Jon Gray finds his trusty slider, tunes up for Rockies’ season opener

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jon Gray is jazzed. Not about his six-inning, 88-pitch effort in a minor-league scrimmage on a back field here Wednesday. His line was nothing special: four runs (three earned), on five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Catching prospect Dom Nunez tagged him for a two-run home run. Rather, what had Gray bubbling with optimism afterward was his overall...
Via The Denver Post
6 hours ago

Rockies strike deal to keep Coors Field as long-term home

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Rockies on Wednesday struck a late deal with Colorado after four years of difficult negotiation designed to keep the team at Coors Field for 30 more years. The Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, the state division that owns Coors Field, worth about $2.5 million per year. In trade, the Rockies...
Via The Denver Post
7 hours ago

Gray K's 7 in key Minor League tuneup

Rockies right-hander Jon Gray's six innings in a Minor League game Wednesday had less to do with his pitching than the other stuff. Handling all of it should put Gray in position to start the season opener Monday at Milwaukee.
10 hours ago

Arenado prime candidate to win NL MVP

If the Rockies make the dramatic climb to playoff contention after six straight losing seasons, it's possible that star third baseman Nolan Arenado could have yet another wall to scale.
13 hours ago

Young pitchers making final rotation spots a tough call for Bud Black

Bud Black is drawing positives from the candidates vying for the final two spots in his starting rotation, even as they have been a little shaky down the stretch. Tuesday was no different as right-hander Antonio Senzatela suffered his fourth loss of the spring in a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Texas Rangers. Senzatela surrendered nine hits and three runs, all earned, over five...
Via Mile High Sports
15 hours ago

The national media previews the Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies news, notes and links for Wednesday, March 29 Why your team won't win the World Series | ESPN ESPN had a very good take on why the Rockies won’t win the World Series this year. The injuries. Unlike previous season it appears that the Rockies may finally have all the pieces in place to contend. Unfortunately, those pieces keep breaking. Hopefully the Rockies...
Via Purple Row
18 hours ago

Colorado Rockies: 3 Things You Should Know on March 29

Let’s look at three bits and pieces of news of interest to Colorado Rockies fans. Ryan Hanigan Joins the Party On Tuesday, the Colorado Rockies reportedly signed recently released veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan. Hanigan spent his first seven years in the league with the Cincinnati Reds and served as the everyday catcher. He has never […] Colorado Rockies: 3 Things You Should Know...
Via Roxpile
19 hours ago

The 100 Greatest Colorado Rockies: No. 47 Dave Veres

We continue our look at the top 100 Colorado Rockies of all time in this article. Here, we look at No. 47 on our list, Dave Veres. Even Bo Jackson, one of the greatest athletes of all-time, struggled to come back from a hip injury. So, what Dave Veres set out to do in 2007 that much more […] The 100 Greatest Colorado Rockies: No. 47 Dave Veres - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado...
Via Roxpile
19 hours ago

Senzatela's cool, fastball help him stay afloat

Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela didn't have everything Tuesday, but he had his fastball. That was enough for him to stay competitive. Relying mostly on his main pitch -- he threw some nice sliders, but didn't have much of a changeup -- Senzatela navigated five innings, and gave up three runs on nine scattered hits in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
1 day ago

Antonio Senzatela’s final spring audition for Rockies rotation gets Bud Black’s kudos

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Antonio Senzatela is about to crack Colorado’s starting rotation and he pitched to prove his readiness Tuesday. The 22-year-old right-hander concluded his first Cactus League slate Tuesday in a stiff test, against a formidable Texas Rangers lineup with a designated hitter and plenty of power, by giving up three runs in five innings of work in the Rockies...
Via The Denver Post
1 day ago

Rockies will ride Story in attempt to write their own future

  By now the entire baseball community is well acclimated to the talent that is the Colorado Rockies 24-year-old shortstop. 2016 saw Story hit .272 with 27 HRs and 72 RBI in only 97 games played. A devastating UCL tear ended his rookie season, his chance at the Rookie Of The Year award and most importantly a 9-1 stretch for the Rockies that had them looking like a National League...
Via BSN Denver
1 day ago

Who will get the final two spots in the Colorado Rockies rotation?

