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Sunday Rockpile: The Coors Field Hangover

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The Rockies inability to hit on the road is not news, but baseball writers continue to try and find the root of the issue.

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Searching for a Coors Field hangover – Just a Bit Outside

During the middle of the season last year, Matt Gross put together an interesting article taking an in-depth look at the Rockies success at home and their struggles on the road by using wRC+. The numbers showed the Rockies have a clear inability to adjust playing away from their home in Denver. Recently, Jeff Sullivan at Just a Bit Outside did similarly asked about a "Coors Field Hangover" and why the Rockies offense seems to be completely non- existent playing on the road. He brings up the notion that pitches move differently in Colorado, and it’s possible the Rockies struggle to adjust to "normal" pitch break out on the road. It’s thought that the longer the road trip, the more the Rockies would adjust, which one would assume would show an increase in offense, but this isn’t the case. The Rockies road struggles are a problem, and as Jeff Sullivan states, it’s more than a "two day bug." If a Coors Field hangover does exist, it's not something that corrects itself during a road trip.

The New Bullpen Trend – Sports on Earth

Last offseason the Rockies addressed their bullpen issues by signing former Yankee reliever Boone Logan to a three year - $16.5 million deal that was, for the most part, heavily criticized by Rockies fans. While this signing so far has looked to be a bust, other teams are starting to heavily value bullpen arms, and not just closers. The Yankees and Astros supported this by the Yankees signing Andrew Miller, who was one career save, to a four year - $36 million contract, the largest ever by a non-closer relief pitcher, and the Astros signing Pat Neshek to a two year – $12.5 million contract.

10 MLB bounce-back candidates – Sports on Earth

Paul Casella lists his top 10 MLB candidates primed for a bounce-back season in 2015, and he ranks the Rockies own Carlos Gonzalez number six on the list. Cargo had a WAR of -0.3 and has a projected 2015 WAR of 2.3, a difference of 2.6. An injury plagued 2014 lead to a dismal season, but with a full offseason of recovery an rehab, it’s possible we could see Cargo return to his 2010 self, and put up MVP numbers.