Saturday Rockpile: Cubs fans = bad; Tracy, Tulo, and Friedrich = good; Esmil Rogers = meh

Cubs fans show up in droves at Coors Field, other stadiums - The Denver Post
Jim Armstrong chimes in with the piece that is heavily related to the discussion the occurred in the comments section of yesterday's Rockpile. Sure, there were a lot of Cubs fans at the game last night, but they were definitely drowned out by the large number of Rockies fans - especially as the game progressed.

Inside the Colorado Rockies " Recap: Rockies 6, Cubs 2 | Major League Baseball in Denver
We'll obviously know more about this at the end of this series, but right now I'm really wishing the Rockies played in the NL Central. The Rox have won 15 straight games against opponents from that division. Wow.

Paige: Tracy blessed with Midas touch - The Denver Post
According to Woody Paige, everything Jim Tracy touches turns to gold. You wouldn't have known that if you were on the MLB.com forum after Thursday's game, though.

Tulo's surge leads to Rockies' run | ColoradoRockies.com: News
Cheng Sio writes about how the success of Troy Tulowitzki has corresponded with the Colorado's winning ways. When the Rockies hit a season-low 20-32 on June 3, Tulowitzki was hitting .218 with five home runs and 16 RBIs. Since then, he's hit .313 with 15 homers and 36 RBIs.

BaseballAmerica.com: Prospects: Prospect Hot Sheet: Prospect Hot Sheet: Aug. 7
A couple of Rockies' prospects garnered a mention on the "good" portion of the list, while one was placed in the "bad" category. Eric Young Jr. was tabbed as a possible replacement for Clint Barmes (wouldn't that make everyone happy...), and Christian Frierich, who is a staple on the Prospect Hot Sheet according to the author, gets a nod as well. Check out Friedrich's season stats between Asheville and Modesto:


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Christian Friedrich 5-3 16 16 0 0 0 0 93.1 65 25 19 5 30 128 1.83 1.02

As for the "Not-So Hot Sheet," Esmil Rogers makes the list. His struggles in Triple-A have been well documented, at least on the Row. On one hand, I try not to get concerned because he IS pitching in the Pacific Coast League, which at times can be the Arena Football League (RIP) of professional baseball. On the other hand, though, Esmil's strikeout rates are way down, which is a bit of a concern.

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