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Colorado Rockies starter Jon Gray sees a mixed bag in Opening Day win

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Rockies links and notes for Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Jon Gray Thinks He’s Noah Syndergaard - Fangraphs
At Fangraphs, Jeff Sullivan took time to marvel at Jon Gray’s slider yesterday, which averaged 90.9 MPH against the Brewers, up from his 88.6 mark last season. Sullivan compared Gray to Mets ace Noah Syndergaard, who threw baseball’s hardest slider last year at an average velocity of 90.9 MPH.

Rockies’ Jon Gray vows to learn from bad inning that spoiled his 2017 debut - The Denver Post
Despite the strong performance from his slider, Gray ran into trouble in the fifth inning of yesterday’s win over the Brewers. Gray told Patrick Saunders that he approached that inning differently than the first four and stopped using the whole strike zone, but he said he was grateful for his teammates picking him up and getting a 7-5 win.

What's real? What's a mirage? A guide to Opening Day results - ESPN.com
David Schoenfield takes a look at some of the notable events from yesterday and whether they are long term signs for respective teams. Among them was the Rockies’ bullpen throwing five shutout innings against Milwaukee.

Ottavino's brilliance highlights stellar 'pen effort - rockies.com
Notable in that bullpen performance was Adam Ottavino’s eighth inning. Ottavino walked the first two batters, but told Thomas Harding he then found the release point on his slider, allowing him to strike out the side and escape the inning unscathed.

Mark Reynolds’ decision to return to Rockies pays off big time - The Denver Post
The offensive star for the Rockies yesterday was first baseman Mark Reynolds, who started the scoring with a two-run home run and drove in a third run later in the game. He talked with Patrick Saunders about his Opening Day performance after the game.