As you hopefully know, Kyle Freeland threw a gem last night, going 8.1 innings and allowing only one hit. It was an exclamation point on a stellar "first half" of the season for Rockies rookie pitchers who have carried the bulk of the starts and are a large part of the best start through 91 games in team history. On a larger scale, the four rookie starters - Freeland, Jeff Hoffman, German Marquez, and Antonio Senzatela - are all in the top five in baseball in rookie pitchers WAR. This only helped that standing.
Kyle Freeland said that he "blacked out" when he entered the game for the top of the ninth inning on Sunday. That speaks to the emotional high so many observers felt as well. Jake Shapiro also talked to Ryan Hanigan's work with Freeland behind the plate, as well as Bud Black's view of Freeland's maturity in his rookie season.
Noah Yingling looks at the no-hitters the Rockies have been involved in, notably Ubaldo Jiménez's 2010 no-no and Hideo Nomo's no-hitter at Coors Field in 1995. He forgot to mention the game that was better than either of those: Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter against the Rockies in 2014. That 14 strikeout gem one was a Hanley Ramírez error away from being a perfect game.
Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu are finally all-stars together. But how long will they remain with the Rockies? | Denver Post
Patrick Saunders tracks the on-field development and off-field friendship between D.J. LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon. He also notes that both players are under team control through next season only. The Rockies will have to make a decision about whether or not to keep them. As of now, my guess is that they keep neither. There are too many high-ceiling infield prospects knocking at the door behind LeMahieu, and the Rockies probably won't want to pay Blackmon what he'll earn on the open market, which could be something like six years and over $100 million.
Saunders spoke with Jeff Bridich about the Rockies' chances despite the recent losing spell. Bridich described it as "two and a half months" of great baseball followed by "two and a half weeks" of bad baseball. He thinks the Rockies are in it until the end this season.
The Home Run Derby is tonight. In the first round, Charlie Blackmon will face Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger.