6-17-15: On Tuesday, the last-place Rockies lost for the sixth time in seven tries. Carlos Gonzalez
hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning of the 8-5 loss. In addition, eight of the team’s
nine position players had hits, but Chris Rusin allowed seven runs in four innings pitched.
On the bright side, Charlie Blackmon stole his team-leading 15th base of the season in the
6-5-15: The Colorado Rockies are having a bad week with a couple of their top prospects which is never a good sign for either a struggling team or a contending team. First we learned last week that one of their top prospects David Dahl was in a collision on the field that caused the outfielder to undergo emergency surgery to repair his spleen and now Colorado is dealing with the lack of activity from 2014 draft pick Kyle Freeland. Freeland has yet to throw a single pitch this season after being shut down with shoulder fatigue and a surgery that cleaned up some bone chips in his throwing shoulder after being picked 8th overall in last year’s MLB First Year Player’s Draft. While the Rockies farm system has taken a bit of a hit injury wise this season the major league club has not worked out much better, especially after learning that RHP Jordan Lyles will miss the rest of the season with a toe injury. Lyles was acquired in the Dexter Fowler deal that has been a loss for Colorado on all fronts. Lyles will require his medial collateral ligament and capsule repaired in his toe after signing a $2.48 million deal before this season.
6-1-15: The Rockies put together a very strong week, as they lost just one game, and that one loss was by the score, 2-1. Ben Paulsen, who was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque in mid-May, hit home runs on Friday and Saturday. Nolan Arenado, who homered on Saturday and Sunday, slugged five home runs in his last seven games.
5-30-15: The Colorado Rockies are still discussing internally whether or not the team could and whether or not the team should trade away the face of their franchise and their starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The team would likely have to eat some of the six years and $113 million remaining on his deal to facilitate any deal but it may be the only way the team can compete and rebuild in the foreseeable future. For what it’s worth Tulowitzki has shown some health this season despite less than normal defensive numbers. Tulo would be traded for and acquired because of his offensive ability, not his defense, though and the right hander is slashing just .275/.291/.423 in his first 148 plate appearances this season. Another player the team will be without for an extended period of time is outfield prospect David Dahl who suffered serious injuries in a collision this week. Dahl underwent surgery on his spleen and also likely had a concussion and a broken rib making his well-being and his safety the first priority for Colorado’s top positional prospect in their rich farm system.
5-26-15: Troy Tulowitzki had an off day on Monday afternoon in Cincinnati and Carlos Gonzalez
sat due to flu-like symptoms, but the Rockies were able to break a 4-4 tie in the top of the
ninth inning with a Nolan Arenado sacrifice fly against Aroldis Chapman. With the
victory, Colorado has won three in a row, as it attempts to climb out of the cellar of the National League West.
5-12-15: The Rockies already have had three home postponements in May. Unfortunately, their play on the field was not very good when their games were not being postponed. With
Sunday’s 9-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Rockies dropped their ninth
consecutive game. Colorado scored five of the first seven runs of the game, but it was not enough in the loss.
5-5-15: Although the Rockies began the 2015 season on a strong note, they struggled mightily over the last week. After defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, Colorado dropped each of its last five contest and had its Monday game postponed due to rain. In addition, Rockies closer Adam Ottavino is likely to undergo Tommy John surgery.
4-29-15: Kyle Kendrick struggled on Tuesday in Arizona, as he gave up eight runs and 10 hits, two of which were home runs, and suffered his third loss of the season. Surprisingly, the Rockies’ offense scratched across only five runs. Every starter had a hit and the team went 7-of-17 with runners in scoring position.
4-21-15: After sweeping the Giants in San Francisco last week, the Rockies suffered a sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend and fell to the visiting San Diego Padres on Monday, 14-3. However, the team has a record one game above .500 with a road-heavy schedule thus far this season. Adam Ottavino, the team’s new closer, saved the Rockies’ final two wins against the Giants.
4-14-15: The Rockies were the last undefeated team in their division, but they then dropped consecutive games against the Chicago Cubs. Colorado bounced back to defeat the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Eddie Butler and four Rockies relievers combined to shut out the defending champions, as Colorado moved to 4-0 on the road this season.
4-7-15: On Monday, the Rockies kicked off the 2015 regular season with a tremendous team performance, as they beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-0. Nolan Arenado and Corey Dickerson each had a double and a two-run home run, and of the team’s 16 hits, eight went for extra bases. Kyle Kendrick threw seven scoreless innings and had six strikeouts in the win.
