Saturday Rockpile: Hot bats being noticed

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockies have received terrific performance from several players. The world of baseball is beginning to take note.

Winning is fun and winning makes people, even the East Coast, eventually notice the Rockies. Articles from all over the web today are talking about the hot hitters of Colorado and there are a lot of hitters to choose from.

Nolan Arenado:

Arenado's hit streak paired with dazzling defense - Tracy Ringolsby, mlb.com

I like Tracy Ringlsby's articles because he is able to bring the history of the team into his writing.  Mentioning Arenado starting in AAA last year and how his glove was questioned helps make it even more enjoyable what Nolan Arenado has done since his promotion.  His 22-game hit streak has also been pretty amazing.

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado an All-Star in the making - Benjamin Hochman, The Denver Post

Hochman provides what I can only assume is a similar article about Nolan Arenado.  The reason I am assuming this is because the Denver Post still have their ridiculous digital access sign-up requirement.  This will likely be the last week I provide them free advertising.  I hope the 99 cents per sign-up is more important than the advertising money they would gain from having a free site.  Yes, I know that I can work around the pop-up, but for some reason I feel the need to take a stand on this issue.

Troy Tulowitzki:

Hot hitting has Rox in control of series with Mets - Thomas Harding, mlb.com

While this article also mentions Nolan Arenado and even Charlie Blackmon's sixth home run, Troy Tulowitzki and his MLB-leading .385 average are mentioned first in the sub title.

Is this Troy Tulowitzki's year? - Paul Swydan, fangraphs.com

This article seems to be filled with back-handed complements but puts in perspective Troy's great start to the season compared to his past.

Corey Dickerson:

Rockies place Rutledge on DL with viral infection - Thomas Harding, mlb.com

While the title has nothing to do with Dickerson, Thomas Harding's group of mini-articles includes discusson about Corey's somewhat overlooked contribution.  Since Michael Cuddyer got injured, Corey is hitting .444 and .500 with runners in scoring position.

Purple Row on The Press Box, presented by Jackson's Denver

RhodeIslandRoxFan joined Peter Burns and Mark Kiszla to talk Rockies baseball on the heels of the team's successful road trip. Here's the video from The Denver Post:

Other news:

Rapid reaction: Rockies 10, Mets 3 - espn.com

Interesting note on what the Rockies' lineup does to pitching rotations.  The Mets starters pitched more than five innings of every start until they reached Colorado and haven't gotten out of the fifth yet now that they are here.

The Worst of the Best - Jeff Sullivan, fangraphs.com

In yesterday's article, Jeff goes over the worst swings from the first month and none of Carlos Gonzalez's swings at pitches in the dirt during his cold streak made it on the list.  However, just in case you missed it, Jorge De La Rosa did make the list for wildest pitches earlier in the week for a pitch he made against the Marlins in week 1.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) goes on DL - Mark Saxon, espn.com

Ryu did not make it too far away from his start against the Rockies without getting bit by the injury bug that seems to be contagious amongst the team in purple.

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