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How the Rockies stand a quarter of the way through 2018

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Rockies news and links for May 18, 2018

Here’s how Rockies stack up at quarter mark | Rockies.com

As it stands now, the NL West is kind of up for grabs. The Diamondbacks lead, but the margins between all the teams are relatively small. Arizona is slumping, and they are starting to suffer some significant injuries. They’ve lost seven of their last eight games, but they are heading home, and that could mean good things for them. The Dodgers lost Clayton Kershaw to injury, and although Justin Turner is back, he’s somewhat doubtful after a broken wrist. They’re not looking too hot right now. The Giants have some good depth this year, and they’re sitting pretty comfortably right at .500. The Padres have some potential, especially with Eric Hosmer, but they have plenty of room to grow. And then there’s the Rockies. Pitching has been the saving grace, with offense failing to produce. This is where we need to see improvement, and if we can hit that stride, we might take the lead in the division.

Colorado Rockies Window Shopping Part 1: A first base bat | Rox Pile

The biggest question for the Rockies is, and has been first base. Christian Espinoza at Rox Pile window shops some options for the Rockies to fill that void. Ian Desmond’s numbers are dismal beyond belief, and there are so many alternatives the Rockies could look at. Who knows what they’ll be willing to do, but this article outlines some potential first basemen that would be an upgrade for Colorado.

Rockies get encouraging news on LeMahieu | Rockies.com

DJ LeMahieu has been diagnosed with a small fracture and sprain in his thumb, which is good news for the Rockies, as this means he will not require surgery. It’s turned into a waiting game, seeing how the thumb will heal and how LeMahieu can handle it. Daniel Castro and Pat Valaika have been keeping his spot warm, but I’m ready to see LeMahieu healthy and back at second base.

The Rockies Have a Historic Void | Fangraphs

What got the Rockies to the postseason last year was almost certainly their pitching. So far this year, they seem to be following a similar trend. In a season start sorely lacking in offense, we’re hanging in there thanks to the solid bullpen. We’re not watching the Blake Street Bombers anymore, instead counting on our arms.

Around the NL West

Losing Pollock Isn’t the D-backs’ Only Problem

The NL West has been an injury-plagued division so far this year, and now the leaders, the Diamondbacks, are falling prey as well. A.J. Pollock has fractured his thumb, and their offense is having a hard time in the past couple games. Pollock was on his way to be a star for Arizona, but this injury is a significant setback. The loss of Pollock follows injuries to Steven Souza Jr. and Jake Lamb. Add to this that Paul Goldschmidt is in a serious slump, and the Diamondbacks find themselves in some trouble. Maybe the Rockies can make up some ground in the division with the D-Backs facing some problems.