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How do you solve a problem like Jon Gray?

Rockies news and links for September 19, 2018

Colorado Rockies: Ready to move on from Jon Gray? | Rox Pile

The Rockies have placed a lot of emphasis on Jon Gray in the 2018 season. Bud Black has shown unfailing faith in him, and there have been many instances of him coming through. But then there have been times like Monday night’s 8-2 loss, where he completely falls apart. Despite pulling himself back together in a minor league stretch earlier this season, he still fights losing battles in important games. Given this tendency, it stands to reason that something needs to be done about him. He’s under team control until 2021, and this year he’ll be eligible for arbitration. He could potentially move to our bullpen, where his talents might work well for the Rockies. They could also attempt to trade him. This would be hard to see, as there is obvious potential there, but he might find more success elsewhere. It’s also entirely possible he gets another chance at a starting role, but some kind of adjustment needs to be made to set Jon Gray up for the success he is capable of.

Trevor Story to miss time with elbow inflammation | Mile High Sports

The Rockies and their fans held their collective breath as Trevor Story left Monday night’s game with an apparent elbow injury. While initial reports were not looking good, after an MRI, Story’s injury appears to be less major than feared. There was no structural damage to the ligament or the joint. This is lucky, as Story has been a huge offensive producer this year, and the Rockies would struggle without him. He’ll still be out for a bit, but we should see his return this season.

Colorado Rockies: They need a hero...and they need one right now | Rox Pile

The Rockies will undoubtedly miss Trevor Story in their lineup as he recovers from elbow soreness, so it’s time to see who can step up in his absence. They have any number of guys who have the potential, like the quiet but dominant DJ LeMahieu, Mr. Clutch Nolan Arenado, or young surprise Ryan McMahon. The Rockies have a wealth of depth to draw from, and anyone could be capable being a hero. Our pitching rotation has kept us in this thing, but now more than ever, the offense needs to deliver. It’s make or break it for the Rockies, and it won’t happen without some production from the offense.

Kiz vs. Saunders: What’s the bigger concern for the Rockies: Jon Gray or slumping bats? | Denver Post ($)

There are some major obstacles in the Rockies’ way in the race for the playoffs. Two of the biggest are the lackluster offense and inconsistent starting pitchers. Mark Kiszla and Patrick Saunders at the Denver Post debate which has the bigger impact and what it will take to get to Rocktober.