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Rockies players feel differently — in a good way — about their strong start this year

Colorado Rockies news and links for Friday, April 21.

Rockies believe their strong start is sustainable, unlike past seasons | Denver Post

Patrick Saunders talked to Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, and Carlos Gonzalez about the team’s 10-6 start—one that isn’t quite as strong record-wise as some in previous seasons, but one that feels a lot more real.

It seems the trio agrees on a couple of things: the offense has started sluggishly, and the bullpen has saved everyone’s bacon. The key to keeping this up as players return from injury and continue to gel together is finding a happy medium.

Q&A: Bridich dishes on hopes for Rockies |

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich went long with toward the end of spring training. I thought this was the best/most interesting part (even though it was a topic—the acquisition of Ian Desmond—that was arguably beaten to death during the offseason):

As long as we were going to commit to each other, create a plan and actually execute that plan; if we were going to, for lack of a better term, half-ass it, or any piece of that puzzle was not going to be fully in, then it would have given us major pause. The fact that everybody was fully on board and fully committed to it, we went out and did it. Whether it's out of the box or not, I don't know. We felt like we saw a person, a player and an athlete that was a good fit, and if we could get everybody on the same page and execute this plan, it was going to be a great fit for us.

Yes, some of this is referring to the Rockies’ plan to move Desmond to first base. But I’m willing to bet the farm that it’s also talking about what will happen in the case of injuries at other positions and how Desmond will be used to fill in—in this season and beyond.

Ian Desmond return doesn’t have to come at Mark Reynolds’ expense | BSN Denver

Speaking of that, when Desmond returns (that could be within the next 10 days), Reynolds would theoretically be left without a starting job. But Drew Creasman takes a look at some scenarios where that wouldn’t have to happen.

Crazy numbers, early trends, and the meaning of what we've seen so far | ESPN

The Rockies’ bullpen, which enters play Friday with an ERA of 2.62, gets some love from David Schoenfield.

Colorado Rockies Triple-A Team Changing Name … For One Night | Rox Pile

The Isotopes on June 16 will suit up as the Albuquerque Green Chile Cheeseburgers against the Fresno Tacos, and I am now very hungry. I’m outta here to go get an early lunch.