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Tuesday Rockpile: Jeff Bridich unhappy with players' execution

Notes on the Rockies' GM's frustration with his team, plus Kyle Kendrick, Mike Trout, Trevor Story and more.

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Bridich challenges Rockies to play better |
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich is not pleased with the execution of his team's hitters and starting rotation, according to Thomas Harding. We know all about the problems with the starting pitching -- walks, home runs, generally awful command, etc. -- but the lineup isn't getting its fair share of the blame. I'll have more on that in a while.

Kendrick shouldering more responsibility in Colorado |
Kyle Kendrick has had nearly two turns through the rotation worth of time to figure out his issues, notes Harding. The Rockies' main free-agent signing from this past offseason has flat-out stunk, surrendering 10 homers in 33 innings and walking batters at a higher rate than he had in any season since 2009.

Hochman: Mike Trout an Angel worth watching ... and walking - The Denver Post
Benjamin Hochman profiles Trout, who is a man among boys in an underperforming Angels lineup. Rockies pitchers might walk every man, woman and child they come across, but if they issue a bunch of walks to Trout over the next couple days, it wouldn't be the worst thing.

5 teams definitely* selling at the MLB trade deadline - MLB Daily Dish
The Rockies not coincidentally are lumped in with some of the most hapless teams in the league in this MLBDD piece. One thing we've learned from the past: we can't say the Rockies are "definitely" going to do anything at the trade deadline. Of course, there's a different GM in place this year, and never before has there been a more obvious group of purple-clad assets to deal.

The Story of Trevor Story | FanGraphs Baseball
Story has reestablished himself as a legitimate prospect, writes Chris Mitchell. Story's decreased strikeout rate, increased walk rate and overall better batted ball profile are proof of this. What's better, Story could, as Mitchell says, hit like Sean Rodriguez or Ian Stewart and still stick in the big leagues because of his ability to play shortstop.


CU Boulder Team - 2015 SABR Analytics Diamond Dollars Competition | Rockies Zingers Colorado Rockies Baseball
Richard Bergstrom chats with a bunch of college students about their entry in the Diamond Dollars Case Competition at the 2015 SABR Analytics conference, which took place back in March.

Colorado Rockies Hot or Not: Week 5 - Rox Pile
Bobby DeMuro tells you which Rockies players to swipe left and swipe right on (spoiler: swipe right on everybody!).