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Saturday Rockpile: A victory and a benching

Winning is fun, not hustling is not

Justin Edmonds

Not much in the news for the last place Rockies overnight other than the win and Nolan Arenado's benching yesterday. Here are the different versions of those plus a fangraphs article for your reading pleasure.

Brett Anderson dominant as Rockies rout Pirates at Coors Field - Denver Post

After losing three close games in Pittsburgh it was great to get a win, especially as dominant as this one was.

Anderson exits with blister, expects to make next start -

Because this team cannot have anything nice without someone getting hurt, Brett left in the seventh with a blister. In other news at the bottom of this article, Jordan Lyles is set to make a rehab start and Christian Bergman threw live batting practice.

Nolan Arenado benched by Rockies' Walt Weiss for 'not meeting the standard' - Denver Post

Now to the positive/negative story from last night depending on how you look at it. Embattled manager Wal t Weiss reminded young Nolan that hustle is important by benching him in the fifth inning. In a game that was 1-0 at the time, this was a strong move by Walt that could have backfired if the team had not put up a seven run inning in the seventh.

Arenado should take benching as learning opportunity -

One of my favorite baseball writers, Tracy Ringolsby, discusses the benching and what it should mean for Nolan and the team. He also mentions that the team let Nolan leave before media were allowed in the room which was certainly a good thing to do for him.

Updated xBABIP values - fangraphs

An updated look at yet another revised advanced metric. This batting statistic shows that Corey Dickerson is leading the way this year in expected BABIP but is still perhaps getting a little lucky by outperforming expectations.

Don't forget to tune in for today's game thread as the Rockies try to make it three in a row and also win a series with Tyler Matzek on the mound.