4-2-15: On Tuesday, the Rockies sent catcher Audry Perez to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash. The day before, Eddie Butler left his start against the Oakland Athletics with
right shoulder fatigue. This is not a good sign for the young pitcher who was hoping to
make the team’s rotation.
3-19-15: On Wednesday, manager Walt Weiss named Kyle Kendrick as Colorado’s Opening Day
starter. The 30-year-old starting pitcher gave up two runs in three innings on Sunday
against the Kansas City Royals. The same day, Daniel Descalso was scratched from the lineup due to a strained oblique and has remained out since.
3-3-15: Wilin Rosario, who requested $3.3 million, lost his arbitration case against the Rockies last week and will make $2.8 million in 2015. Rex Brothers, who struggled mightily in 2014, dropped 10 to 12 pounds since last year. Back in 2013, he posted a career-best 1.74 ERA and was a very strong reliever for Colorado.
2-17-15: The Rockies released their list of 24 non-roster invitees early last week. Many interesting
names headlined the list: starters Jair Jurrjens, Yohan Flande, Aaron Laffey and John Lannan as well as relievers John Axford and Rafael Betancourt. The pitcher and catcher invitees report on February 19 with full-squad workouts beginning on February 27 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
2-11-15: On Wednesday, the Rockies and right-handed pitcher Kyle Kendrick agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million deal. The former Philadelphia Phillies starter could make an additional $500,000 if he reaches 190 innings this upcoming season. The Rockies then signed outfielder Jeremy Barfield and utility man Josh Vitters to minor league deals.
10-1-14: Did you know the Rockies started the season 23-16? One would have no clue as the Rockies plunged into a 43-80 slide to finish the year with a 66-96 mark. They had the second-worst record in baseball. Colorado’s two stars Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki endured season-ending injuries. Considering that both of them have strong trade values, the Rockies' will have to seriously consider moving one or both of them in order to resuscitate the franchise.
9-30-14: The Colorado Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt has announced he would like to play in 2015 and the Rockies are interested in bringing him back. Betancourt will turn 40 years old this winter and will be a free agent at the end of the season after compiling a 3.08 ERA with 57 saves from 2009 to 2013. Betancourt spent the 2014 season rehabbing after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the Rockies minor league system. The Rockies may be in for a long offseason that may start off with changes in the front office. The team has been stuck in multiple losing seasons as of late and all the losing is starting to noticeably take its toll on both the players and the coaching staff. Many around the team and the league wonder if there is even a plan to right the ship or if the franchise is content with putting out a losing product year after year as long as they have big attendance draws in Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki. Colorado finished the 2014 season with a 66-96 record and will not be in the 2014 postseason.
9-25-14: Their four-game sweep of Arizona this past weekend gave the Rockies a three-game lead over Arizona for fourth place in the NL West. Avoiding a third straight last-place finish in the division would be a minor victory in what has been an awful season. Colorado top pitching prospect Eddie Butler went six innings and allowed just five hits and one earned run in his second big league start.
9-23-14: The Colorado Rockies announced this week that the club intends to stay right around their 2014 team salary of $94 million for the 2015 season. The problem with this is three players, Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, and Jorge De La Rosa, already account for $48.5 million of that $94 million in 2015. The Rockies are also in a Catch 22 situation with Tulowitzki and Gonzalez specifically as these two players have been injured so often recently the club is unlikely to find a trade partner for either player if they were made available this winter. With Colorado having over 51% of their payroll locked into three players already it all but a certainty that oft-injured starting pitcher Brett Anderson and his $12 million option for the 2015 season will be declined. Another Rockies player that is unlikely to come back is Michael Cuddyer, even at a reasonable salary around the $5 million per year mark. Cuddyer is a personal favorite of manager Walt Weiss and owner Dick Monfront but the financial restrains in Colorado may keep Cuddyer out of Coors Field in 2015. Colorado is likely to give prospects like Yohan Flande, Eddie Butler and others an extended look in these final two weeks of the season as the team looks for team friendly contracts in the rotation to join De La Rosa, Jordan Lyles, Tyler Matzek, and Jon Gray. Getting a few team friendly contracts on the books will be especially important this winter when the cash strapped Rockies have to give arbitration raises to Jhoulys Chacin, Drew Stubbs, Juan Nicasio, Rex Brothers, Tyler Chatwood, Wilin Rosario, and Adam Ottavino.
