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Charlie Blackmon just might be the best position player on the Rockies right now

Rockies news and links for Monday May 22, 2017

Charlie Blackmon Quietly Carrying Rockies This Season | FanRag Sports

Stick Nephens for FanRag Sports talks about Charlie Blackmon’s fantastic—and unheralded—start to the season. The Rockies center fielder is hitting .319/.357/.588 out of the lead-off spot and is second on the team in RBI with 33. There’s a valid argument for moving Blackmon back in the order to take advantage of his success with runners on base, but Blackmon has spent his entire professional career with the mental approach of a lead-off man. I think the Rockies should try moving Blackmon back because his outputs fit better in the two-hole while DJ fits the prototypical leadoff man. It might not go well, but you can always switch him back.

Carlos Gonzalez: Anatomy of a slump and why Rockies’ slugger thinks he’ll bust out of it | Denver Post

It’s not just his flashy smile and positive attitude. Carlos Gonzalez has the faith of the organization that he will break out of his season-starting slump and end the year hitting “.290-something with 30 home runs and 90 RBI”. That faith isn’t misplaced; Gonzalez has always been a streaky player and has rewarded that trust in his non-injury seasons.

For Rockies middle relievers, a ‘we’ mentality is key to success | Mile High Sports

The Rockies bullpen is the top reason why the team leads the National League in wins. There have been some rough patches with a few guys - who will remain nameless - but it’s not about the individuals. It’s about the unit.

“We say the same thing to every one of them,” Foster said. “We say, ‘Altitude matters, but attitude matters more.’ If your attitude’s right and you have the right approach, every time you go out there with that ‘we’ mentality, everything’s going to be just fine.”

Colorado Rockies: Looking at 3 different defensive lineups | Rox Pile

JD Jensen at Rox Pile examines how the Rockies should deal with their positional depth, especially once Story returns to the ballclub. He goes from normal (Trevor Story at short, Gerardo Parra out of the lineup) to a little extreme (Story and Pat Valaika back to Triple-A, Ian Desmond at short, Parra in left), but it’s an interesting exploration of the Rockies options.