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Rockies outfielder David Dahl officially out for the season

Rockies news and links for Monday, September 5, 2017.

Rockies’ David Dahl says his lost 2017 season fires him up for 2018 | The Denver Post

While it comes as no surprise, it’s now official. David Dahl isn't playing baseball again this season. The young Rockies outfielder isn't expected to pick up a bat until December after aggravating his back around the area where he had a stress reaction in his rib during spring training. It's unfortunate, especially considering Dahl's injury history, that this injury continues to linger, but now that he's not trying to make it back onto the field it will give the injury time to heal properly.

Rockies turn page following sweep by D-backs |

After being swept by the team they're chasing, the Rockies should be frustrated. And they are, but they're trying to put it behind them and focus on the upcoming Giants series. The Rockies haven't been able to convert on scoring opportunities, going only 2-for-30 with runners in scoring position in three games against the Diamondbacks.

The lack of success seems to be weighing on the Rockies and their performance of late. Since June 20, the Rockies have the second-fewest wins in the majors behind the Chicago White Sox, and some of that is surely coming from the pressure of a playoff race. Baseball is a tricky game when it comes to emotions; excitement, elation, frustration and disappointment can all be felt in a single game but can get in the way of the focus that's needed to succeed at the sport. As observers, we can see the frustration mounting. I want to see the Rockies actually "turn the page" and show us they're truly able to put the frustration behind them.

Greg Holland aims to get slider back to peak form | Sports on Earth

Greg Holland isn't shying away from his struggles over the past month. The Rockies closer was virtually unhittable until August and gave up four home runs over an eight-game span, two more than he did until that point, most of which are coming off of his slider. This article has two good heat-maps that show Holland's placement of that pitch, one before August 6 and one after. As observers, we can Monday-morning quarterback all we want, but pitching comes down to feel and timing. Even a minute change can make a dominant pitch more hittable. It's a constant adjustment game and Holland will need to continue to adjust to become a dominant force again if the Rockies want to make the playoffs.