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Saturday rockpile: Rockies roster set to improve in second half

Optimism...catch it if you can

Justin Edmonds

Carlos Gonzalez returns, the Rockies win their third game in a row, and multiple starting pitchers are on rehab schedules. Quite a bit of good news for the first time in awhile.

Now if only the Rockies could convince MLB to not count games played in June. It is hard to believe, but if the Rockies win their final two games before the All-Star break they will have played one game over .500 in the months of March, April, May, and July. That is just how bad June was for this team. On to the news:

Carlos Gonzalez returns as Rockies trounce Twins with defense, power - Nick Groke

A little Cargo makes everything better. Him being in the outfield makes outs, especially when teams forget about his arm after he has been gone for more than a month. His presence in the lineup means that Troy Tulowitzki hits two run home runs instead of solo shots. While I don't think that the Rockies can compete this year, even with a healthy team, Tulo may have a triple crown run in him if he gets more chances at RBIs.

Hope remains as Rockies' pieces fall back into place - Tracy Ringolsby

From long time Rockies writer Tracy Ringolsby, we get a good look at how the team is getting healthier and what that means for their future this year.

Butler to make first rehab start Saturday - Cody Ulm

Eddie Butler to start in Modesto on Saturday. Brett Anderson set to pitch in Colorado on Sunday. Jordan Lyles is scheduled to pitch in Tulsa this coming Friday. Add to that the news about Nick Masset and this article at had made me happier than just about any other article I have read recently.

Ben Paulsen is hitting his stride with Colorado Springs Sky Sox - Irv Moss

I am obviously higher on this third round draft pick than most on the site (#18 on my PuRPs list while no higher than #28 for anyone else) and this article gives a little look into why. Even if you don't want to read all of the words Irv Moss put to paper, look at the team's minor league leaders list at the bottom. He leads the organization in runs and home runs while being second in RBIs. He has also improved in average and OBP in each of the last three years while improving in slugging percentage two out of the last three years. With Kyle Parker as a right handed option to platoon, Ben gives the Rockies an option if they get a trade offer for Justin Morneau that is too good to pass up.