There has been an announcement that several rule changes in the MLB will occur in the near future. A couple will be implemented this season. One of these changes will be the hard and fast trade deadline. This deadline will be July 31, which means no trading in August or September. The roster will go from 25 to 26, with the September roster going from 40 to 28. The pitching staff maximum will be 13 and 14, respectively. Other changes include an All-Star Game Election Day and a $1 million prize for the Home Run Derby winner.
More changes will come in 2020, when there will also be a three batter minimum for relief pitchers, preventing relievers from throwing to just one player. The removal of waivers is good news for the Rockies. Colorado’s not really one to make those August trades, but their division rivals, the Dodgers, are. This could make the late matchups between the two teams more interesting.
Despite Tyler Anderson’s 7.88 ERA in spring training, Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster has ultimate faith in the lefty. Anderson’s start got moved to give promising Peter Lambert a chance to play against the Royals. Still, both Foster and Bud Black are unconcerned with any kind of lackluster numbers put up in spring training. They view him as a professional who has the capacity to get the job done. In other Rockies news, Yency Almonte was optioned to Triple-A, Ryan McMahon was successful off the bench, and Jeff Hoffman is still working on finding his fastball.
Peter Lambert has impressed during spring training in the minors, so much so that he’s getting the start in Friday’s game against the Royals. The 21-year-old is the Rockies’ number 4 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. Pitching coach Steve Foster sees not only what he’s done, but what he might be capable of, given the chance. The rotation has seemed pretty well set, but the decision to move Tyler Anderson to the minor league game and Lambert to the Major League indicates Lambert might be cracking that tough nut. He’s a hard-working young man, and he has shown he has the capacity to play smart as well. We’ll see how he can perform Friday.
Nolan Arenado has been a Silver Slugger the last four years running, and for good reason. He started out strong, but he has also worked on developing and growing. A lot of this comes down to mechanics, like staying on his back leg and finding a way to be quicker. He worked on his own, but he also reached out to teammates and others for advice. He’s really just grown as a player, waiting and learning.
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The Rockies lost to Cleveland, with Jeff Hoffman having a tough day. Jake McGee also struggled, giving up a grand slam in the sixth. The good news comes in the form of Ryan McMahon, who continues to hit well, getting two of the Rockies four hits of the day.