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Rockies news and links for Sunday, April 7, 2019

Why Justin Turner and the Dodgers still have the Rockies’ number | Denver Post ($)

If you didn’t know it already, let me tell you—the Dodgers are pretty good. They’ve been good for many years now and they’re starting this season as hot as ever. They are 6-2 so far, and have hit 21 home runs as a team entering Saturday (as of this writing, Alex Verdugo added one more in the 7th inning of last night’s game). Like Sean Keeler says, the Rockies are running into a very good team on a hot streak, and it has been painful.

In comparison, the Rockies have hit five home runs as a team entering play yesterday (David Dahl added one more in the 4th inning), which isn’t even as much as Cody Bellinger has by himself (6). The Dodgers are shrugging it off as hot bats, and they’re expecting the Rockies to be battling with them for NL West dominance all season. The Rockies would be wise to have the same mindset, but they’ll be happy to see L.A. leave Denver soon.

Takeaways from Rockies home opening loss to red-hot Dodgers | Mile High Sports

The Opening Day loss was tough to watch for multiple reasons, and the final score of 10-6 made it look closer than it really was all day. The pitching was not good and the offense was mediocre throughout (minus a couple of late game home runs), but at least it was a beautiful day. Aniello Piro wrote some of his biggest takeaways from the game, and I won’t lie, they’re all negative. Like they say, though, if the shoe fits...

What about you all? Any positive takeaways from Opening Day we can brainstorm together? Let’s get optimistic up in here.

Rockies, Raimel Tapia nearing crossroads | Rocky Mountain Baseball

He’s baaaaaaack. Bryan Kilpatrick, in his debut article for his new website, Rocky Mountain Baseball, writes about the Rockies struggles at the plate and the player he calls the “poster boy” of those batting snafus—Raimel Tapia.

Bryan goes into great detail and specifics in his article, and there’s a lot to unpack, but it appears as though Tapia is putting a lot of pressure on himself to succeed in what can be considered his “last stand” to prove himself with the Rockies. Give it a read and be sure to watch out for more great content from Rocky Mountain Baseball.

Marquez has mind on family as deal announced | MLB.com

We’ve known about it since Tuesday, but German Márquez’s contract extension was officially announced by the Rockies yesterday and a press conference was held to discuss the new deal. Thomas Harding was there to cover the proceedings and wrote about German’s desire to take care of his family first and foremost being the biggest influence in the young flamethrower’s decision to extend.

Rockies credit fan turnout for increased payroll | MLB.com

We did it, Rockies fans! As Thomas Harding reports, Dick Monfort is crediting last season’s fan attendance (the highest it has been since 2001) as a primary reason he was comfortable raising the team’s payroll to the highest it has ever been—$147,433,009. With rumors that Trevor Story and Kyle Freeland are Monfort’s next targets to lock up with extensions, we better start planning on making it to 20th and Blake as often as possible this year!

On the farm

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes 3, Salt Lake Bees 2 | MiLB.com

Roberto Ramos (no. 26 PuRP) continued his hot start to the year by homering in his third straight game to lead the ‘Topes to victory. In a perfectly reasonable sample size of three games, Ramos is slashing .500/.583/1.500 and seeing the ball very well against the most advanced pitching he has seen yet.

Additionally, in a bid to regain a spot in the major league rotation, Antonio Senzatela was sharp and pitched five innings of two run ball. He gave up seven hits, one walk, and struck out three Bees. If Chad Bettis and Tyler Anderson continue to struggle, Antonio could get called up much sooner than we all expected.

Double-A Game 1: Richmond Flying Squirrels 2, Hartford Yard Goats 1 | MiLB.com

Double-A Game 2: Richmond Flying Squirrels 3, Hartford Yard Goats 0 | MiLB.co

High-A: Modesto Nuts 3, Lancaster JetHawks 2 | MiLB.com

Casey Golden homered in the top of the ninth inning to send the game to extra innings, but the JetHawks couldn’t hold on as the Nuts toppled them in 10 innings. Ryan Vilade (no. 9 PuRP) went 3-for-4 with a double, and Tommy Doyle (no. 27 PuRP) took the loss (despite a clean inning) thanks to the new extra innings rule that places a runner at 2nd at the beginning of each additional inning. Better luck next time, Tommy!

Low-A: Asheville Tourists 6, Augusta GreenJackets 3 | MiLB.com

The biggest news out of Asheville’s victory is that Grant Lavigne (no. 6 PuRP) was removed from the game in the 2nd inning after an injury delay. Without any more specific details, all I can do at this point is hope the Asheville staff were being very precautionary over nothing!