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Tuesday Rockpile: Brett Anderson's season is over

Anderson will undergo season-ending back surgery on Thursday, officially putting an end to a promising campaign for the 26-year-old lefty.

Doug Pensinger

Anderson slated for back surgery Thursday | News
Brett Anderson's season is officially over. He'll undergo surgery to repair a disc in his back on Thursday, writes Thomas Harding. Anderson finished with a 2.91 ERA in 43⅓ innings spanning eight starts, striking out 6.0 and walking 2.7 batters per nine innings.

It remains to be seen whether the Rockies will pick up Anderson's $12 million option for 2014. The smart move might be to decline it and subsequently offer him a lesser figure. Anderson is clearly a good pitcher when healthy, but he's far too risky to shell out eight figures.

Rockies allow rare Padres rally as San Diego wins 4-3 - The Denver Post
It appears both Patrick Saunders and Nick Groke had the night off from writing the game recap since Kirk Kenney's name is on the byline of this story, which notes that the Padres entered Monday 7-52 when trailing after six innings.

The Best and Worst Benches So Far | FanGraphs Baseball
It seems to me that the Rockies' bench has been one of the team's strong suits, but August Fagerstrom (easy 70 name, by the way) debunks that myth in his piece. Colorado's reserves have accumulated -0.5 WAR, putting the unit with the likes of the benches of the Cardinals, Cubs and Reds. The Rockies' backups might not be one of the team's biggest problems, but they're a problem nonetheless.


The Saddest Play in Rockies' History | Rockies Zingers Colorado Rockies Baseball
Eric Garcia McKinley recounts the play that ended the Rockies' 1994 season, which halted 20 years ago yesterday. Still not anywhere as bad as the 74-40 Expos having to cease playing at that point, Eric notes (I agree).

Rockies Review - A Colorado Rockies Blog: Oft-injured stars deserve some share of the blame for the Colorado Rockies struggles
David Martin takes some blame away from the Rockies front office and places it on the shoulders (or knees, ankles, hips and fingers) of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.

Are you watching the Colorado Rockies play the San Diego Padres? - Rox Pile
Tuning into this series is enough to make you question your purpose in life, writes Hayden Kane.

Around the league

Derek Jeter is far better than Honus Wagner, and that's final -
I'll give it to Steve: he makes a compelling case, but I just don't agree (though I admittedly have a bias due to Wagner's permanent place on my right arm).

The beauty of Bryce Harper defiling the Braves logo -
The Braves are the fun police. We all know that. But they've interestingly let a couple of things slide in recent days, starting with Harper messing up their logo behind the plate at Turner Field. Last night, the Dodgers had their dugout bubble machine up and running. You know Fredi Gonzalez and his troops didn't take too kindly to that. We'll see who catches a fastball in the back as a result.