9-18-14: An 0-6 week that saw Colorado swept by the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals has the Rockies just two games behind the Texas Rangers in the standings for MLB’s worst record and the No. 1 overall pick. Their seven game losing streak was snapped Tuesday when they beat the Dodgers of all teams 10-4. Colorado is 20-34 since the All-Star break, but it hasn't been all bad. Left-hander Tyler Matzek looks like a keeper with five straight quality starts, and Nolan Arenado has come back strong from a fractured finger.
9-16-14: The Colorado Rockies are likely to end the Brett Anderson era in Colorado after the season. Colorado owns a team option on Anderson for the 2015 season worth $12 million but seem unlikely to commit that much of their salary to one player with such an injury history. This may work out for the best for Anderson as well who could sign a one year deal with another team to build value in a more pitchers friendly ballpark. The Rockies will likely need Anderson if the team looks to improve on their dismal 2014 season. Currently Colorado sports a NL worst 59-90 record and currently sits 26 games behind the first place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West division. The Rockies are going to have a tough go of it this winter as they try to lure pitchers to Coors Field which explains why the team was so willing to give Jorge De La Rosa a two year extension this month.
9-12-14: Colorado came through last week with a pair of series wins at home, topping the San Francisco Giants and Padres to move into a tie with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second-worst record in baseball. They’re now just a 0.5 game behind the D-Backs. Rookie lefty Tyler Matzek, who was taken with the No. 11 pick in the 2009 draft, delivered the pitching performance of the year with a complete game, three-hit shutout Friday of the Padres. So far this week, the Rockies have dropped two straight to the Mets.
9-9-14: The Colorado Rockies can add another star to the injured reserve list this season as top pitching prospect Jon Gray has been shut down for the remainder of the year with shoulder fatigue. Gray was sent for a precautionary MRI on the throwing shoulder and all tests came back negative which is encouraging for the Rockies organization and the future of their pitching prospect. Gray and fellow top prospect Eddie Butler are presumably in the running for the 2015 starting rotation and will be joined, at least for the next two seasons, by lefty Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa signed a two year extension with the Rockies worth $25 million and will earn 10 and 5 no trade protection as he has ten seasons of service time and at least five seasons with the Rockies.
9-4-14: The Rockies wrapped up a 10-18 month of August that saw them post an NL-worst minus-31 run
differential and go 3-13 on the road. Rookie starter Matt Belisle gave up four runs in a 12-7 loss
to the Giants Tuesday night. Colorado has used 15 different starting pitchers this season, with no
one standing out as a piece for the future. There is still a ton of work to do in Denver before the Rockies are competitive again.
9-2-14: The Colorado Rockies placed first baseman Justin Morneau on revocable waivers this week and the Milwaukee Brewers were awarded a waiver claim on the 33 year old. The two clubs could not come to an agreement to trade the first baseman to Milwaukee for the playoff push and Morneau was ultimately pulled back off waivers. Morneau is under a team friendly contract for 2015 worth $6.75 million and owns a mutual option for the 2016 season worth $9 million so an offseason trade may not be out of the realm of possibilities for the two clubs. The Rockies also had starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa claimed on waivers this week and ultimately pulled back the lefty. Reportedly the mystery team only claimed De La Rosa in an effort to block another unreported team from claiming and acquiring the southpaw.
8-27-14: To say it’s been an awful year for the Rockies is an understatement. However, a series win against the Marlins this past weekend and another strong showing from Nolan Arenado are certainly positive to take into next season. The Rockies did take the first game of a three game series versus the Giants on Tuesday by a score of 3-0. Michael Cuddyer landed on the DL on Sunday, which is his third trip this season. Cuddyer has played just 34 total games all year.
8-26-14: The Colorado Rockies have officially lost Carlos Gonzalez for the rest of the 2014 season as he underwent left knee surgery this week. This surgery makes his third operation this season and this knee surgery will keep Gonzalez out through some of Spring Training 2015. Another Rockies player that is injured is catcher Wilin Rosario who is dealing with a wrist injury in the latter part of the 2014 season. Rosario is arbitration eligible for the first time after this season and has not made a huge case for a big pay day with the bat slashing only .248/.289/.399 to date this season. One thing Rosario has going for him in arbitration is the lack of suitable catchers in this year’s free agent class as well as improved defense and pitch calling.
