Thursday Rockpile: Interleague boring? Ha. It's the best invention since humidors.

The problem I have with the "Interleague games are mostly boring argument," and it was touched on by the Cleveland radio announcers last night, as well as having the Tigers/Rockies series brought up in this article, is that to acknowledge this, you also have to acknowledge that most NL vs. NL and AL vs. AL match-ups are also boring and then eventually you get to a question of why play baseball against boring teams at all? A's vs. Royals? I'll pass, thanks. Pittsburgh vs. Houston? Ewww...

That the Rockies series vs. the Tigers gets mentioned in this article is kind of a shame, because it was a very good series, and has been two seasons in a row. The other shame is that the Rockies have no natural AL rival, since Kansas City gets more involved in the Missouri vs. Missouri contests with St. Louis, rather than expanding their I-70 aspirations West as well. The Royals/Rockies series for a variety of reasons never took off, and as a Rockies fan, I always hated them because the Royals seemed to win against us more than most AL squads.

At any rate, the Rockies get an off-day before continuing their odd road trip that will include a series at Yankee Stadium and a make-up game against the Cubs. While the Yankees are a considerable foe, they will not be going up against the typical NL patsy. As the Denver Post mentions, the Rockies have the best NL Interleague record since 2006, with a winning percentage of .619. What makes that more outstanding is that the typical NL team in that span has won at just a .430 clip, meaning that on average they'd have 16 fewer wins than the Rockies against AL opponents. Adding a three win handicap on the rest of the league each year is a major bonus for Colorado, and clearly a significant reason they won the Wild Card in two of those seasons.

That said, I should disclose that most of the Rockies advantage in this seems to come at home. AL teams visit NL stadiums and win at a very high clip, except for Coors Field, which continues to favor Colorado. 

Rob Neyer takes a look at the Rockies roller coaster season to date, and still sees them as a favorite in the division. I'm still worried a bit by the Diamondbacks, as while their pitching success to date is out of sorts for the career production of the pitchers involved, on a whole team basis, it isn't at all fluky in a peripheral sense, they are actually earning and deserving their success on the mound so far. It could be one of those seasons where several people are having a career year at once (see the Giants offense last season) and as such, that makes them dangerous.

Rockies 41st round pick Taylor Martin is "probably attending UK" rather than signing a professional contract. All the Rockies high school picks from the 24th round on seem to be in this category of draft and follow through the summer before the team decides if they want to go out on a limb with a contract offer. Since the last collective bargaining agreement led to this practice, the Rockies have yet to sign a HS pick they've followed in this way, so I'm considering the chances of signing any of these players very slim.

Wisconsin's still waiting news from Russell Wilson, the Rockies 2B prospect could decide whether to play football again this week.

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