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Has Tapia earned his place as the leadoff man?

Colorado Rockies news and links for Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2020

Notes: Tapia ‘locked in’ at leadoff |

Raimel Tapia started off the season slowly, but has made drastic improvements this year versus last year. It seemed like he was either hot or ice cold, there was no in between. Bud Black has praised Tapia for making some mental adjustments and changing his approach.

He made a few adjustments, like adding a toe tap, during spring training that negatively impacted his mindset at the plate. After returning to using the leg kick, he seems to have found his groove.

“I was doing my toe tap but staying back, or doing my toe tap then being way out front with my weight, so the leg kick helped me get that balance,” Tapia said. “And facing the pitcher allowed me to relax a lot more.”

Another topic mentioned in this article is the Nolan Arenado and Josh Fuentes relationship. They are cousins, in case you haven’t heard that mentioned a dozen times already. They also grew up in California, so I’m sure they really missed having their family attend the games in Los Angeles. I’m sure seeing both of them succeed on Saturday made for a fun family watch party, though.

Colorado Rockies: This should be the lineup for the rest of 2020 | Rox Pile

Kevin Henry argues that lineup for the remaining games this season should be:

Raimel Tapia — LF
Trevor Story — SS
Nolan Arenado — 3B
Charlie Blackmon — DH
Kevin Pillar — CF
Josh Fuentes — 1B
Sam Hilliard — RF
Garrett Hampson — 2B
Tony Wolters — C

If you want to play manager, Renee Dechert gave you the opportunity late last week. Feel free to play along and set your own lineup now that we know who is who on the roster. But, I don’t disagree with Kevin.

Tanking in MLB? A (playful) case for Dodgers to intentionally lose vs. Rockies to set up playoff matchup | CBS Sports

Intentionally losing a baseball game... what an odd take. I know this is meant to be playful and lighthearted, but I can’t comprehend this ever happening.

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And I’ll scream it from the rooftops: Josh Fuentes is good.

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