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The Colorado Rockies’ Futility is on Full Display

July 30th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

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Most every other post about the 16-inning marathon Colorado Rockies – Chicago Cubs game will be about the record setting length and the absurdity of the ending, this one will be about the main takeaway from the game. The Rockies are just plain bad. The worst team in the National League bad.

The game itself was played as a microcosm of the Rockies season. They got off to a hot start — a 3-0 lead in the first — but couldn't hold on to the momentum and found themselves on the losing end. Cubs backup catcher John Baker pitched the top of the 16th and scored the winning run, seemingly just to mock the lowly Rockies. Losing the game isn't what puts their futility on full display, however, it was that everyone knew they were going to lose. If you were on Twitter at all during the game, you know it's true. Thing is, though, the coaches and the players looked like they expected it, too.

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The Trade That Would Send Troy Tulowitzki to the New York Mets

July 29th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

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There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Colorado Rockies' star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Several suitors have been named, the New York Yankees, New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals. The Yankees would be a nice story — Tulo replacing his baseball idol Derek Jeter — but the Yanks don't really have the farm system to pull off the trade. St. Louis is one of the best baseball cities in the country and would welcome Troy with open arms, but they probably won't be willing to gut their prospect pipeline to get him. That leaves the Mets, and that's a very good thing for Rockies fans.

Despite Troy making it clearer by the day that he wishes to play elsewhere, Rockies management has said it will take a "deal of the century" to move the franchise centerpiece. What the Mets can offer may not be that deal, but they can sure come close.

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Official Trade Deadline Predictions for the Colorado Rockies

July 28th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

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The MLB trade deadline is this Thursday and the Colorado Rockies should be sellers, but one never really knows what the front office of this franchise is going to do. With that in mind, these are the official Rockies 101 trade deadline predictions.

First off, the big names — Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. With Troy being spotted at a Yankees game and the Rockies misspelling his name on 15,000 jerseys they gave away at Coors Field, it's looking more and more likely that Tulo's days in a Rockies uniform are numbered. The Yankees, Cardinals and Mets could all be strong contenders for the star shortstop, but not in a midseason trade. Tulowitzki will survive the trade deadline and finish out this season with the Rockies. The offseason could be a different story, however. Carlos Gonzalez is also a target of the New York Mets, but is in the same boat as Tulo. He won't be traded at the deadline, but this offseason should be very interesting.

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Colorado Rockies Pitchers are Starting to Figure Things Out

July 27th, 2014 at 1:04 PM
By Joe Lemere

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The Colorado Rockies have been playing much better baseball to start the second half of the season in the face of negative momentum and even more injuries. Against those circumstances, the Rockies are in the midst of a three-game winning streak, but why? Pitching. Rockies pitchers are starting to figure things out at the Major League Level.

While the pitching staff still has the worst mark for runs allowed in the Majors, it is getting better. The team was allowing 5.29 runs per game in the first half, due mostly to the shear amount of injuries. With those same injuries, and even some new ones, inexperienced guys like Yohan Flande and Tyler Matzek had to come up to the Bigs and fill in, perhaps before they were ready.

All the new guys struggled a bit, but things are beginning to go their way. Matzek won his first start in a Rockies uniform, but struggled in his next two, looking like a guy unprepared for the situation. His last six starts have been a different story altogether, however. Over those games he's gone over six innings in each with 26 strikeouts to 11 walks, all the while posting a 3.86 ERA. Unfortunately for Matzek and the Rockies, the team's record in those last six hasn't been good, but if he keeps pitching like this, things should look up in his next six.

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Can the Colorado Rockies Get a Winning Streak Going?

July 26th, 2014 at 1:32 PM
By Joe Lemere

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The Colorado Rockies did something on Friday night that they haven't done since before the All-Star break. Win back-to-back games. And, most surprisingly about the two victories, they've been won with pitching. So the question becomes can the Rockies keep up the pitching and get a winning streak going?

To go on a streak, though, you need to win the next game up. To put it in a way that every coach since the dawn of sport has said, "Take it one game at a time." Next game up for the Rockies is the middle game of the Pittsburgh Pirates series with Tyler Matzek going for the Rox and Jeff Locke going for the Bucs. This is the same pitching matchup as the July 20th game in Pittsburgh, in which both starters went six innings, giving up three runs. Unfortunately for Matzek and the Rockies, the bullpen unsurprisingly faltered, leading to a 5-3 defeat.

The big offensive contributor in that game was Josh Rutledge, and he's been on a bit of a roll since that game. Since that game, Rut is hitting .409 with 6 XBH and 6 RBI. The Rockies now also have a weapon that hadn't yet made his debut a week ago, Ben Paulsen. He's hitting .500 and playing solid D over at first.

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