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Colorado Rockies' early-inning pitching woes lead to losing home record

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Rockies look to improve early pitching -

Thomas Harding of breaks down the numbers on the atrocious early-innings work of Rockies pitchers in 2015. Particularly, the run totals at Coors Field that contributed to the 36-45 home record. The Rockies gave up more runs in the first three innings than any other team in baseball. 36 more runs, in fact.

Colorado will likely pursue starting pitchers in the offseason, but appear to be heavily reliant on the return of injured starters like Tyler Chatwood and Jordan Lyles, and young guns like Jon Gray. Regardless of who it is taking the mound in the spring, the Rockies need to see improvement in the early innings, or risk another losing season at home.

Salt Rives notes: Rockies' Patterson ascends -

Tyler Maun caught up with Rockies farmhand, Jordan Patterson, to talk Fall League and the organization’s changing culture. Patterson hasn’t put up impressive numbers against opposing pitchers this fall, but he isn’t letting frustration disrupt his approach and strike zone awareness. Patterson, who has played in just 48 games at the Double-A level, is confident that numbers will come with experience.

The 23-year old outfield/first baseman noted that the organization’s culture has changed with the promising crop of young talent forming in the minor leagues. With the Rockies nearing the cusp of a contention window, prospects are taking each day as an opportunity to improve, to be a part of the next generation Rockies.

SQ Winter Blueprint: Colorado Rockies- The Sports Quotient

This blueprint to the Rockies’ offseason priorities offers suggested trade chips and free agent pickups. Unsurprisingly,  Carlos Gonzalez is a must-trade in this plan. With his trade value the highest it has been in years and his contract too heavy for a rebuilding team, the Rockies could likely cut a deal with a contender for a package of young arms. The article also has Jose Reyes on trade block, and sees the loss of his contract as a huge boost to the Rockies’ offseason deals. However, with his trade value at an all-time low, it will probably be extremely difficult for the Rockies to move Reyes this winter, and if they are able, will eat a significant potion of his contract.

Trevor Cahill and Mat Latos make the plan as the two most realistic free agent acquisitions. Cahill makes sense as a 55% groundball, but hasn’t posted a sub-4.00 ERA in a season since 2013.

Jose Reyes arrest puts Rockies in a quandary - Mile High Sports

Mark Knudson discusses the Rockies franchise’s relative inexperience with severe off-field incidents, and what the future of Jose Reyes as a Colorado Rockie may look like.

You Don't Write About 30s - Baseball Prospectus

A fun read from Jeffery Paternostro of Baseball Prospectus on the kind of prospects that shouldn’t be written about, but are. An ode to the "eye test" if you will. Who's your 30?