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News and notes for the Colorado Rockies—and around the NL West—for Thursday, May 4, 2017

SD 3, COL 11: Padres defense takes the day off | Gaslamp Ball

It's always fun to read the recap of a win from the perspective of the team you just defeated.

Rockies, now dealing with a bullpen surplus, send Estevez to Triple-A | The Denver Post

As a part of the flurry of moves before yesterday's game, the Rockies sent right-handed reliever Carlos Estevez to AAABQ. Nick Groke explains the rationale behind the move and talked to manager Bud Black about it, who said, “That tells us we feel good about the depth of our bullpen, having to send down Carlos like that.”

Senzatela named NL Rookie of the Month | MLB.com

Two months ago, Antonio Senzatela wasn't even on anyone's radar to make the Rockies Opening Day roster. Yesterday, he was named NL Rookie of the Month. Senza, who was brilliant again last night, made four starts and put up a 2.81 ERA with 18 strikeouts. It seems to me that he might've gotten an extra boost because he pitched in Coors which, duh, makes sense.

Allen, Holland receive Relievers of the Month awards | MLB.com

Meanwhile, another Rockies pitcher took home a monthly award, this time Greg Holland—who, likewise, wasn't widely considered to be in his current position two months ago--received the honor. Holland allowed just one extra base hit to the 48 batters he faced in April, notching 11 saves along the way.

Rockies Mailbag: Should Colorado move Desmond back to OF and sell off Gonzalez? | Denver Post

Patrick Saunders seems to be getting a lot of questions these days, as this is one of the largest mailbags I've seen. He takes a quick-hitter approach, responding to a bunch of questions briefly while digging a little deeper into questions like the one that inspired the headline. Should Ian Desmond play outfield while Carlos Gonzalez gets shopped? I’m not sure but, funny that you mention it...

Blogpile

We Need to Talk About Carlos Gonzalez | Roxpile

Kevin Henry isn't wrong. Eric Garcia McKinley pointed this out yesterday:

Since 2010 CarGo has only had three really bad April’s, including this one. In 2011 he had a wRC+ of 45, in 2015 it was 42, and this year it was 50. He had an 89 in 2014 but that’s not really bad. All other years he had had between 123 and 142 wRC+ in April. More often than not, CarGo doesn’t start slow at all.

In other words: yes, it is definitely time to talk about CarGo. Personally, I opt for the “move CarGo down in the lineup” move, but I also understand that could have serious drawbacks.

NSFW: Let’s watch some of Ottavino’s sliders together | BSN Rockies

Part of my favorite genre of sportswriting, Jake Shapiro wants us to enjoy just how filthy Adam Ottavino's slider is. Partake with joy, but make sure your content filter is off before you click.

FanPost Friday: Which Rockies player do you irrationally love? | Purple Row

Just one more day for this week's FanPost Friday prompt. Submit your answer for a chance to see your post featured on the front page and we'll recap all the posts tomorrow.

Around the NL West

Diamondbacks starting rotation is surprisingly good | AZ Snake Pit

If you're looking for answers as to why the Diamondbacks are where they are (namely, second place in the NL West), Michael McDermott has some them. He mentions the rotation in depth but he also draws out a few other key differences between this year's team and last's.

Vin Scully "completely at peace" in retirement | True Blue LA

Retired Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully was inducted into the Dodgers ring of honor on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. He says he's very content with his decision. Well we're not, Vin!

This American hero read about the Giants winning the World Series instead of watching from the front row | McCovey Chronicles

If you missed this, you should really check it out. Trolling your rivals is fun.