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Colorado Rockies battling for final wild card spot

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Rockies news and links for Friday, September 8, 2017.

Will Colorado hold on to second NL Wild Card spot? | FOX Sports

The all-video FOX Sports discusses the Rockies and if they can hold off the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals. Both Dontrelle WIllis and Nick Swisher think that the Rockies have time on their side, but it will come down to who can get hot. If the Rockies can end this road trip with a Wild Card lead, they'll be well in line to make it to the playoff against the Diamondbacks. In reality, the second Wild Card is up for grabs and the Rockies have a two game lead, somehow. Fortunately, the Cardinals

Kiszla: For $70 million, all reeling Rockies have gotten from Ian Desmond is whole lot of nothing | The Denver Post

Two Kiszla articles in two days! And again, he makes some very compelling points about the struggles of Ian Desmond. The Rockies first baseman/outfielder/shortstop has struggled to perform up to his contract and to stay on the field. Kiszla's point isn't necessarily about the struggles - it's extremely difficult to get into a rhythm when you spend so much time on the disabled list - it's that Desmond's contract makes the struggles that much more glaring. For a team like the Rockies, who have spent bigger than they have over the last two years since the Hampton/Neagle fiasco, aren't seeing the returns they expected from Desmond. But, as Bud Black says in the article, there are plenty of September games for Desmond to make an impact.

Tom Murphy still sees improvement despite tough 2017 | Rox Pile

The Rockies young catcher is looking for positives in a year where he struggled with performance and injury. Murphy posted a solid .255/.312/.426 slash line in Triple-A Albuquerque this year, but his defense showed much improvement. Murphy threw out 14 of 35 potential base stealers for a 40 percent clip, an above-average rate and something the Rockies have been missing this year.

Nolan Arenado seeking answers for recent funk | MLB.com

As I started writing this up, Nolan hit a homer off Clayton Kershaw. My work here is done.