Thursday Rockpile: Troy Tulowitzki ejected, Rockies in a slump

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Tulo ejected after arguing called third strike - MLB.com
With the Rockies down 3-0 in the fourth inning, Troy Tulowitzki was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Bellino for arguing a called third strike. My opinion is that it was a bad call and a weak ejection; you can read Tulo's thoughts on it here.

Tulo reunites with an old pal, KC starter Vargas - MLB.com
To add insult to injury, the pitcher against whom Tulo was rung up was his former Long Beach State teammate Jason Vargas, who held the Rockies to two runs in 6 2/3 innings of work yesterday and has had a fine start to the season for the Royals.

Jhoulys Chacin needs to shine for Rockies - The Denver Post
Nick Groke discusses the role of Jhoulys Chacin on the team going forward, suggesting his success will be key to the Rockies remaining in the race. Chacin has a 4.76 ERA in three starts this season, throwing just 17 innings.

Weiss likes Rox position at one-quarter mark - MLB.com
Despite the current three-game losing streak, Robert Falkoff of MLB.com writes that Rockies manager Walt Weiss likes where his team sits at this point in the season, but that the team needs more success against top of the line pitching.

Vinny Castilla's son to play baseball at Northern Colorado - The Denver Post
The son of former Rockies third baseman Vinny Castilla, Marco Castilla, has committed to play baseball at the University of Northern Colorado next season, and UNC head coach Carl Iwasaki has compared the younger Castilla to a Blake Street Bomber, but not his father.

What would Jeff Samardzija cost the Colorado Rockies? - Rox Pile
Lev Cohen of Rox Pile responds to Mark Kiszla's rather silly suggestion of a Jon Gray for Jeff Samardzija trade by taking a look at what a more realistic trade package for the Cubs right-hander would be.

On Balls and Strikes and One Man's Rage - Rockies Zingers
Ryan Hammon takes an in-depth look at the strike zones that have been featured in Rockies games so far this season and whether the Rockies have been as hard done by as it seems.

Around MLB

Why Do the Preseason Darling Rays Suddenly Look Like the Devil Rays? - Grantland
Grantland's Jonah Keri takes a look at the issues that have the Tampa Bay Rays sitting in last place in the AL East at 18-23. Guess what? They've had a bunch of pitchers get hurt and the depth in their pitching staff isn't quite what they'd like it to be, sounds vaguely familiar to me.

Human after all: A closer look at Mike Trout's May slump - SI.com
Jay Jaffe takes a look at the recent struggles of Angels star Mike Trout, who has posted just a .538 OPS thus far in the month of May.

Quiz: Can you name the Rockies managers?

The folks at Sporcle have come out with a fun quiz challenging you to name every manager in Rockies history, which you can try for yourself right here.

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