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Colorado Rockies: 3 Things You Should Know on February 26

All is right with the world again as the Rockies played their first game of the season beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4. The first game of 2017 for the Rockies was also Ian Desmond’s first game as a Rockie. He had a very solid debut going 3-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Our […] Colorado Rockies: 3 Things You Should Know on February 26 - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado...
Via Roxpile
2 hours ago

Bullpen, offense solid in Rockies’ spring training opener

Baseball is back. Sort of. The Colorado Rockies began spring training on a high note Saturday by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4 at Salt River Fields. Ian Desmond, the Rockies’ $70 million man, had a strong debut for the team, going and went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base. He played at first base, which is new to him, but had no errors in the game. Tyler Anderson was...
Via Mile High Sports
12 hours ago

Rockies hope to avoid repeating last season’s meltdown with retooled bullpen

Scottsdale, Ariz — When the Rockies were able to get a late-inning lead last season, it often didn’t last long. An injury-riddled Colorado bullpen posted a major-league worst 5.13 ERA and blew 28 saves. Enter Mike Dunn and Greg Holland, 31-year-old relievers who signed with the Rockies this winter. Both hope to bring a fearless mentality to Coors Field and a bullpen that has...
Via The Denver Post
14 hours ago

Rockies’ outfielder Chris Denorfia gets creative to stay healthy

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — As he has aged, 36-year-old Rockies outfielder Chris Denorfia has had to get creative to keep his body healthy, especially after back surgery. Most players rely on weight training. But to improve his strength and flexibility, Denorfia exchanged barbells for horizontal bars. He took up a gymnastics program. “Part of the problem with an aging body is losing...
Via The Denver Post
14 hours ago

Kiszla: How Rockies manager Bud Black is uniquely qualified to do the dirtiest job at Coors Field

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.— When his stuff betrayed Greg Maddux and he was too old to get batters out, Bud Black was the manager who made the long walk to the mound and took the baseball away from a Hall of Fame pitcher. So here’s thinking Black will know how to handle it when hitters rough up Rockies ace Jon Gray, who has won 345 fewer major-league games than Maddux. “When I do take...
Via The Denver Post
14 hours ago

Holland cautious while building game strength

While a nice crowd watched -- and wished -- during the Rockies' 8-4 Cactus League-opening victory over the D-backs on Saturday, new closer Greg Holland was on a practice field, quietly working toward making purple dreams come true.
Via mlb.com
15 hours ago

All spots in Rockies' batting order 'dangerous'

No matter where he hits in the order, Rockies shortstop Trevor Story showed Saturday he can make the ball fly. His teammates showed that the batting order doesn't matter, either.
Via mlb.com
15 hours ago

5 real takeaways from the Colorado Rockies first “fake” game

  Until the last week or so, we at BSN Denver won’t be bringing you full game recaps of Colorado Rockies spring training as that would almost certainly be an insufferable waste of your time. If you want to know all the gritty details of the box score, you can always click right here. Otherwise, we will try to boil down each game into a handful of interesting tidbits so we can...
Via BSN Denver
15 hours ago

Desmond makes big debut in Rockies' win

Ian Desmond made his Rockies debut Saturday and went 3-for-3 with an RBI as Colorado beat Arizona, 8-4, in the Cactus League opener for both teams at Salt River Fields.
Via mlb.com
16 hours ago

Colorado Rockies: Ian Desmond Has Solid Debut on Saturday

There are few players in the Cactus League this spring who will face more criticism or be under more of a microscope that Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond. Trying to fill a position that has been a revolving door for the Rockies since Todd Helton’s retirement, Desmond signed a big contract in the offseason. […] Colorado Rockies: Ian Desmond Has Solid Debut on Saturday...
Via Roxpile
17 hours ago

A new season, another new position for Ian Desmond

With Colorado Rockies new and old reporting to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Monday, Spring Training is now officially in full swing. Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado are a few of the players to return to the roster this year. After an eventful offseason of trades and signings, Ian Desmond, Mike Dunn and Greg Holland are eager to join the roster. The biggest...
Via Mile High Sports
22 hours ago

REPORT: FBI launches investigation into Rockies Double-A ballpark situation

  According to a report from FanRag Sports, the FBI, yes the FBI, has launched an investiagion into the mess surrounding the construction, or at times lack thereof, of Dunkin’ Donuts park, the theoretical home of the Colorado Rockies Double-A affiliate, the Hartford Yardgoats. According to the report, the city of Hartford contacted the FBI over concerns that the roughly 71 million...
Via BSN Denver
1 day ago

BSN Rockies Podcast: Ryan McMahon shares one of his “favorite memories ever”

  On this episode of the BSN Rockies Podcast, Drew Creasman interviews Colorado Rockies third and first base prospect, Ryan McMahon. They talk about everything from playing an entire season of no home games to one of McMahon’s “favorite memories ever.” Of course, his recent transition to first base and his own opinion on his production a year ago are discussed as well as some tidbits...
Via BSN Denver
1 day ago