8-20-14: The Rockies had their first series win since July 25-27 against the Pittsburgh Pirates when they took three out of four from the Cincinnati Reds last week. They dropped Tuesday night’s game to the Royals and are still in contention for the No.1 overall pick next year. The Rockies have never drafted No. 1 overall.
8-19-14: The Colorado Rockies learned last week that they had lost their starting pitcher Brett Anderson to a back injury. This week Anderson underwent successful surgery to repair a disc in his lower back that will require at least five months of recovery time. The Rockies hold a $12 million club option on Anderson for the 2015 season and is unlikely to pick up the option after the surgery. Colorado lost two more stars for the rest of the season this week as well when Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez once again will end their seasons on the disabled list. Tulowitzki will require left hip surgery to repair a torn labrum that will end his 2014 season and Gonzalez has been battling tendinitis in his left knee. Gonzalez had knee surgery this week to repair his patellar tendon in his left knee and will end the season on the disabled list once again in 2014.
8-13-14: Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, and Michael Cuddyer are all currently on the disabled list. Starters Jhoulys Chacin, Brett Anderson and Tyler Chatwood are also on the DL. Those injuries right there has simply been too much for Colorado to overcome. They’re the worst team in NL and could end up with the worst record in baseball when all is set and done. They dropped games on Monday and Tuesday to the Padres.
8-12-14: The Colorado Rockies were forced to call up one of their top pitching prospects this week in Brooks Brown due to yet another injury by Brett Anderson. Anderson is on the disabled list with a lower back strain and outfielder Jason Pridie was designated for assignment to make room on the 40 man and 25 man roster. Anderson may be out for the remainder of the season with the back injury. Anderson is a big loss as when he was healthy he was more than effective with a 2.91 ERA in 43 innings this season. The Rockies own a $12 million team option on Anderson next season and reports state the team is conflicted on whether to pick up the option or not due to injury concerns.
8-6-14: Nolan Arenado homered for Colorado and Boone Logan took the 6-5 loss Tuesday night against the Cubs, who have dropped five straight. Rockies starter Brett Anderson allowed just one hit through three innings but left after one pitch in the fourth due to back spasms. The Rockies must like to play at home at Coors Field because they’re 2-18 in their last 20 road games.
8-5-14: The Colorado Rockies stood pat at the trading deadline as the only moves the Rockies made were trading Triple-A starter Chris Capuano to the Yankees for cash and acquiring relief pitcher Jair Jurrjens from the Cincinnati Reds. It was thought around the league that the likes of Jorge De La Rosa, Carlos Gonzalez, and Troy Tulowitzki may be traded as the team has the worst record in the National League and is only one game better than the Texas Rangers for the worst record in all of baseball. Colorado also fielded offers for their 40 year old closer LaTroy Hawkins and ultimately decided to hold onto him and try and resign him for the 2015 season. Hawkins is said to be a great mentor working with the younger pitchers in the Colorado organization.
7-30-14: The Colorado Rockies designated Jair Jurrjens for assignment last week and this week the right hander cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A. Troy Tulowitzki seems safe for another trading deadline as he was placed on the 15 day DL this week an injury joining fellow trade candidate Michael Cuddyer. Both players could conceivably be moved in August but both would have to clear waivers first, which seems unlikely for both, to be traded wherever the team and players preferred. The Rockies and Yankees did get together for a trade this week though as Colorado sent minor league pitcher Chris Capuano to New York for cash considerations. Capuano was a relief pitcher while with the Boston Red Sox but was being stretched out by Colorado in the minors as a starter and made four starts for their Triple-A affiliate going 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA.
7-28-14: The Rockies have had a streaky start to their post-All-Star break schedule. They dropped their first five games and placed Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Morneau on the disabled list. However, Colorado bounced back to beat the Washington Nationals on Wednesday behind a strong performance from Jorge De La Rosa. After trading Chris Capuano to the New York Yankees, the Rockies made it two straight victories on Friday by blowing out the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-1.
7-24-14: Nolan Arenado and Corey Dickerson both homered for the Rockies, but Colorado fell to Nationals Tuesday by a score of 7-4. The Rockies, who have lost seven straight games, remain tied with Texas for the worst record in the majors. Troy Tulowitzki was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip flexor strain before the game. Tulowitzki is the third Rockies’ player in two days to hit the DL. First baseman Justin Morneau and reliever Boone Logan were put on the DL on Monday.
