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Friday Rockpile: Clutch hitting, Cleveland, and luck

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Today's news and notes about the Rockies and MLB

Mike Zarrilli

Kluber, Tribe welcoming Rocks for Interleague set -

Corey Kluber has been one of the very best starters in the league this year, and he's opening up this series against Juan Nicasio. The Rockies are still reeling after a tough loss in Philly; it's time to get the groove back.

Rockies' Juan Nicasio looking to put a stop to career roller-coaster - Denver Post

Speaking of Nicasio, here's a good piece from Patrick Saunders about the mercurial pitcher. Juan has been pretty good this season, posting a 3.61 ERA thus far that is second only to Jordan Lyles in the Rockies rotation. Saunders rightly critiques Juan for not getting deep into games, but the run-prevention has been pretty solid.

Colorado Rockies looking for clutch hitting as road trip resumes - Denver Post

The Rockies are 4 for 48 with runners in scoring position this road trip--ugh. This article has several good quotes from Rockies about how they aren't panicking, but they agree that this series in Cleveland feels big.

Prospect Watch: keeping the walks down - Fangraphs

Rockies prospect Antonio Senzatela makes an appearance on Nathanial Stoltz's weekly roundup of interesting prospects. Stoltz is impressed by Senzatela's easy velocity as he hit 95 mph in the sixth inning of a game recently. Stoltz believes the 19 year old needs to refine his off speed stuff, but the kid has plenty of time to grow and mature.

Around the League

Edwin Encarnacion ties Mantle for most home runs in May -

16 dingers in May? Hey, that's a lot.

Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow needs Tommy John surgery -

Pitchers are Humpty Dumpty and they are doing cartwheels upon the wall.

George Springer homers again as Astros down O's -

The Astros commenced the most radical rebuilding plan ever three years ago, completely tearing down their roster and plowing all resources into scouting, drafting, and developing. Springer is one of the first elite talents to emerge from that rebuild, and his 10 home runs since his call up have been incredible to watch. This kid is awesome.

And finally, if you really want to burst a blood vessel on a Friday afternoon:

The Giants are in the casino again and they just hit another five card 21 - RhodeIslandRoxFan

RIRF continues his series on "why it's utterly hopeless to be a Rockies fan." (as I'm naming it). First we are screwed by an insane park effect that kills our production on the road. Now the team we are chasing is getting luckier than a Heisman Trophy winner on homecoming.