Thursday Rockpile: Colorado's wheels of change rapidly spinning

Justin Edmonds

With their demotion of Josh Rutledge on Wednesday, the Rockies have now made a few significant changes as we approach the 1/3 mark of the season.

The biggest news for anyone covering the Rockies is the Josh Rutledge demotion as seen here, here, and here. It is apparent that Rockies leadership feels that Josh can gain more from being sent down to Triple-A, a level he skipped last year, than Jonathan Herrera can. The good news is that DJ LeMahieu's bat has made this possible and the team is getting Michael Cuddyer back. Hopefully Josh can take this in stride, learn from it, and come back a better player so that there is no bad news from this move.

The Rockies have now changed out two of the starters in their lineup, replaced one reliever, and, at least temporarily, replaced a starter due to injury. Four moves on the 25-man roster with only one due to injury seems like quite a bit in the first two months. Each move has made sense, the only question is whether management should have made a different decision at the beginning of the season to have the best team on the field since opening day.

So, as far as judging the decisions of the team so far this year, you have: Chris Volstad -> Josh Outman, Chris Nelson -> Nolan Arenado, and Rutledge -> DJLM (Jeff Francis -> Tyler Chatwood doesn't count because it's for injury purposes right now). Add the signing of Roy Oswalt and the trade for a Cubs minor league pitcher and you have all of the moves leading up to the amateur draft by the front office.

Other news

Mark Kiszla wants more pitching, now proposing a trade with the Cubs for Matt Garza. I caution trading for a guy that has made only one start since the end of July due to injury. While waiting longer may make the price go up, it can also keep the team from buying fool's gold.

Here is an interesting piece on a catcher's ability to receive pitches. I think that major league catchers are all so good at this ability that it is hard to show a difference other than the outliers so while it could be important, there isn't a huge difference between a stellar catcher and league average.

In this ESPN video, two talking heads are discussing the best lineup duo's in baseball. One of them dismisses Cargo and Tulo because they play at Coors, even going on to say Cargo is a Coors Field creation and demanding everyone to look at his home road splits. OK, lets look at them -- HOME: .283/.376/.554, five home runs; ROAD: .327/.405/.625, six home runs. This argument may have worked in the past, but not this year; I expect paid commentators to do their research.

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