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Rockies experimenting with first base defense

Rockies news and links for May 4, 2019

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Behind Daniel Murphy’s wide-eyed idea, the Rockies are ranging into new defensive territory at first base | The Athletic ($)
The Colorado Rockies are trying to do things a little differently with regards to their first base defense, Nick Groke of The Athletic writes. Groke talked to Daniel Murphy, who is trying to play further away from the first base bag in order to mess with a hitter’s mentality. Ryan McMahon buys into the idea, nothing that the data supports what they are seeking to accomplish. Third base coach Stu Cole also said he has seen things work well with this approach.

Colorado Rockies: Three things we might have gotten wrong | Rox Pile
Kevin Henry of Rox Pile discusses three surprising outcomes from the Rockies through the first month of the 2019 season. First, there’s Tyler Anderson, who has had a very disappointing start to the season. On the other side of the equation, Tony Wolters has been performing better than anyone could have hoped for offensively. And finally, there’s Raimel Tapia, who is finally getting a generally adequate amount of playing time and having success.

Report Card: Rockies’ marks through the season’s first month | Mile High Sports
Luke Zahlmann of Mile High Sports hands out grades for the Rockies’ lineup, rotation and bullpen. Perhaps surprisingly, the relief pitching earns the highest marks, while the starting five get the worst score.

On the Farm

Brandon Gold pitched five scoreless innings and Arvicent Perez collected three hits for the Yard Goats and they squeaked by with a 4-3 victory over New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Peter Lambert (No. 2 PuRP) continued to struggle in Triple-A, allowing five runs in five innings for the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Triple-A: Tacoma Rainiers 6, Albuquerque Isotopes 3 | box score

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats 4, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3 | box score

Class A Advanced: Lancaster JetHawks 10, Lake Elsinore Storm 5 | box score

Class A: Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Asheville Tourists 5 | box score