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Colorado Rockies young pitching staff still learning lessons

Rockies news, rumors, and roster moves for July 16, 2017

Bud Black's first season as Rockies manager has become a pitching tutorial | Denver Post
Nick Groke portrays Bud Black as a guide for the Rockies' young pitchers. That's likely what they need most. "He is steering the Rockies' rookie arms without coddling them," Groke writes, "directing them through new experiences while letting them loose." Some of this shows up for everyone to see.

We see it when Black navigates We see it when Black walks to the mound and returns back to the dugout without pulling the pitcher. We see it when he makes the difficult decisions to juggle starters from the rotation to the bullpen to Triple-A Albuquerque. Given what we know about Black and the way he relates to his players, we can be confident that he helps them all navigate those moves.

Rockies Jon Gray hoping to bounce back quickly | MLB.com
And, case in point, Jon Gray demonstrated a level of maturity after his rough start on Friday. "Baseball is not going to stop teaching me," he said. He wasn't able to stop the Rockies' slide himself, but it's a team sport. After another rough one on Saturday, Jeff Hoffman and the offense picked everyone up on Sunday.

Past Performance Contradictions In Rockies' Second Half | 5280 Sports Network
Derek Kessinger writes about how the Rockies' second half fortunes are all of the sudden a bit more wide open than they looked a few weeks ago. While he focuses on the slim possibility that the Rockies could push for the division, he also mentions the NL Central race, which is a more compelling wrinkle right now.

The Rockies are just one game better than the Brewers, and they don't look like they're going to roll over in the central in the way people (like me) have been assuming all year. There are now reports that the Brewers are in pursuit of Sonny Gray. A month ago, it looked like a Diamondbacks versus Rockies Wild Card game was a foregone conclusion. Now, it looks like it'll be a fight with either the Brewers or the Cubs for one of those two spots.

Colorado Rockies OF Wes Rogers rides strength to career year at the plate | Baseball Census
Bobby DeMuro has a typically excellent scouting report of Rockies prospect Wes Rogers. It's worth pointing out that if anybody in the Rockies' organization can play the Terrance Gore role of being a specialized pinch-runner who is never allowed to actually hit in September and the postseason, it's Rogers. So far in 2017, Rogers has stolen 51 bases in 59 attempts. That's an 86 percent success rate. Just something to keep in your back pocket.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Rockies reportedly interested in JD Martinez | Purple Row
For the first time this season, the Rockies have been connected to a potential trade target. Jon Morosi tweeted yesterday that the Rockies have shown interest in Tigers outfielder JD Martinez. He would, inarguably, be an offensive boost. But it would also require some creative roster juggling, especially with David Dahl rehabbing in Triple-A.

MLB Trade Deadline 2017: The Colorado Rockies and the reliever market | Purple Row
A couple of the guys on this list, Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson, were traded to the Nationals yesterday. It looks like there are a lot of options out there if the Rockies choose to dive into the reliever market.

Rockies reinstate Ian Desmond, place Tyler Chatwood on DL | Purple Row
The Rockies placed Tyler Chatwood on the 10-day disabled list yesterday after he departed Saturday's game in the first inning.

Around the NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks 1, Atlanta Braves 7 | AZ Snake Pit
The Diamondbacks have now lost 11 of their last 14 games. The Rockies have been in a funk, but they're still just one game behind the D-backs for the top Wild Card spot.

Dodgers finish off yet another sweep, this time of Marlins True Blue LA
The Dodgers might not lose a game ever again.