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Rockies still fighting in 2019

Rockies news and links for September 17, 2019

Colorado Rockies: A look at some of the stats from their recent winning stretch | Rox Pile

The Rockies were looking dangerously close to a 100-loss season, but they pulled it together, going 5-1 last week. This was the best week they’d had since the start of June. A lot of this recent success has been to an increase in offensive production. Nolan Arenado went 8-for-16, Daniel Murphy hit .368, and the young players got some good hits as well. Pitching was still a little shaky, but Chi Chi Gonzalez, Antonio Senzatela, and Jairo Diaz had some good outings. The Rockies hope to carry on this good work into the series against the Mets.

Chad Bettis expects to be fully ready for 2020, with intent of returning to Rockies from hip surgery as an effective bullpen piece | Denver Post ($)

Chad Bettis had surgery on his hip back on August 29, and he’s already thinking ahead to the future. He’s shown he’s quite adept at overcoming adversity, after battling things from blisters to cancer. Bettis is ready to put in the work it will take to get back on the mound. He’ll likely take it a bit easier than normal in the offseason as he recovers, but he’s aiming to be ready to go by opening day 2020. Bettis found more success this year with playing reliever rather than starter. The shift in position somehow made him pitch faster. Following his recovery, his placement next year will depend on how he can perform in spring training. If there’s anything we know, it’s that Bettis will work hard on being the best player he can be for his team.