Tuesday Rockpile: No talk of Michael Cuddyer extension, and that's a good thing

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Also, Jhoulys Chacin is nearing his return, Carlos Gonzalez is slumping, and two-seam command has been the key to Jordan Lyles' success.

Rockies Mailbag: Why is there no talk of extending Michael Cuddyer's contract? - The Denver Post
Patrick Saunders issues the correct response to a question about extending Michael Cuddyer: it's just not smart to do with a guy who is turning 35 years old, in addition to the fact that the Rockies have decisions to make on players who are much younger -- and really, much more valuable -- like Nolan Arenado. Also, Saunders makes a point that Rockies fans seem to forget or ignore: that star players for every baseball team take days off, not just Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.

Pitcher Jhoulys Chacin could return to Rockies as soon as next week - The Denver Post
Jhoulys Chacin hasn't been great in his rehab outings, but he'll pitch for the Sky Sox this Friday and should be back with the Rockies soon afterward. His return will allow the Rockies to move Franklin Morales to a long relief role, which in turn, should lessen the wear and tear the the bullpen has had to endure thus far. Games like the one Monday night are a perfect opportunity for a long reliever to eat some innings as Jorge De La Rosa took 102 pitches to get through five frames but the Rockies held a big lead.

CarGo gets wish after texting plea to start | Rockies.com: News
Carlos Gonzalez was placed into the starting lineup of Monday's game after begging Walt Weiss via text message, writes Thomas Harding. CarGo had almost literally nothing to do with Colorado's win; the star outfielder went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and looked generally uncomfortable at the plate. Despite hitting into a lion's share of hard outs over the past week and a half or so, CarGo is in quite a slump, hitting .154/.214/..256 since the start of the Rockies' west coast road trip on April 11.

Mile High Sports | Jordan Lyles looking like a changed man
Zach Marburger digs into Jordan Lyles' strong start and finds that location with his two-seamer has been the key to success. Good read from Mile High Sports' resident Rockies guy.

Tracy Ringolsby: Colorado Rockies pleased with all-around team efforts | Rockies.com: News
The Cowboy praises the Rockies' shrewd offseason moves to add depth to the roster in lieu of making big splashes in trades and/or free agency. Brett Anderson was the team's biggest offseason acquisition, but it's been guys like Lyles who have allowed the Rockies to withstand injuries and ineffectiveness from guys like Anderson.

Around the league

Grading the unwritten rules: Carlos Gomez flips his bat on a triple - SBNation.com
Grant Brisbee comes up with what should be the default response for a player flipping his bat and admiring a hit that doesn't actually wind up leaving the yard, instead of what happened between the Brewers and Pirates over the weekend. In other news, baseball's unwritten rules are generally really, really stupid (take note, Braves and Diamondbacks).

How I'd fix the Arizona Diamondbacks - ESPN (Insider)
Speaking of the Diamondbacks, former MLB GM Jim Bowden gives his thoughts on how to fix their woeful squad. The obvious solution -- removing Bronson Arroyo from the rotation -- isn't even mentioned, although the other part of that -- calling up Archie Bradley -- is. Rather, Bowden just thinks the D-Backs should trade all of their good veteran players. OK!

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