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Thursday Rockpile: Jorge De La Rosa comes through with solid season, earns contract extension

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The Rockies' lefty was given a two-year, $25 million contract extension near the end of the 2014 season, one in which he was the only Rockies starter to make more than 22 starts.

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Rockies 2014 Player Grades: Jorge De La Rosa, LHP - The Denver Post
Jorge De La Rosa is up in Partick Saunders' series of Rockies player grades, and Saunders focuses on De La Rosa's contract extension and compares him to other aces in the National League. Saunders also has a take on second baseman DJ LeMahieu today, as well. You can get Purple Row's opinions on De La Rosa and LeMahiew when they come up in our Ranking the Rockies series later this month.

Coors Field: Which Handedness is Favored? - Rockies Zingers
Since we all know Coors Field is a park that favors hitters, Jake Shapiro takes a look at whether it is more favorable to left-handed hitters or right-handed hitters.

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Remembering the regular-season champions - Beyond the Box Score
With the Giants one win away from setting up our first ever matchup of sub-90 win teams in the World Series, Beyond the Box Score's Bryan Grosnick wonders if MLB should take a cue from the English Premier League an MLS and do something to honor the teams with the best records in the regular season. I would be completely on board with this idea, not to mention balancing the schedule while we're at it.

How Did Anyone Ever Beat The Royals Bullpen? - Fangraphs
With the trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland looking untouchable in the postseason, Mike Petriello looks at how teams did get to them in the course of the regular season.