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Colorado Rockies news and notes for Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rockies' rookie rotation trio drives them again, this time over Cubs | Denver Post
It really was an incredible series for the Rockies against the Cubs. It seemed like a mismatch going in: Jake Arrieta, John Lackey, and Kyle Hendricks against Antonio Senzatela, Kyle Freeland, and German Márquez.

The result? Yet another series win for the Rockies, who are now 8-2-1 on the season.

Swing and a prayer for Márquez on first career hit |

Márquez had an afternoon to remember yesterday. In addition to taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the defending World Series champions, he collected his first career MLB hit! It was a bold move from Bud Black to let him hit for himself but it paid off big time.

Gray a Cub? Bryant on Rox? It was possible |
Thomas Harding grabs thoughts from the Rockies’ Jon Gray and the Cubs’ Kris Bryant on the results of the 2013 draft. I feel like it's an underappreciated fact that the majority of mock drafts had Gray going to the Cubs and Bryant coming to Denver. It certainly would have made for a much different past few years in baseball.


Colorado Rockies should move into top five of MLB Power Rankings | Rox Pile
Ben Mascaluso makes the argument that, based on the Rockies series victory against the Cubs--especially considering how they accomplished it--they should now be considered one of the top five teams in baseball. While I certainly agree that the Rockies are playing excellent baseball right now (and that is, ostensibly, what Power Rankings are intended to communicate) I want to see what they do this weekend against the Dodgers before I consider them among the class of the league.

“Black and Blue”: Bud’s most memorable doubleheader | BSN Rockies
I like a manager with a certain level of humility. Bud Black delivers a brief, endearing anecdote.

2017 Rockies Drag Factor Update - Pitchers - April | Purple Row
RIRF introduced the idea of the Drag Factor statistic in 2013, and came up with a version for pitchers in 2014 here. Since that time, Purple Row user Rawktober has taken up the task of tracking the Drag Factor on the roster. Last week we saw the results for hitters, earlier this week we saw the results for hitters. There aren't many surprises here if you've been watching, but perhaps the impact is a bit larger than we might have expected.

FanPost Friday: Coors Field visitor’s guide | Purple Row
I'll be writing up the recap tomorrow so get your recommendations in today. Write up a FanPost and let’s give all the recommendations new visitors need on Coors Field.

Around the NL West

Toles to have surgery to repair torn ACL | True Blue LA
The Rockies are still in first place in the NL West as they welcome the Dodgers to town for a four game set. They will be without outfielder Andrew Toles, who infamously hit a ninth inning go-ahead grand slam last summer against the Rockies. Toles was serving as their primary left fielder against right-handed pitching, which means the Dodgers will be without a key cog in their lineup for at least two games this series.

The Giants Are Stuck | FanGraphs Baseball
In case you haven't noticed, the San Francisco Giants are currently in last place in the NL West with the worst record in baseball. It may be even worse than it looks for the team, as Nicholas Stellini draws out here.

"This may just be a long, arduous slog of a season for San Francisco."

Music to my ears.

The Bard’s Take: Arizona’s Payroll and Greinke (1 of 2) | AZ Snake Pit
The Rockies and Diamondbacks are bedfellows in the fact that they are, on the scale of MLB teams, mid-market organizations with limits on their payrolls. James Attwood dives into what this means for the Dbacks in context of the huge Zack Greinke deal, and why it still could pan out for our desert friends.

Gwynn’s Greatest Months | Gaslamp Ball
Tuesday would have been Padres legend Tony Gwynn 's 57th birthday. Gwynn, who passed away four years ago due to cancer, remains an incredibly fascinating player. In honor of his birthday, Gaslamp Ball poses the question: What would a season made of each of Tony’s best months look like?