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Carlos Estevez lacks command in ugly ninth-inning appearance

Estevez loses command in 5-3 loss to the Fish.

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Estevez battles command in 4-run outing |

Rookie closer Carlos Estevez’s fourth blown save of the year handed the Rockies a heart-wrenching loss to the Marlins Friday night. Estevez expressed dissatisfaction with his fastball command to media post-game. In addition to command, Estevez also lacked velocity, operating below his usual 98+ mph mark. The 23-year old felt perhaps a premature opening in his delivery may have been the root of his struggles, but cited pitch sequencing as an issue as well. Estevez says he will review game tape and address both concerns.

Marlins’ Ichiro Suzuki arrives at Coors Field two hits short of magic 3,000 | The Denver Post

Ichiro Suzuki’s 2,998 career hits mark hasn’t moved since July, 29th — a rare 0-10 skid from one of the games most talented hitters. With the Marlins in town through Sunday, there’s a chance Rockies fans will get to witness Ichiro become just the 30th player in history to reach the 3,000 mark. Boone Logan kept the excitement at bay in the series opener, striking Ichiro out on three pitches in his only plate appearance of the game.

The “Not A Clayton Kershaw Comparison” Comparison | FanGraphs

This terrific read from Corrine Landrey at FanGraphs is as close to comparing Rockies rookie Tyler Andreson to Clayton Kershaw as one can get, while still making it absolutely crystal clear that Clayton Kershaw really ought not be compared to anyone. Despite the effort, Landrey takes a look at similarities in delivery, walk rate and ground ball tendencies to actually compare Tyler Anderson to Clayton Kershaw. Is he Clayton Kershaw? No. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get excited about what Anderson is doing.