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Rockies news and links for September 12, 2017

Lunch Special: Would the Rockies consider starting Chris Rusin in a must-win game? | The Denver Post
Patrick Saunders answered some reader questions yesterday. The titular question is compelling. Saunders doesn't think Rusin is right to start a possible Wild Card game, and I agree. He should be used in a Wild Card game if the Rockies find themselves in need of more than two pitchers before the eighth inning.

Right now, I’d start Germán Márqez and have Jon Gray ready to go right behind him. Right behind them, however, I’d have Rusin enter next. A lot of this depends on context—pitch count and inning and matchups—but I’d really trust those three to get the Rockies through seven innings before turning it over to the short relievers.

Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez rediscovers his swing | MLB.com
Apparently, Carlos González has spent most of the season swinging the bat with the handle of his bat in his palms. Apparently, that's been the reason for his season through August. Apparently, he stopped doing it recently and has started to hit. If that's all true, it doesn't reflect very well on hitting coach Duane Espy. A little more evidence of the old CarGo would also be most welcome.

The Colorado Rockies are heating up at just the right time | Mile High Sports
Mile High Sports spoke with Minnesota Twins scout Ed Henderson about the Rockies and their path to the postseason.

The Rockies Swept the Dodgers | FanGraphs Baseball
Indeed they did. And it might have saved the season.

Colorado Rockies use ‘relaxed intensity’ to sweep reeling Dodgers | Purple Row
Whatever ailed the Rockies during that awful nine-game home stand (it was terrible at bats) seems to have gone away. Bryan Kilpatrick worked overtime in Los Angeles and got some great insight about where the Rockies are right now, post funk.