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Rockies news and links for June 24, 2017

It’s late June and the Colorado Rockies are better than good | Yahoo

This morning is probably as good a time as any to ground ourselves with all of the different ways that the Rockies are, in fact, a very good baseball team this year. Their young pitching held up until the last three days and has help on the way. Their lineup has been great up until the last three days, and they have all-stars in Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon and Mark Reynolds. They play good defense.

Just as important, Bud Black has seemingly had a real impact as manager and has helped support a strong “culture” in the locker room, insofar as any of us know what that means. Tim Brown writes about the Rockies and all of these reasons to believe.

Ranking MLB defenses: Which teams have an edge? | ESPN

Speaking of that defense, this research by ESPN Stats and Info (insider subscription required) finds that the Rockies are in the middle of the pack. The reason they aren’t higher? Some subpar defense behind the plate. That’s a different discussion for a different day, probably, but it is interesting to note given the reputation Tony Wolters made for himself on defense when he emerged last year.

Rockies rotation changes take shape, with Colorado eyeing Tyler Anderson’s imminent return | Denver Post

There’s no need to panic about the pitching despite the current three-game losing streak, but it’s still a relief to see that help is on the way. Nick Groke reports on the team’s plan for the next few days and beyond. Notably, Tyler Anderson will start Sunday and German Marquez will return to the rotation for Monday’s game in San Francisco.

Speaking of Monday’s game against the Giants:

Colorado Rockies Gift Guide: 10 must-have Nolan Arenado items | Rox Pile

We already knew we had a real star to get excited about on this team, and Arenado only confirmed that with his performances in the last week or so. With that in mind, Brian Greenzang outlines some gift ideas so that we can all continue to enjoy having Arenado on the Rockies together.