The Rockies made a couple minor transactions yesterday. Chris Rusin will return to the bullpen after a DL stint. Rusin, a lefty, is effective as a mop-up reliever as well as a long-man if needed. In turn, Jason Motte has been placed on the DL.
I am a broken record: the Rockies poor 7-13 record in one-run games does not mean they don't know "how to win." If it means anything, it means that the team's overall record should be better now than it is. They are tossup games, the ultimate record of which can be attributed a great deal to luck. Luck is an indisputable part of baseball. It's one of the things that make it fun. The Rockies record in one-run games is not good but it doesn't mean that the team is missing the mystical will to win.
The 50-30 Cubs are 12-16 in one-run games. Cleveland, who is 57-42, is 14-14 in one-run games. Not just teams with good records have mediocre to below average records in one-run games though. The Giants are 59-42 overall and 21-13. Does that mean that they've been lucky? Yes! Show me a good team, and I'll show you a team that has benefitted from luck. That doesn't mean it's all luck, of course. The Giants would still be still be 55-46 if they had a 17-17 record in these games. It's also notable that these three teams, selected because they are in first place in their divisions, have all played in more one-run games than the Rockies have. If you want evidence about the quality of the team, it's found in the fact that they usually lose by more than one run. In sum, the Rockies record in one-run games, while ripe with narrative, is not a problem the Rockies need to solve.
These few examples indicate that there's no clear relationship between a good or bad record in one-run games and overall success. Here's another: You know which Rockies team really knew how to win? The 2007 club. The one with a 19-19 record in one run games.
Patrick Saunders has a nice review of what he rightly describes as one of the crispest wins of the season for the Rockies. They got excellent starting pitching, solid relief, and timely hitting. Taking two out of three from the team with the best record in the American League—on the road, no less—doesn't necessarily prove the Rockies should push the chips in to contend this year (even with their success they are still three games below .500 and Baseball Prospectus puts their playoff odds at 0.8%), but hey, at least the team is watchable (something we couldn't say a few years ago) and it doesn't take much squinting to see a talented roster that can contend in a way the Rockies haven't since the close of the previous decade.
On a night where Charlie Blackmon got the night off, David Dahl played centerfield and hit second in the order and made the most of it. Dahl's first career MLB home run went to dead center, displaying what manager Walt Weiss called "sneaky power." It's not an accident; Dahl has had a power surge in 2016, knocking his 19th home run across three levels. If there were any doubts about whether Dahl was coming up just as a placeholder while the Rockies used a DH, or waited for Gerardo Parra to come back from injury, his performance in this series should answer those.
MLB Rookie Report: David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies | Minor League Ball
John Sickles of Minor League Ball adds to the praise of the Rockies rookie, saying "Dahl's combination of tools, improving skills, and multi-category potential makes him one of the best rookie investments going forward."
Also, it's been said before but it bears repeating: this year's crop of Colorado rookies (Gray, Carlos Estevez, Tyler Anderson, Trevor Story, and Dahl) is impressing in a way that further signals this team's window of contention is beginning to open.
MLB Pipeline released their updated Top 100 prospect list earlier this week and, in what should come as no surprise, the Rockies fared very well, placing five players on the list. Shortstop Brendan Rodgers came in at no. 8, Dahl at no. 20, right handed pitchers Jeff Hoffman and Riley Pint at no. 46 and no. 50, repectively, and outfielder Raimel Tapia slotted in at no. 88. You can see the list itself here.
Our Purple Row Prospect list—as voted on by you, our illustrious readers—continues to roll out. In addition to two Dominican Academy products, yesterday's edition features two pitchers who earned midseason promotions to lackluster results, and a player we've yet to see take the field in 2016. Look for another edition later today when we enter the top 20.
Nick Groke, who has been covering the Rockies for the Denver Post since Troy Renck's departure in April 2014, will be leaving the Rockies' beat. Following the same path as Renck, Groke will be covering the Broncos. Nick Kosmider will be taking over Groke's role. He'll join Patrick Saunders. Kosmider has covered high school and college sports for the Post. In 2011, he covered the Rockies for MLB.com. Give Nick a follow @nickkosmider.