7-21-14: The Colorado Rockies ended the week by designated Jair Jurrjens for assignment. Jurrjens was designated to make room for first basemen Ben Paulsen after Justin Morneau went on the disabled list with a stiff neck. Colorado sits in last place in the NL West and is only a game behind the Texas Rangers for the worst record in all of baseball with their 40-58 record this season. The Rockies struggles has led to speculation once again that Colorado may trade Troy Tulowitzki. Tulo himself has hinted at the possibility of replacing Derek Jeter, his childhood idol, in the Yankees infield as soon as next season. Colorado seems reluctant to trade Tulo but whether they are just saying the right things or actually mean it remains to be seen.
7-19-14: The middle of the Rockies’ order did not produce on Friday, as Colorado fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-2. Carlos Gonzalez went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in the loss, but Jorge De La Rosa looked strong in his six innings. He gave up just one run, four hits and three walks.
7-17-14: At one point this season, the Rockies were 22-14 and tied atop the NL West standings. They are 18-41 since, as their pitching staff has once again failed. Colorado’s 5.07 team ERA is the worst in the majors, and their starting rotation ERA of 5.33 is a big reason why. As for trade-deadline activity, veterans Jorge De La Rosa and LaTroy Hawkins could both be of interest to a contender.
7-15-14: The Colorado Rockies Troy Tulowitzki is the captain for the National League in the Home Run Derby this season and has chosen Yasiel Puig, Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Morneau, and Todd Frazier to join him in the derby this season. Speaking of Tulo the Rockies continue to show no interest in trading their star shortstop once again this season as it seems like Tulowitzki is linked to teams at every trading deadline. Tulo has expressed an interest in coming to New York to play with or replace his retiring idol Derek Jeter and the Yankees would definitely be interested in the right handed shortstop if he were made available by Colorado.
7-14-14: Although they are double-digit games below .500, the Rockies have looked very good recently. They are playing teams that are also low in the standings like the San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins, but they are still beating them. On Wednesday, Troy Tulowitzki hit his 19th and 20th home runs of 2014 as the Rockies took the series from the Padres. Then on Friday, Tulowitzki hit his 21st home run in the 6-2 victory over the Twins.
7-10-14: Franklin Morales pitched his longest outing since May and Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run homer, helping the Colorado Rockies power past the San Diego Padres 2-1 Tuesday night. Morales pitched into the sixth-inning and surrendered just four hits and one run before being removed for a reliever with two outs in the sixth. Colorado remains a whopping 12 ½ games back of Los Angeles in NL West play.
7-7-14: With their 9-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, the Rockies dropped their fifth consecutive game. They also dropped to a season-low 15 games below .500. However, help is on the way. Even though Colorado is on the verge of losing its sixth consecutive series, the organization activated Nolan Arenado from the disabled list on Thursday, and Carlos Gonzalez could be back before the All-Star break.
7-3-14: Stephen Strasburg and Jayson Werth were the main reasons why the Rockies fell to the Nationals 7-1 Tuesday night. Strasburg was electric in 7 2/3 innings of work. He struck out eight and walked only one while giving up just a single run. Colorado didn't get a runner past second until DJ LeMahieu's homer in the eighth. Rockies starter Christian Friedrich allowed five runs in 3 1/3 innings for Colorado, which has now lost 13 of their last 15.
7-2-14: The Colorado Rockies were internally discussing trading starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa and that may become a reality after De La Rosa announced he would be willing to re-sign with Colorado if he were traded. The Rockies are unlikely to fetch much for De La Rosa and his 4.78 ERA but he is left handed and that is enough by itself for some teams. With the Rockies falling far from grace in the NL West and finding themselves 10.5 games out of first place selling seems more and more likely. Colorado is 36-46 this season after a strong start to the season and will likely look towards 2015 rather than try and compete this year.
6-30-14: After starting the season playing very well, the Rockies and Home Run Derby captain Troy Tulowitzki have fallen on hard times. After losing the first two games of their series at Miller Park, they have won just one game in the second half of June. The offense and pitching have just not been in coordination the last few weeks.
6-26-14: It must have been Justin Morneau night in Denver. Morneau hit a three-run homer and drove in six runs as the Rockies beat the Cardinals 10-5 on Tuesday night to snap a seven-game losing streak. Morneau could be an All-Star selection this season, which would be special because it's in Minnesota where he began his career. Morneau is hitting .304 with 13 home runs this season. The Rockies finished with 17 hits Tuesday one night after managing just three when they were shut out at home for the first time in nearly a year.
