Nolan Arenado’s film school – The Denver Post
This is one of the best articles I’ve ever stumbled upon. Nolan Arenado is such an exciting fielder to watch and makes amazing plays night after night. Arenado sat down with Nick Groke to breakdown some of his signature plays. With each breakdown, a video is provided as well so you can see for yourself. And trust me, you will have to watch them a few times each because they are that good. Arenado provided some insight into how he and Troy Tulowitzki work the infield, using a signal system. On one of the plays, Tulo gave Arenado a sign letting Arenado know what pitch Matt Belisle was going to throw, letting Arenado know how to position himself and prepare for a ball likely to come his way. This article is an absolute must read.
Know your enemy – Bleed Cubbie Blue
Al Yellon from SB Nation's Cubs team blog describes the Colorado Rockies from a Cubs perspective. Not a whole lot of breakings news here, as he touches on the small moves the Rockies made this offseason and expects the Rockies and Diamondbacks to battle each other all year to avoid the NL West cellar.
Rex Brothers not hurt, but not yet ready to appear in a game – The Denver Post
Rex Brothers does not have any physical injury, but apparently he is still working on some of his mechanics. Brothers threw a bullpen session on Saturday. Walt Weiss said "he's working on some things, and he'll be in a game very soon." So it looks like there’s nothing too concerning regarding Rex, and we should expect to see him pitching this upcoming week. Also important: Rex now has a beard.
2015 MLB team preview: Colorado Rockies – CBS Sports
In this article, Mike Axisa takes a close look at the 2015 Colorado Rockies. He briefly describes the Rockies biggest strength, the offense, and the biggest weakness, the rotation. Not a big surprise there. There are some interesting notes. He predicts Carlos Gonzalez will bat second, Troy Tulowitzki third, with Justin Morneau batting cleanup. He also has the rotation set with Tyler Matzek in the 5th spot. Not my ideal lineup or rotation setup, but hey, maybe he knows something I don’t.
Five bold predictions for the 2015 Colorado Rockies – Sporting News
A somewhat pessimistic article, but it’s not that uncommon to see from the national press. The article points out that although the Rockies are set up for a bad 2015, they do have Tulo and Cargo, which puts the Rockies ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Also noted is the Rockies had the second worst stolen base percentage in the major leagues in 2014 at 63.9%. Walt Weiss has stated in a recent Twitter Q&A that "we always put an emphasis on base stealing and looking for opportunities to steal bases." It will be interesting to see if the Rockies can improve on their base stealing this year, either by being more successful, or just simply trying less.