday morning that, while they don’t exactly amount to a “roster shakeup,” are definitely signs of moving on from non-contributors. First, they designated Mark Reynolds for assignment. Whatever magic Reynolds rode from 2016 to 2018 that kept him on major league rosters ran out in 2019. Reynolds hit .170/.290/.311 in 162 plate appearances, which amounts to an adjusted batting like 54 percent below league average. The Rockies selected the contract of...
Jul 21, 2019
Sunday Rockpile: Highway to the danger zone

Sunday Rockpile: Highway to the danger zone

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports Rockies news and links for Sunday, July 21, 2019 ‘You can only lose so much’: For the second time, the Rockies have slumped into a danger zone | The Athletic ($) The Colorado Rockies are in danger of losing their season and, as Nick Groke writes, even Nolan Arenado knows it. They have lost 13 of their last 15 games—which is still kind of hard to believe—and are tied with the Padres for last place in the NL West. Plus, they still have six teams ahead of them for a Wild Card spot. It feels similar to the 3-12 slump that started the year, only then there...
Jul 20, 2019
New York Yankees 11, Colorado Rockies 5: Big inning not enough for Rockies

New York Yankees 11, Colorado Rockies 5: Big inning not enough for Rockies

Photo by Mike Stobe/ A five-run sixth inning proved futile in a loss to the Yankees. The Colorado Rockies dug themselves much too deep a hole to get out of in an 11-5 loss to the New York Yankees on Saturday. The Rockies found themselves down 9-0 through four innings after a disastrous start from Antonio Senzatela, and a five-run sixth inning was all they could muster for a comeback. It was the sixth straight loss for the Rockies, dropping them to 46-52 on a 2019 season that looks to be sliding away. Senzatela collapses Antonio Senzatela was the latest victim in what has been an...
Jul 20, 2019
Colorado Rockies Game No. 98 Thread: Antonio Senzatela vs. Masahiro Tanaka

Colorado Rockies Game No. 98 Thread: Antonio Senzatela vs. Masahiro Tanaka

Photo by Harry How/ Rockies try to even the series in New York. Start time: 11:05 a.m. MT Lineups: Saturday afternoon baseball! pic.twitter.com/hlnyBQgRUu— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 20, 2019 Saturday matinee ft. #TanakaTimePowered by @Biofreeze pic.twitter.com/wdO3B5JNMj— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 20, 2019
Jul 20, 2019
Saturday Rockpile: The ‘buy or sell’ saga continues for the Rockies

Saturday Rockpile: The ‘buy or sell’ saga continues for the Rockies

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Rockies news and links for July 20, 2019 To trade or not to trade? That is the question for Rockies | The Daily SentinelChris Magninie of The Daily Sentinel makes the case for the Colorado Rockies to still be buyers at the trade deadline despite falling back in the standings. Magninie proposes possible returns for the Rockies: Marcus Stroman and Ken Giles from the Toronto Blue Jays, Madison Bumgarner and one of Tony Watson, Will Smith or Sam Dyson from the San Francisco Giants or Matthew Boyd and Shane Greene from the Detroit Tigers. Magninie suggests possible trade...
Jul 19, 2019
New York Yankees 8, Colorado Rockies 2: It’s hard not to say WOOF right now

New York Yankees 8, Colorado Rockies 2: It’s hard not to say WOOF right now

Photo by Mike Stobe/ The Rockies drop to 6-17 in their last 23 games. The Colorado Rockies struck out 17 times en route to dropping their fifth straight game, losing 8-2 to the New York Yankees on Friday. Every member of the Rockies lineup struck out at least once in the game, with Charlie Blackmon, Ryan McMahon, and Mark Reynolds with three Ks a piece. The loss dropped the Rockies to 2-11 in July and 6-17 since they peaked at 40-34 in mid-June. It also dropped them into a tie for last place in the NL West. Woof. Freeland’s struggles continue Kyle Freeland’s 2019 season is quickly...