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Monday Rockpile: Rockies have "big-money players" who haven't lived up to expectations--not surprisingly

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RMN had to take a break today from his regular Rockpile as he celebrated his sister's wedding last night.

News from the Rockies

Rockies' big-money players off their game - The Denver Post
What do Todd Helton, Aaron Cook, Brad Hawpe, Huston Street, Jeff Francis, and Jorge De La Rosa all have in common this season? Each of them makes over $5 million and has been on the DL. During the offseason, several of them might have more in common if they don't return to the team. Brad Hawpe is already the first member of that club.

Chacin displays top-of-rotation stuff in victory - The Denver Post
Chacin would be a nice third anchor in the 2011 rotation.

Introducing Team NERD | FanGraphs Baseball
Carson Cistulli breaks down how watchable a team is for sabermetricians. The Rockies are in the middle of the pack, so it could go either way.

News from Atlanta

Heyward, Infante hit two HRs apiece in 16-5 rout of Cubs  | ajc.com
"When the first two hitters in your batting order combine for eight hits, four homers, eight runs and eight RBIs in one game, it's a good indication that things have seriously gone your way."

Rookie pitcher strikes out 12, makes adjustment on fly | Atlanta Braves
"Mike Minor displayed in his first two major league starts the skills to become a solid long-term member of the Braves' rotation."

Cox saddened by Piniella’s sudden retirement | Atlanta Braves
"Bobby Cox had to sense some cruel irony this morning when he heard the news, as we sat in the visiting manager's office at Wrigley Field, that Cubs manager Lou Piniella would retire effective immediately after today’s series finale against the Braves."

Miscellaneous News

Arizona Diamondbacks' Chris Young's heads-up play earns praise from Kirk Gibson
In the middle of this article, Brandon Webb still hopes that he'll be able to pitch this season. Apparently he'd like this to happen in the final game of the season