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Yoenis Cespedes's impending free agency will be an indicator of Carlos Gonzalez's contractual value

Rockies news and links for August 22, 2015.

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Yoenis Cespedes hits three homers in Rockies' loss to Mets in LoDo - The Denver Post

Measured by total bases, Yoenis Cespedes had the best offensive game of the season last night. His three home runs, double, and a single gave him 15 for the game. Cespedes, who is exactly one day younger than Carlos Gonzalez, is set to become a free agent at season's end.

The players are alike for more reasons than just age. They have a similar batting profile (CarGo walks more and has a better on base profile), and both are good defenders with very strong arms. What Cespedes commands on the free agent market will be a fair indication of what CarGo would if he were a free agent. I suspect that Cespedes's next contract will illustrate how fair CarGo's contract is. And for me, the takeaway is that the Rockies should not sell low on CarGo when he's moved in the offseason, especially given the minimal years attached to CarGo's contract.

Six of Cespedes's 15 total bases were at the expense of Jon Gray, who had a stinker last night. Patrick Saunders has quotes from Gray and manager Walt Weiss about the game.Both point to a lack of command that caused the dismal outing. Last night was a test for Gray, as he faced the same opponent for the second time in about ten days. Given the structure of the MLB schedule, it's not going to be the last time that happens. His next start will be another test: how will he respond to his first major league failure?

Nolan Arenado hits 30th home run of season |

Dargan Southard reviews a positive from last night's loss. Nolan Arenado, he notes, became the second Rockies' third baseman to hit 30 home runs in a season. The other is Vinny Castilla. Nolan's is the 33rd 30 home run season in Rockies history, and it's the first since Troy Tulowitzki hit 30 home runs in 2011. If Nolan is able to make it to 35, it will be the first 35 dinger season for the Rockies since Matt Holliday hit 36 in 2007.

Hochman: Goodbye, Denver; you'll be missed - The Denver Post

Benjamin Hochman's final article for the Denver Post. Benjamin is departing to work as a sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Farewell, friend.


Science, Stats, and Saves: A Glance At Rockies Closers - Rockies Zingers Colorado Rockies Baseball

John Bristow takes a look at each of the pitchers who have inhabited the closer's role this season.

Colorado Rockies Down On The Farm: Jesus Tinoco (Again!) - Rox Pile

Bobby DeMuro reviews Jesus Tinoco's excellent start for the Asheville Tourists. Tinoco is the most unheralded of the three pitchers the Rockies received for Troy Tulowitzki, but that doesn't mean we'll be paying any less attention to him going forward.

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Legendary At-Bats: Miller vs. Tulowitzki - Beyond the Box Score

Michael Bradburn at Beyond the Box Score breaks down the 12 pitch plate appearance that, evidently, nine percent of all of Canada watched. It was Andrew Miller against Troy Tulowitzki with the game on the line.

The Year the Laundry Won: Why Baseball’s High-Turnover Teams Haven’t Been Bad This Season «

Ben Lindbergh notes an oddity of the 2015 season: team's with high turnover from last season are experiencing success.