6-24-14: The Colorado Rockies have slid in the National League West standings and were even no hit by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw. It would have been a perfect game had Hanley Ramirez handled a ground ball, not that this should make the Rockies feel better. The Rockies were once talking about the possibility of adding pieces at the trading deadline and now may become huge sellers. The problem for Colorado is they have expressed an interest in keeping Troy Tulowitzki in Colorado for his entire playing career, Michael Cuddyer is on the disabled list until August, and Jorge De La Rosa is battling with a stiff back and a string of inconsistent starts. The Rockies may be forced to trade outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to fill the gaps on the team.
6-18-14: Jhoulys Chacin, who dropped to 1-5 on the year, gave up three runs, seven hits and three walks in six innings of work as the Rockies fell to the Dodgers 4-2 Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Chacin was coming off a 10-3 victory against Atlanta in which he held the Braves to just two hits over seven scoreless innings of work. Colorado has now dropped two straight games and are nine games back of the Giants.
6-17-14: The Colorado Rockies new car smell has worn off as the team has recently lost nine of their last ten games and has been hit hard by the injury bug. Top prospect Eddie Butler was called up only to be placed on the 15 day DL after his first major league start. Carlos Gonzalez will not be on the field for Colorado for a while after an exploratory surgery on his left index finger that has bothered him all season and will be joined by outfielder Michael Cuddyer after fracturing the glenoid socket in his right shoulder. Cuddyer will be out for six to eight weeks and there is not a definite timetable for either Gonzalez or Butler but the Rockies will need a quick turnaround or they will find themselves as sellers once again at this year’s trading deadline. The Rockies also signed Brett Tomko to a minor league deal as he continues to attempt a comeback to the Major Leagues.
6-10-14: The Colorado Rockies are contending for a Wild Card berth this season but should consider moving starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin in a trade to make room for some of their young starters and not become buyers at this year’s trading deadline. The Rockies may contend this season but are not legitimate World Series contenders and should not give up their highly touted prospects for an early October elimination. Ken Rosenthal also wrote in an article outlining why it makes sense for the Rockies to trade away Carlos Gonzalez and his remaining $53 million in salary to make room for their tons of outfield depth in Colorado, namely Corey Dickerson, Charlie Blackmon, Kyle Parker, Brandon Barnes, and Drew Stubbs. The Rockies also selected Kyle Freeland with their first pick of the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft on Thursday, the local boy who was ecstatic to be joining the Rockies organization.
6-3-14: The Colorado Rockies got some good news on the injury front lately with outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and third basemen Nolan Arenando. Gonzalez left a game this week with a leg injury but was back in the lineup and the outfield this week after being listed as day to day. Arenando has a finger ligament injury that will not require surgery and likely end his season. Arenando still figures to miss around six weeks with the middle finger injury and the return of Arenando will determine Colorado’s strategy at the trading deadline. If Arenando comes back and the team is close to contention and the playoffs the Rockies will likely be buyers at the trade deadling. If the Rockies are out of contention then they will likely be sellers and could trade away Arenando, Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki, or the plethora of big young arms they have in the rotation and the bullpen.
5-28-14: The Colorado Rockies have a 41 year old closer in LaTroy Hawkins and he announced he has no plans to hang up the spikes after this season. If Hawkins finishes the season healthy he plans to pitch again in 2015. Whether or not he will do that pitching for Colorado or not remains to be seen but the club owns a $2.25 million option on the right hander for the 2015 season. Hawkins has put up a 4.11 ERA in 15.1 innings pitched this season but has only struck out 3.5 batters every nine innings. The Rockies offense took a couple of hits over the week as Troy Tulowitzki left a game with an apparent leg injury over the Memorial Day weekend and third basemen Nolan Arenando is out with a left mallet finger fracture that could keep him out as much as six weeks. The Rockies have called up Josh Rutledge to replace Arenando on the roster while the club decides whether Arenando will try and play through the injury or get the surgery now.
