Jon Morosi goes more in depth on the rumors that the Nationals are interested in Charlie Blackmon. According to his sources, the Rockies and Nationals have already had preliminary conversations about a deal to send Blackmon to Washington. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has publicly denied interest in Blackmon, but almost everything a GM says this time of the year should be taken with a grain of salt.
In the same article, Morosi also talks about Boone Logan being a good fit for the Nationals, Cubs, and Giants. The Cubs are probably out of the conversation now with their acquisition of Mike Montgomery yesterday in a four player trade that sent Dan Vogelbach to the Mariners. However, that trade does show the possible trade value of Boone Logan. Montgomery does have considerable more team control, but teams in win-now mode often times will overpay even for a rental if they feel that they are only a piece or two away from winning. And, as Morosi demonstrates, any team planning on making a playoff run in the National League will want a dominant lefty available in the bullpen.
Speaking of Blackmon, he was honored as the Rockies nominee for the Heart and Hustle Award presented by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA). Obviously the Rockies shouldn’t trade him now because they would lose their Heart and Hustle. That’s what that means, right?
If you’ve started to notice that Jon Gray has turned into a good pitcher, you’re not the only one. Our friends over at BtBS used #science to dig into Jon Gray’s run of form at Coors Field this season.
Jon Gray pitching at Coors Field has much bigger ramifications than just about any other pitcher-ballpark combination in baseball, so even relatively small samples of extreme success are of interest.
It’s worth reading for yourself but Rob Rogacki points out that Jon Gray’s slider (the one that elicits swoons from hitters and viewers alike) has become one of the top ten sliders in the league this year and it has picked up velocity during the season. Click for the analysis, stay for the GIFs.
The other top pitching prospect returned to the mound last night in Albuquerque and did not have a great time. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks as he managed just 3⅔ innings. Chris Jackson spoke with Isotopes manager Glenallen Hill after the game and it turns out Hoffman was on a pitch count as the Rockies seek to curtail his innings as he continues bouncing back from Tommy John surgery. He threw 104 innings last season and is now sitting at 104 innings this year.
For whatever reason it seems that there is a large cross-section between baseball fans and professional wrestling fans. Kevin Henry over at Roxpile does a thought experiment to see what WWE’s recent shakeup would mean if the Rockies did something similar. Even if you don’t know wrestling, it’s pretty fun.