The youth is the key to the future and for the Colorado Rockies the future is here. With Opening day less than a week away and there are still some roster decisions to be made to get the roster down to 25 players. Among these competitions, the most intriguing by far, is the battle for the starting rotation spots. Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson and Tyler Chatwood are locks for front of...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

MLB Opening Day 2017: Rockies-related prop bets released

Come and get your over/unders for individual Rockies players Welcome back to our (apparently) ongoing series about the gambling odds for the upcoming MLB season. First it was the Bovada odds for the Rockies’ World Series odds, then it was their projected win total. We shifted to individual accomplishments with the odds for MVP winners. Now we have some more micro-level prop bets...
Via Purple Row
1 day ago

Why Mark Reynolds and the Colorado Rockies are a perfect fit

As a result of losing right-handed starter Chad Bettis as he battles testicular cancer, the Colorado Rockies have selected the contract of first baseman Mark Reynolds to fill the roster spot. Reynolds, 33, returns to the Rockies after appearing in 118 games for them in 2016, hitting 14 home runs and a career-high .282 batting average. He was signed to a minor league deal on Feb....
1 day ago  |  Discuss

What the Rockies are saying about Gerardo Parra, professional baseball player

A lot of people are saying that the outfielder will bounce back this season. It should have been a harmless, uninteresting signing. Before the 2016 season, the Colorado Rockies signed free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra to a three-year, $27 million deal. Was it a little too much money? Sure, but given the free agent landscape it was nothing appalling. Parra seemed like a safe addition—a...
Via Purple Row
1 day ago

The Rockies have bought into Jeff Bridich’s unique key for 2017

  Ever since the Colorado Rockies acquisition of Ian Desmond to play first base, the word “versatility” has been thrown around so much it almost seems to have lost its meaning. Some scoff whenever the word is uttered, others find it to be a comforting blanket they can wrap themselves in, hoping that it pays off for a team and fan base desperate for some highly competitive baseball...
Via BSN Denver
1 day ago

Freeland battles command in critical spring start

Kyle Freeland may be leading the charge for one of the Rockies’ two final rotation spots, but his claim on one of those cherished roles might not be so tight after a shaky outing on Monday against the Texas Rangers. The 23-year-old left-hander battled command issues all day en route to a 6-5 loss. “Command definitely wasn’t there,” Freeland said postgame. “It was one of...
Via Mile High Sports
1 day ago

Colorado Rockies: 3 things to know on March 28

The Colorado Rockies continue to get closer and closer to opening day with plenty of questions that need to be asked. Here’s three things you need to know in March 28. Story continues to work on arm Trevor Story can easily become one of the biggest powerhouses in all of baseball. He hit 27 long […] Colorado Rockies: 3 things to know on March 28 - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado...
Via Roxpile
1 day ago

Rockies reassign Daniel Castro, Raimel Tapia and Rafael Ynoa

The Colorado Rockies drew three steps closer to setting their Opening Day roster on Monday, as they announced that they had optioned outfielder Raimel Tapia to Triple-A Albuquerque and reassigned infielders Daniel Castro and Rafael Ynoa to Minor League camp. None of the moves should as that much of a surprise, as the Rockies are deep both a across the diamond and in the outfield...
Via Mile High Sports
2 days ago

Chris Rusin’s return is vital for Rockies young pitching staff

  Today’s news — first reported by Nick Groke of the Denver Post – that Chris Rusin should be ready to return to the Colorado Rockies by the end of March should not be understated in terms of its potential impact on the success of the 2017 campaign. Rusin, as we’ve noted before, emerged last season as a vital member of the organization, pitching incredibly well in clutch...
Via BSN Denver
3 days ago

Mark Reynolds makes Rockies, will fill in at first base

Mark Reynolds has made the Colorado Rockies’ roster and will be seeing time at first base for the team.Reynolds signed a minor league deal with the Rockies last month and received an invitation to spring training. At the time he signed, his ability to earn playing time seemed limited because of the team’s signing of Ian Desmond. But with Desmond out because of fractured hand...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies hold ping-pong tourney in front of packed clubhouse

Spring training undoubtedly serves its purpose with its myriad benefits and routines. It helps players, management, coaching staff, trainers and the like prepare themselves -- both mentally and physically -- for the impending slog through the marathon-like regular season.But even spring training can get a bit long, tenuous and repetitive. So many teams try to figure out ways to break...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB teams tweet support as Chad Bettis undergoes chemotherapy

Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis on Monday received heartfelt expressions of support from several MLB teams and social media at large as he continues to wage a battle against cancer.Bettis, originally diagnosed with testicular cancer late last year, was declared cancer-free in January following surgery on Nov. 29. Subsequent tests in early March, however, unfortunately indicated...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Dark Horse Dominant Bullpen

Just today we kicked off our annual Positional Power Rankings series, which means that, before too long, we’ll get a couple of posts about individual bullpens, looking at every single group. I’ll even be responsible for writing one of those posts, meaning maybe it works to our disadvantage to put this post up now, focusing on one bullpen in particular. But I’ve had a note here...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers fall 5-4 to Colorado in spring training

ROCKIES 5, BREWERS 4 Kyle Freeland struck out five and gave up five hits in five scoreless innings for the Rockies, and Greg Holland won with a hitless ninth. Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson allowed one run, four hits and four walks in four innings. Loser Jacob Barnes wasted a lead, giving up two runs on two hits without an out.
Via Associated Press
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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