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Rockies news and links for August 17, 2018

Breaking down game-changing tools in NL West | MLB.com

The NL West is in the middle of tight race for the division title. Every game, pitch, play, and at-bat is crucial and can make or break a teams chance to win. Whether it is a monster throw from Yasiel Puig to tag out a runner, or pitching a gem of a game from Zack Greinke, these tools and the players that hone them are making the NL West one of most competitive divisions in all of baseball.

The Rockies have a weapon of their own in Nolan Arenado. From his defense to his power, Arenado is a tool bench of a player. Although, he is known more for his defense, Arenado is making a huge impact with his bat. That may not be a surprise to Rockies fans who have seen him come up huge in clutch spots year after year. So far this season, Arenado has given the Rockies a lead 11 time because of his home runs.

Colorado Rockies: Comparing 2017 and 2018 at the third quarter | Rox Pile

We’re in the final quarter of the 2018 season. Given that they made it to the playoffs last year, it can be worthwhile to compare where we are now with where we were then. The numbers are relatively similar. We’ve lost a few more games at Coors Field this year, but the record is pretty close. Run differential is the most significant difference, which is really not surprising given the offensive hardships this year. The Rockies have had some luck, getting hits late in the game, as well as pitching well. It’s going to be an exciting six weeks as we get to the end of the season, and if the Rockies can find success at home as well as get some offense together, they just might find a way back to Rocktober.

Rockies’ top prospect Brendan Rodgers remains intent on proving he’s “ready and deserving” for potential September call-up | Denver Post ($)

Brendan Rodgers has had a minor setback as he tweaked his hamstring while playing in Albuquerque, but the prospect is already looking forward to getting back to the field. He has continued to prove himself as the season goes on, and he might make his goal of playing in the majors by the end of 2018. Confidence has been key for him, and he’s been able to gain crucial experience playing in the minors. He’s not cocky, just doing his best to show everyone what he can do.

The baseball world remembered and honored Aretha Franklin after her death | SB Nation

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, passed away Thursday morning at the age of 76. She was important in many ways, some of which occurred in the world of sports. Several teams paused Thursday to pay their respects to the icon, including the Yankees and the Detroit Tigers, as well as several individual players who had fond memories with Aretha Franklin. She was an incredible part of American culture, and she will be missed.