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It’s Memorial Day and the Colorado Rockies are still in first place

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Colorado Rockies news, notes and links for Monday, May 29

There’s a common saying in baseball that the standings don’t matter till Memorial Day. The idea is that while the season is still young, anyone can get hot for a long enough stretch to catapult themselves into first place. As the numbers of games played accumulate, the pretenders are separated from the contenders. Prior to Memorial Day this year, the Rockies have played 52 games already and are just two game short of reaching the one-third mark of the season and the good news is that they still occupy first place in the most competitive division in baseball.

Rockies' Jon Gray throws bullpen session | Rockies.com

The Rockies have succeeded with three rookies in the rotation and a fourth, Jeff Hoffman, making spot starts as needed. While it's been successful, the Rockies and their have awaiting the return of their ace. Jon Gray broke his foot on April 13 and has been limited to activities that he could complete with a walking boot on until recently. He's now throwing without the boot and may now be 1-2 weeks away from a rehab assignment.

Greg Holland leads the list of MLB’s best offseason signings for 2017. | The Denver Post

The Rockies took a risk when they signed Greg Holland coming off of Tommy John surgery. Needless to say that risk has paid off. While he surrendered a run last night in a non-save appearance, when the game has been on the line, he's yet to blow a save.

Rolling Colorado Rockies send a message to MLB's doubters | Colorado Springs Gazette

Not only did the Rockies defeat the Cardinals to win yet another series. The Rockies fans may have had an equally important victory. The Cardinal fan base has historically been one that has taken over Coors Field during their team's visits to Colorado. Not this weekend though as the Rockies played in front of a crowd that was obviously favoring the home team and the purple-to-red ratio was heavily in favor of purple.

Ranking the MLB teams after Week 8 of the season | ESPN

ESPN appears to still be hung up on their preseason favorites. The Rockies are ranked fourth, one spot behind the Dodgers despite having outplayed them all season and also leading them in the head-to-head series.