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Zack Greinke's Missing Ingredient: Good Catching??

Just read this article from Jeff Sullivan on Fangraphs about what is potentially missing in Zack Greinke’s starts with the Angels. In a nutshell: Greinke is not getting as many "extra" strikes, as he calls them, as a result from poorly framed pitches by Chris Iannetta. "There’s very compelling reason to believe that Greinke’s catching is worse now than it was in Milwaukee. It should make some sort of difference, and so it should be some sort of consideration." Would that also explain the collective pungent stench currently infesting the Halos pitching staff? I don’t believe so, but I don’t have any statistical evidence to the contrary, nor have I seen 4,000 games with my own two eyes to "validate" my personal hunch/opinion. What say you?

Plunkett @ OCR: "Pitchers Lament Mathis' Departure"

In what I can only describe as a controversial headline hellbent on destroying the "destructobeam," fishwrap expert Bill Plunkett discusses the Mathis-conundrum. Notice the headline in the hard copy on Sunday linked here at my photobucket site: "Pitchers Lament Mathis' Departure" differs from the one that appeared in the on-line version: "Iannetta catching on at key position for Angels"

Chicks Dig The Wednesday: MLB Teams Combine for 47 Home Runs

↵A baseball sure likes to travel through hot air. In 15 games across all of Major League Baseball on Wednesday, hitters combined to smack a season-best 47 home runs off opposing pitching. Only...

Chris Iannetta is a very special boy

Thomas Harding writes about CDI's improved defense.

4. Chris Iannetta, C, Rockies (One scout says, "He's the most improved player in the majors over...

4. Chris Iannetta, C, Rockies (One scout says, "He's the most improved player in the majors over the last two years.")

Peter Gammons blog

Sunday Rockpile: Now all of America is learning how dreamy Chris Iannetta is

Troy Renck predicts that Chris Iannetta will be in the All-Star game this season thanks in part to his performance on the big stage of the WBC with Team USA. We had a discussion earlier in the off...

Saturday Rockpile: Offseason in Review, Hurdle keeps quiet about the closers, Hawpe to return today.

The Rockies are the subject of MLBTradeRumors.com's latest entry of their Offseason In Review series. Tim Dierkes, the author of the article, says that despite the loss of Holliday, the Rockies...

Thursday Rockpile: Five to Shine; A rundown of the NRI's

Tracy Ringolsby picked five Colorado Rockies that need to shine if the team wants to be competitive this season, a couple of his choices make some sense to me, a couple of them kind of make me...

Saturday Rockpile: Iannetta accepts team USA bid; Rockies Spring Training tickets on sale today

Add Chris Iannetta's name to the list of Rockies playing in the WBC, as our catcher has accepted an invitation to participate with Team USA according to a Troy Renck blog post. Iannetta joins Brian...

Sunday Rockpile: To slug, or not to slug...

Does a team need a superstar slugger to be competitive? The answer could be important for Rockies fans in 2009.

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