Welcome to winning baseball, Rockies fans!
After last night’s win, the Rockies find themselves over .500 for the first time since 2010. The Rockies have been the best team in the majors since the All-Star Break, having gone 14-5, winning four consecutive series’ in the process. Nick Kosmider has quotes from Weiss and Gonzalez, who rolled his ankle in the eighth inning after belting two home runs in the game.
One of the major factors for the recent resurgence of the Rockies would be their rookies, especially those in the pitching staff. The Cowboy is careful not to predict the Rockies as playoff bound for just the fourth time in their history, but he does point out that the success of this pitching staff is indicative of what will hopefully be a long term trend of the Rockies being unable to develop pitchers at altitude.
Ringolsby sticks mostly to win-loss records and ERA to make his point but the more advanced metrics make his point even stronger. The pitching staff is by most accounts league average, sitting middle of the pack in FIP, xFIP, ERA-, which is an incredible achievement for a Rockies pitching staff. If you focus on their performance in the second half, they are top 10 in baseball in each of those categories.
A Rockies hot streak fueled by pitching? What sort of world are we living in today?
General Manager Jeff Bridich spoke with reporters on Tuesday about the team’s lack of activity at the trade deadline. After a stretch of baseball this good, it’s easy to understand where quotes like this one come from:
"It's our job to understand what's going on," Bridich said, referring to the trade landscape. "If there was a message sent, great. But I'm not the right person to ask that. I think it's consistent in the fact that we believe in this group.
Thomas Harding pulls out some interesting quotes not only from Bridich but from potential trade targets Carlos Gonzalez, Nick Hundley, and Charlie Blackmon.
Yesterday we got into the top 10 PuRPs, as voted on by the Purple Row community. Many of the guys in this portion of the list prove a valuable point about prospects: things don’t always go according to plan. It’s true that many more players bust than ever make the majors, something Rockies fans are all too aware of.
/looks at 2006 draft. Fights back tears of frustration
But just because a prospect struggles for a season (see: Story, Trevor, 2013), or battles some injuries (see: Anderson, Tyler) doesn’t necessarily mean the talent isn’t there. Keep that in mind as players rise and fall through the system and through the rankings.
Speaking of PuRPs, Purple Row’s own Bobby DeMuro wrote this in-depth profile on newly minted No. 18 PuRP Yency Almonte, so if you’re interested in learning more about the fireball throwing righty, Bobby has all you could want and more.