The Colorado Rockies are in first place in the National League West. Yesterday’s 8-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians puts them at 38-23, 15 games above .500 for the first time since September 2010. They have the most wins in the National League (though the Nationals have a better win percentage due to the fact they’ve played three fewer games) and and are four-and-a-half games back of the Houston Astros (42-18) for the best record in baseball. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks (both 36-25) are tied for the fourth best record in baseball. If you’re not having fun yet, you should be.
Patrick Saunders has a BIG mailbag this week, with brief updates on a lot of players. The most valuable question is his breakdown of Greg Holland's contract, which is pretty complicated and was very confusing when it was first announced. Spoiler alert: he's likely going to end up triggering every benefit. But Saunders seems to think Holland would be open to returning to the Rockies in 2018. A sustained playoff run might make that decision even easier for him.
If you missed the game yesterday, you missed one of the most incredible foul balls ever. In the fifth-inning, Carlos Gonzalez hit a pitch an estimated 480 feet down the right-field line, just foul. It was caught by a man who was standing on the concourse of the Rooftop area. No, really.
Mike Dunn went from a 1.17 ERA in April to a 9.35 ERA in May. Previewing the Cubs series, Saunders talks to Dunn about the adjustments he's made and why he thinks his struggles are behind him.
Our own Richard Bergstrom has been doing a lot of research into baseball weather this season and has a further investigation into weather reporting across the various ballparks up at THT yesterday.
Show this article to Rockies fans in the fall of 2016 and many will spit out their beverage. While Gerardo Parra still isn't quite up to where he was in his career peak years, he's been a heck of a lot better than last year. So, he'll be missed? What is this reality??
There were a lot of changes bandied about during negotiations for the new collective bargaining agreement between MLB players and owners. One of them was expanding active rosters to 26 players. Rob Manfred, who as at Coors Field on Wednesday, details just how close they came.
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An extended recap from yesterday's 8-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Jordan Patterson, who was called up for the injured Parra, talks to our own Chris Jackson about his sophomore slump in Triple-A.
Just two year ago, the local company, Newmont Mining signed up with the Rockies to sponsor Project C.U.R.E. by donating $50 for every strikeout thrown by a Rockies pitcher. They're racking them up, now.
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Around the NL West
If you're looking for reasons as to why the Diamondbacks are nipping that the Rockies' heels in the NL West, look no further than Paul Goldschmidt. "After a disappointing 2016 season that saw Goldschmidt drop from the MVP caliber player he was 2013-2015, it looks like that he’s rediscovered that form in early stages of 2017."
Clayton Kershaw ended a three-game losing streak for the Dodgers by going seven innings with nine strikeouts en route to a 2-1 victory. The Dodgers remain two games back in the NL West.
The Diamondbacks also remain two games back after defeating the Padres 7-4 on Wednesday. The two teams match up again today.
Grant Brisbee, National Treasure (not to be confused with National Treasure), breaks down the upcoming draft from the Giants' perspective. However, there's a lot of good information for anyone to use in there as well.