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Tyler Anderson aims to adjust and step up with Jon Gray’s absence

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Rockies news and links for Monday, April 17, 2017. Happy Patriots Day!

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Rockies’ Tyler Anderson making adjustments | MLB.com

Tyler Anderson threw in a bullpen before Sunday’s series finale with the Giants in front of a very invested crowd. Anderson broke out last season along with Jon Gray, who went on the 10-day Disabled List on Friday, and has struggled with his command so far this season. He’s allowed 24 base runners in 14.2 innings this year—18 hits and 6 walks —but is looking to get on track for Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. With Gray out for at least a month with a stress fracture in his foot, the Rockies will need Anderson to step up and pitch like his 2016 self.

Antonio Senzatela blows by the Giants as Rockies do something they never had in San Francisco | Denver Post

Senzatela has been sticking to what he knows; the 22-year-old has been throwing his fastball eight out of every 10 pitches, and it’s been working. After a rough first inning, Senzatela shut down the San Francisco Giants over the next 6-plus innings and continued his stellar start to his young and bright career.

Greg Holland having major impact for Rockies | FanRag Sports

Writing for FanRag, an unnamed Purple Row writer— let’s call him Stick Nephens—dives into the impact that Greg Holland has had on the Rockies and their surprising bullpen. Despite the mixed reviews surrounding the initial signing and Holland being named as the closer to begin the season, his success so far this year has shut down any remaining doubts. Holland’s fastball still isn’t up to 2015 form—it’s about two miles per hour below his 2015 average—but his slider has been effective enough to make up for the drop in velocity.

Don’t Blink, But Pitching Is Carrying the Colorado Rockies to Early Success | Rox Pile

Like the rest of the links in here, the Rockies pitching is the story of the season. The team is making their way through their offensive struggles and have succeeded beyond expectations behind the most unexpected names, namely the young rookie starters and a dominant bullpen.