5-21-14: The Colorado Rockies are said to be ready and willing to make their top pitching prospects Jon Gray and Eddie Butler available in trades if they have to acquire starting pitching at the trading deadline this summer. It is unclear whether the Rockies feel either of these men are ready to simply be called up and provide depth or if they are better suited to bring in veteran pieces in trades. The Rockies also turned their third triple play in the franchise’s history on 5/18 with the help of an interference call against the San Diego Padres. The Rockies are in second place in the National League West division and have a 25-20 record through 45 games including a 4-6 record in their last 10 games.
5-15-14: The Colorado Rockies are surprising a lot of people around baseball with a 23-19 record after 42 games, which is good enough for second place in a strong National League West division. The Rockies have a dominant record at Coors Field with a 13-5 record but are under .500 on the road this season. Using MLB.com's stat POFF% the Rockies have the highest chance of making the playoffs with a 67.3 % chance of reaching October in 2014, even more than the San Francisco Giants team they are chasing in the division. It remains to be seen whether the Rockies hot start will translate into a playoff run with such a young team, especially in the starting rotation, but it should be a fun season to watch in Colorado.
5-7-14: The Colorado Rockies are shocking the National League West and the rest of the league by having a strong second place team after 30 games in 2014 and by staying healthy for the first month of the season. The Rockies finally see what they can accomplish with both Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki on the same field as Michael Cuddyer and the rest of the team. The Rockies got more good news with pitcher Tyler Chatwood after they found that a strained flexor will not end his season, although he will be out for six to eight weeks with the injury. Colorado has plugged Franklin Morales into the rotation and look to keep their winning ways going until Chatwood can get back healthy.
4-28-14: The Colorado Rockies have been one of the surprise teams not only in the National League West division but also in all of baseball after a few down seasons. The Rockies are fighting for a division title and for first place after just a month of the 2014 season and have enjoyed productive and healthy seasons to date from Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, and Michael Cuddyer. The Rockies are also looking to solidify the bullpen and brought Rafael Betancourt back on a minor league deal and have him working out in extended spring training while eyeing a return to the major leagues somewhere around June or July. Voting has opened up for the 2014 MLB All Star Game for this July so remember to vote your favorite San Colorado Rockies into the game.
4-14-14: It was quite the interesting weekend for the Colorado Rockies in San Francisco. They lost two-of-three by the bay, the first of which came after Jorge De La Rosa allowed a grand slam to opposing starter Madison Bumgarner, and the second after light-hitting shortstop Brandon Crawford crushed a walk-off home run into the water in right field. Colorado was able to take the middle game, however, despite starter Brett Anderson leaving the game with an injured finger.
4-7-14: Following an embarrassing season-opening series in which they were spanked in losing three-of-four to the Marlins, the Rockies bounced-back over the weekend by winning their series against the Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Outfielder Charlie Blackmon has been on an absolute tear offensively, hitting .542 with a homer and six runs batted in to start the year. His 6-for-6 effort in Friday’s win over Arizona put him into an exclusive club (along with Ty Cobb, Jimmie Foxx, Alfonso Soriano and Shawn Green): players all-time with six hits, five RBIs and four extra-base hits in a single game.
4-1-14: Losing to the Miami Marlins is always bad, but losing to the Marlins in a blowout is substantially worse. The Colorado Rockies were crushed 10-1 in Miami, with starter Jorge De La Rosa lasting just 4.1 innings after being knocked-around for five runs on four hits and a pair of walks. The lone offensive highlight for Colorado came in the 6th, when Carlos Gonzalez took Jose Fernandez deep with a solo home run. The Marlins had control throughout, paced by a combined six hits from Marcell Ozuna and Adeiny Hechavarria.
3-27-14: The Colorado Rockies started the final week of spring training by releasing pitcher Bobby Cassevah while he rehabs an injury. The Rockies also decided to pay the $100K retention fee to keep Nick Masset in the organization rather than risk losing him or guaranteeing him a Major League roster spot. Top prospects Eddie Butler and Jon Gray seem close and could be midseason additions to the club so if the Rockies can stay close to .500 all season long a Wild Card berth is not out of the question, especially with a healthy Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez on the field. It's not likely they will compete in the National League West this season but that's the beauty of Opening Day, everyone is in first place and everyone has a shot.
3-20-14: The Colorado Rockies got the news they have come all too accustomed to hearing unfortunately as All Star Troy Tulowitzki left a spring training game after being hit by a pitch in the lower leg, although X-Rays were negative thankfully for Rockies fans. Tulowitzki made his return to the Rockies lineup a few days later going 0-3 but just being there is encouraging. Colorado needs all the encouragement they can get as they are under .500 in the Cactus League this season and have gone 3-4 in their last week worth of games. The Rockies center field job is still up in the air as the spring competition has not come to a close yet but they know who their ace starting pitcher is as Jorge De La Rosa has been named the Rockies Opening Day starter.
