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Thursday Rockpile: Looking back at a bad prediction

There were lots of predictions about the Rockies entering the 2014 season, some good and some bad, but one was particularly egregious, especially considering the source.

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Final Record Tracker: Remember when Dick Monfort predicted 96 wins? - The Denver Post

Nicki Jhabvala takes a look back at Dick Monfort's ill-fated preseason prediction that the Rockies would win 96 games in 2014, which would have tied them with the Nationals for the best record in the National League. Of course, the Rockies owner turned out to be spectacularly wrong as injuries and poor performance relegated the Rockies to a fourth losing season in a row. But hey, at least he got the 96 part right.

Video: Rockies' top moments of 2014 -

The Rockies' website has a nice reminder that even a dismal season has its fair share of fun highlights, including Charlie Blackmon's 6-for-6 on Opening Day, Nolan Arenado's 28-game hitting streak and Michael Cuddyer hitting for the cycle.

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Easy-going Madison Bumgarner breaking ace stereotype -

In the wake of his shutout of the Pirates in last night's NL Wild Card playoff, Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg profiles Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner, who has led his team into the postseason.

The forgotten contributors: NL - Beyond the Box Score

Kevin Ruprecht examines some of the more unheralded, but important players for each of the five National League playoff teams, including recently-eliminated Pittsburgh.

The AL Cy Young Award Battle - Fangraphs

At Fangraphs, Tony Blengino takes a look at the fight for the AL Cy Young Award between Felix Hernandez and Corey Kluber.