The Rockies will turn to RHP Christian Bergman (PuRP 26) to replace the injured Jordan Lyles in the starting rotation against Atlanta. The 26 year-old Bergman, a 2010 24th rounder out of UC-Irvine, has never been heralded as a prospect but has quietly put up very good numbers at every minor league stop. Notably, Bergman has a 2.04 ERA this year while pitching at altitude in Colorado Springs. Bergman is not on the 40 man roster, therefore a corresponding roster move will have to be made before Monday. Likely candidates include Rob Scahill and Kraig Sitton.
One potential roster move for Bergman's debut would be to place Michael Cuddyer on the disabled list. Cuddyer was scratched the last two games with soreness in the back of his left shoulder, which he suffered while diving for a ball while playing third base on Thursday night. Cuddyer has been unable to swing a bat since the injury and is not in the lineup for today's game. Also of note is that Wilin Rosario was a last minute scratch from yesterday's lineup for dehydration, per Thomas Harding.
As Patrick Saunders writes, it seems unlikely that the Rockies will be able to deliver their first NL West division title this year. Saunders looks at just how it went wrong, including injuries up and down the roster, pitching, and road offense.
The bullpen has collapsed of late, and the mysteriously poor performance of Rex Brothers, one of baseball's best relievers a season ago, is a big reason why. The Rockies were counting on Brothers to be a shutdown reliever at the back of the pen and he just hasn't been able to deliver this year.
Ringolsby writes about Franklin Morales, who got the win last night thanks to some clutch relief in the 9th and 10th innings. Morales is the long man this bullpen needed at the beginning of the year, and hopefully we can look forward to more outings like that going forward.
Cody Ulm writes about some of the players the Rockies drafted on day one and day two of the draft and how Colorado was very familiar indeed with a few of them. This includes the brother of Rex Brothers, Hunter, in the 30th round.. Here's a full list of all the players the Rockies drafted.