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2018 has been marked by poor play at home for the Rockies

Rockies news and links for July 12, 2018

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The Rockies’ poor play at Coors Field smothers their postseason ambitions | Mile High Sports
Despite a big win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at home on Wednesday evening, the Colorado Rockies have not played their best baseball at Coors Field in 2018. Prior to Wednesday’s win, the team’s .439 home winning percentage ranked fourth-worst in the National League. Even in an average season for the franchise, the team typically has a .561 winning percentage at home. If they were putting together an average season at home, their overall 2018 record would be 51-40, good enough for first place in the NL West.

Colorado Rockies rumors: Rockies will not sell unless they collapse soon | Rox Pile
Reports suggest that the Rockies will not be selling barring a “complete collapse before the trade deadline.” This, of course, does not stray from the team’s historical course. Interestingly, the Boston Red Sox have already checked in on Rockies’ relievers Adam Ottavino and Wade Davis. If the Rox were to be sellers, this might be one of the few opportunities to unload the contract of Davis, so I would be very open-minded if I were General Manager Jeff Bridich.

Colorado Rockies trade talk: Which All-Stars could join the Rockies? | Rox Pile
If the team elects to be buyers, the All-Star Game could represent an opportunity to watch some future Rockies. Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets has been pitching some excellent baseball to say the least, and lowered his miniscule ERA to 1.68 after tossing eight shutout innings on Wednesday evening. Wilson Ramos of the Tampa Bay Rays will be the starting catcher for the American League. The catching field from the AL is not very deep, but Ramos has clearly been the most productive offensive player, producing a 127 wRC+ in 2018. Finally, Blake Treinen of the Oakland Athletics has an 0.98 ERA and 3.59 WPA (Win Probability Added), both tops among all relievers in baseball. Despite a 52-41 record, the A’s face an uphill climb towards the postseason, as the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Seattle Mariners all seem in excellent shape, and two will need to settle for Wild Card spots.

BSN Rockies Podcast: All-Star selections and snubs | BSN Denver
In the latest episode of the BSN Rockies podcast, Drew Creasman discusses the snubs of Rockies’ pitchers Kyle Freeland and Adam Ottavino from the All-Star Game, and who is more deserving.

Why exactly was Jon Gray sent to Triple-A? The answer is simple, but the fix is complicated | The Athletic ($)
Nick Groke of The Athletic goes in-depth into Jon Gray’s descent into “minor-league purgatory.” Groke acknowledges Gray’s excellent peripherals (an xFIP right up there with the game’s elite hurlers), while also pointing out his problems throwing the ball middle-middle to opposing hitters. Gray is also seeing a noticeable decline in strikeout to walk ratio with situations of increasing leverage.

Colorado Rockies: Who could start on Friday night? | Rox Pile
The Rockies will no longer face the luxury of pitching with four starters when Friday rolls around. Possibilities include a return to the big leagues for Gray, a reinstatement from the Disabled List for Chad Bettis, or a spot start for Yency Almonte or Jeff Hoffman. Aaron Hurt of Rox Pile also suggests sticking with the four-man rotation with the benefit of the All-Star break, and the two off-days following.

Colorado Rockies: Revisiting the Chris Iannetta signing | Rox Pile
Olivia Greene revisits the winter’s signing of catcher Chris Iannetta to a two-year deal, with a club option for 2020.

Colorado Rockies injury news: David Dahl on track for quick return? | Rox Pile
David Dahl is progressing nicely from a foot injury, and expects to be back around the All-Star break.