3-13-14: The Colorado Rockies have been in the rebuilding and retooling mode for quite a few years now, is 2014 the year they finally put it all together? First and foremost the Rockies need Troy Tulowitski and Carlos Gonzalez on the field at the same time for most, if not all, of the 2014 season. So far both are healthy and look great this spring and the Rockies have a winning record to show for it in the Cactus League this year. Jorge De La Rosa has been named the team's Opening Day starter already and the team added first basemen Justin Morneau to what was already a pretty stacked lineup. The Rockies also added former New York Yankee Boone Logan to the bullpen and have a lot of pieces in place to make a run at a Wild Card in the very near future.
3-12-14: The five most expensive Rockies games in the regular season are: 1. April 4th vs Arizona, July 4th vs Los Angeles Dodgers, August 17th vs Cincinnati (with Todd Helton jersey retirement ceremony), July 3rd vs Los Angeles Dodgers, July 25th vs Pittsburgh Pirates. The cheapest game of the season comes April 9th vs the White Sox.
3-11-14: The Rockies overcame the Kansas City Royals 10-1 during Spring Training action on Sunday. Juan Nicasio contributed 4 scoreless innings during the match. Kyle Parker, who was a former Clemson quarterback, drove in a two-run double in the 7th, and a three run double in the 9th. The Rockies totalled 14 hits during the game.
3-5-14: Good news in Colorado as their All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has been reportedly way ahead of schedule after his appendicectomy and hernia surgery this past January. The Rockies will need him in the middle of their order if they have any hopes of contending for the division. In other news first baseman Justin Morneau has a stiff neck and has been listed as day-to-day but the organization is not worried about this at all as Morneau is a veteran and doesn't need a ton of spring training at bats to get ready for the regular season.
3-4-14: The Rockies top pitching prospect, Jon Gray impressed the staff with a two inning run during the team's game vs the Seattle Mariners on Monday. Despite the Rockies dropping the game 8-1, Gray held the Mariners to two hits, with no runs, and threw strikes in 24 of his 37 pitches.
1-7-14: The Colorado Rockies have had a busy and productive off-season so far. They acquired Boone Logan from the New York Yankees through free agency. Logan was very effective out of the Yankee bullpen for a couple of years and prove that he's more than just a lefty specialist. The Rockies also acquired Drew Stubbs from the Indians in exchange for Josh Altman. Stubbs has good speed and power especially a course field but he will likely be a utility man to start the season.
12-9-13: Last season the Colorado Rockies finished in last place with a record of 74–88. Despite their poor record they did finished third overall in the major leagues in team batting average. Last season acted as a farewell tour for a long time Colorado Rockies player Todd Helton who announced his retirement. Immediately this off-season the Rockies have addressed the replacement for Hilton and signed veteran first baseman Justin Morneau to a two-year deal worth roughly $13 million. Remains a slight advantage for the Rockies as they were able to post a winning record at home. The road is what led to the Rockies demise last season as they posted a road record of just 29–52. Last season Michael could Dyer had a career year batting .331 with 20 homeruns and 84 RBIs.
8/21/13 - Last night the Colorado Rockies were able to win on the road in Philadelphia behind Jorge De La Rosa. He pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up three hits three runs and struck out three batters. The Rockies ranked 11th overall in runs scored with 553. The Rockies are 15 games out of first place in the division and face the Miami Marlins over the weekend. The Rockies have struggled away from home and have a road record of 23 – 41.
8/6/13 - The Colorado Rockies continue to struggle in ninth place. This week they will visit New York and face the Mets. Carlos Gonzalez leads the team with 26 home runs.
7/19/13 - Third place belongs to the Colorado Rockies. At 46-50 they are 4.5 games behind the division leading Diamondbacks. As a team, the Rockies have scored 426 runs, that is good for 10th best in the majors. Michael Cuddyer has been a stand out offensively, batting .330 with 16 home runs and 55 RBIs. The Rockies also boast the 6th best team batting average at a clip of .265. After the break the Rockies will face the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field. The 9-5 Jorge De La Rosa will take the hill for game one on Friday.