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Rockies news and links for August 2, 2018

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About that color-coded notebook Tyler Anderson uses in the Rockies dugout | The Athletic ($)
You may have noticed Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson taking notes in the dugout. As Nick Groke of The Athletic describes it, it’s a “color-coded, leather-bound repository of specific information.” Anderson says his notes are to help him learn from his mistakes. I’ve seen this sort of thing before from Boston Red Sox outfielder J.D. Martinez- and I’d say it seems to work well for him also. Rockies Manager Bud Black says this note-taking ability allows Anderson to be his own coach.

Colorado Rockies roundtable: Analysis of the trade deadline | Rox Pile
Rox Pile’s writers hold a roundtable of their thoughts on the trade deadline. There is a wide variety of opinions. The Rockies did not do a lot to help their club. The addition of reliever Seunghwan Oh is widely acclaimed, but the consensus seems to be that the moves made by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks put them in a much better position to improve in a tightly contested National League West race.

Bowden: Grading all 30 MLB teams on their deadline moves | The Athletic ($)
Jim Bowden of The Athletic gives grades to all 30 MLB teams on their deadline moves. The Rockies are given a D+, and Bowden writes that the Rockies’ lack of activity may result in the organization “watching their playoff dreams go away.” The Dodgers receive the highest grade with an A, while the San Francisco Giants get the worst grade of a D. The Giants also essentially stood pat at the deadline, which puts their organization in a precarious position, with an already thin farm system not getting any better.

Colorado Rockies: Why are fans hating on a possible Greg Holland move? | Rox Pile
Rox Pile’s Aaron Hurt posits why a minor league deal for Greg Holland would be a good move for the Rockies. Rarely are there bad minor league deals after all, as they are usually high-upside, low-risk moves.

Colorado Rockies: Making the case for signing Shawn Kelley | Rox Pile
Shawn Kelley, who was recently designated for assignment by the Washington Nationals, is another option for the Rockies’ bullpen, perhaps even on a Major League contract as opposed to a minors deal. With a 3.34 ERA, it’s curious to see a player like Kelley jettisoned, but the organization evidently did not approve of his theatrics when he appeared to be upset that he was put into a game in which the Nats were leading by 24 runs. Kelley does tend to struggle with the home run ball, having allowed 7 long balls in 32 1/3 innings, resulting in a 4.55 FIP that would point to expected regression.

Colorado Rockies injury news: DJ LeMahieu likely to return Thursday | Rox Pile
Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu took batting practice against left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin on Wednesday, and the team liked what they saw. LeMahieu is expected to be back In the Rockies’ lineup for this afternoon’s final game of the series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pioneer notes: Lavigne aces transition |
Grant Lavigne has been raking for the Grand Junction Rockies, collecting a .371/.458/.581 slash entering Wednesday’s action. Jake Opitz, Grand Junction’s manager, expressed some doubt about how a New Hampshire product would respond to seeing higher velocity pitches, but so far, so good for Lavigne.

Matt Holliday also started Wednesday evening’s game for Grand Junction against the Ogden Raptors, batting third as the designated hitter. While the team was blown out in a loss, Holliday produced a double, an RBI groundout, and reached base with a walk.

BSN Rockies Podcast: Much ado about the seventh inning | BSN Denver
In the latest episode of the BSN Rockies podcast, Drew Creasman discusses the events of the current series with the Cardinals, and offers his thoughts on players the Rockies could have looked at trading for.