Colorado Rockies' 2017 TV and radio schedules announced

Soon you can watch live Rockies baseball. The Colorado Rockies and ROOT Sports announced the 2017 broadcast schedule for television today. ROOT Sports will televise six spring training games and 150 regular season games again this year. The first spring training Rockies game that ROOT Sports will televise is March 20 against the Chicago Cubs. ROOT will also televise Cactus League...
Via Purple Row
2 days ago

Rockies' Chad Bettis optimistic after bout with cancer

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) One night in November, Chad Bettis found a lump in the wrong place before going to sleep. The Colorado Rockies pitcher then gave himself an ultimatum: ''If I found it again in the morning, I needed to step up and say anything.'' He followed through and received a diagnosis of testicular cancer. He underwent surgery to remove one of his testicles on Nov...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies pitcher Chris Rusin an under the radar role player

Rockies news and links for February 23, 2017. Rusin’s versatility a plus for the Rockies | MLB.com Chris Rusin had an under the radar good season in 2016, and he could play a significant role on the 2017 as well. Here, Thomas Harding highlights Rusin’s ability to start if needed. If 2016 is any indication, however, Rusin will be more effective out of the bullpen. It’s nice...
Via Purple Row
3 days ago

Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis ‘remains free of cancer’

The Colorado Rockies will begin spring training games on Saturday. But regardless of how those games go, things are already looking better for pitcher Chad Bettis.“Chad Bettis pitched a ho-hum bullpen session Wednesday at Salt River Fields. That is not why teammates congratulated him,” Nick Groke of The Denver Post wrote. “The Rockies right-hander, three months after he was...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies ready to compete in 2017

Colorado Rockies news, notes and links for Wednesday, Feb. 22 It’s only three more days till the Rockies take the field for their first spring training game. It’s the time of year when hope springs eternal for not just fans but also for the ball clubs and players. Rockies ready to compete with big spenders | Rockies.com The Cactus League media day was yesterday, and while...
Via Purple Row
3 days ago

Rockies' Story wants to show power surge was not fiction

For all Trevor Story accomplished in a record rookie season, his biggest takeaway is this: Slide feet first. A painful lesson and one that ended the Colorado Rockies shortstop's outstanding season in late July after he tore a ligament in his left thumb trying avoid a tag while reaching for second base . Before his injury, Story was making headlines for his improbable power surge...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Black makes immediate impact on culture of new Colorado club

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Bud Black called on young pitcher Rayan Gonzalez and put the Puerto Rican right-hander on the spot in front of everybody. Colorado's new manager inquired about what Gonzalez likes to do away from the field? Gonzalez shared that he and wife, Alexa, regularly do salsa dancing. Cue the salsa music - well, after two miscues playing merengue tunes before being...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Rockies Could Really Use Joe Blanton

Two weeks have elapsed since I last wrote about the Rockies, so I hope enough time has passed to allow me to return to the subject matter. As we know, Colorado has experimented with a number of approaches to pitching at Coors Field, from sinker-heavy staffs to expensive free agents to four-man rotations. Nothing, it seems, has worked. Back in January, I wrote about how the Rockies...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

DJ LeMahieu Gets No Respect

Monday afternoon, I put up an InstaGraphs post titled “The Least Intimidating Hitter in Baseball.” The idea was to use a formula including fastball rate and zone rate, because, the way I figure, the more aggressively a hitter gets pitched, the less the pitchers are afraid of. I combined a couple z-scores to get a number I’ll refer to today as the Aggressiveness Index, and many...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies – 2017 Rotation Preview

What is this witchcraft? The Colorado Rockies rotation isn’t bad!? No it’s not. Lets remember the 16-strikeout-0-walk game that ace Jon Gray pitched last year. You read that correctly, and I’m still not over it! Tyler Anderson, Chad Bettis, Tyler Chatwood, and  Jeff Hoffman will round out the rest of the rotation. Lets go through one by one and see if I can make a believer...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Ian Desmond at first makes sense for the Colorado Rockies

The first official workout for the Colorado Rockies is just over two weeks away. The 40-man roster and non-roster invitees to Spring Training have been made final, and it appears that Ian Desmond will be the starting first baseman heading into camp and for the regular season. The signing of Desmond to a $70 million contract over five years to play first base for Colorado turned heads...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Effectively Wild Episode 1017: The Ryan Raburn is Due Edition

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the anticlimactic approach of spring training and answer listener emails about baseball reductionism, investing in Little League, the Cardinals’ effect on the Cubs, transplanting Trout and Kershaw, and wearing out starters, with a statistical detour to talk about history’s most volatile hitters. Audio intro: Thrush Hermit, "We Are...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss
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