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Explaining Jordan Lyles

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Chris Chrisman has some excellent commentary on Jordan Lyles' strong start over on his blog, Checkswing Roller. A snippet:

"The received wisdom of the Rockies’ front office, pitching coaches, players, fans, writers, and hot dog vendors is that Colorado pitchers thrive when they keep the ball on the ground, and wilt when they don’t.

Whether this is a phenomenon peculiar to the Rockies is debatable. But what’s not debatable is that Jordan Lyles has a 56.3% groundball rate this year. That’s 7% better than his career mark of 49.4%, and 8% better than his GB% last season. In fact, Lyles currently has the 10th-best groundball rate among all MLB starters. And with the Rockies playing outstanding defense, only 2.6% of ground balls hit off of Lyles go for infield hits."

Purple Row on The Press Box

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In the first edition of Purple Row's weekly segment on The Press Box, Bryan discusses the Rockies' depth, state of the pitching rotation and why Ubaldo Jimenez isn't considered an all-time fan favorite ... and much more!

Tyler Chatwood will be placed on 15-day DL

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It's confirmed. The Rockies won't make an official move until Wednesday, but Chatwood has already been scratched from his start and is expected to be replaced by Jordan Lyles.

Dexter Fowler says he was pressured to play hurt last year

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Former Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler told the Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich that he was pressured to play hurt last year and that he didn't understand where Dan O'Dowd's comments this past fall about his lack of passion for the game came from. It's a great article with a lot of insight into Dex the person as well as Dex the player.

Rockies add Michael McKenry to 40-man roster

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So there you have it. What does this mean for Jordan Pacheco?

Jhoulys Chacin out until May

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While conducting a Twitter chat earlier today, Rockies assistant GM Bill Geivett revealed that the team isn't expecting Jhoulys Chacin to return until early-May. That's a little bit longer than we initially anticipated.

Batting cage day

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Rise and grind even on non-game days.

Wilin Rosario homers vs. A's

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Hot damn.

Chacin: 'Feeling good'

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Jhoulys Chacin appears to be in strong spirits. The pitcher said his shoulder feels "way better, way different" following today's throwing session, according to Troy Renck.

Chacin "felt pretty good" after throwing 20 pitches

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Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin resumed throwing on Thursday and had no issues, he told Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Definitely a step in the right direction for the ace hurler. More to come!

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