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Saturday Rockpile: Offensive late-game offense, Hawpe and Hammel to return vs. Phils

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Esmil Rogers (above right) will likely be replaced in the rotation by Jason Hammel, who appears to be fully-healed.
Esmil Rogers (above right) will likely be replaced in the rotation by Jason Hammel, who appears to be fully-healed.

Colorado Rockies fall to LA Dodgers, 6-5 - The Denver Post
In his recap of the game, Armstrong mentions the fact that yet again, the Rockies held a lead in the middle innings but let it get away. Come to think of it, that HAS happened a lot even though the bullpen has been widely perceived to as a strong point thus far (statistically, at least). So, what's the problem? One has to think that it is the Rockies' offense - you know, the one who has failed to come through against opposing bullpens over and over again. Depending on how you look at it the Rox pen has been good - after all, they allowed just one run in 3.1 innings last night. However, one run is always better than none no matter how you look at it.

Corpas makes move to ninth inning | All Things Rockies
Jim Armstrong warns us to make no mistake about it - Huston Street is the Rockies closer. But, since he won't be back with the club for about another three weeks to a month, Manny Corpas will get the bulk of the ninth inning work until then, with Franklin Morales still being used for certain left-on-left situations. Not really a surprise given all the talk about it over the past few days, but what is somewhat of a surprise is how well Manny has thrown the baseball so far this year (I know - SSS alert).

Jason Hammel Handles Work Load | Inside the Colorado Rockies
Jason Hammel threw a staggering number of pitches for a rehab start last night for the Sky Sox. Out of his 113 bullets, 73 were fired for strikes as he had mixed results but looks like he fared well overall, walking just one batter and striking out six (despite allowing four runs on nine hits). Tracy Ringolsby mentions that Hammel looks like he will return to the Rockies' starting rotation on Wednesday, as that is Esmil Rogers' next scheduled start. In addition, Brad Hawpe will play one last rehab game for the Sky Sox, getting the start in right field tonight before being activated for Monday's game against the Phillies.

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Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers - May 8, 2010 | MLB.com Preview
Preview for tonight's game, courtesy of MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger. Jhoulys Chacin must pitch well again (and not drop his you-know-whats to the Dodgers like his teammates have the propensity to do), while the Rockies' offense should have a golden opportunity to break out against knuckleballer Charlie Haeger, who has been largely ineffective thus far. Remember guys - if it's high, let it fly; if it's low, let it go.

2010 MLB draft - An attempt to redraft the 2004 MLB draft - ESPN (Insider Only)
Keith Law and Jason Churchill redo the 2004 draft, in which the Rockies selected a guy (Chris Nelson) who has yet to even sniff the big leagues with the ninth overall pick. So, who do they think the Rockies should have taken if given a mulligan? Kurt Suzuki and Phil Hughes, respectively.

Ringolsby: Rockies' Jimenez making a name for himself - MLB News - FOX Sports on MSN
The love for Ubaldo Jimenez continues to be shown all across the sports world. No surprise that Ringolsby spat out an article about the Rockies' ace, though.