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Our guest Kevin Larson shares his thoughts on the Rockies’ selection of Bill Schmidt as the team’s fourth general manager in franchise history and why they did not look outside the organization. We discuss the free agent market for Trevor Story and Jon Gray while considering the impact of contracts given to Antonio Senzatela and C.J. Cron. Plus, Kevin discusses…

Colorado Rockies general manager Bill Schmidt hasn’t pulled any punches this offseason so far. Even as postseason baseball rages into its second week, he may not soon after the final out is recorded in the 2021 World Series. Schmidt extended RHP Antonio Senzatela to a five-year contract worth $50 million and re-signed C.J. Cron to a two-year, $14.5 million deal...

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On Saturday, the Colorado Rockies squared aware a deal for a their permanent general manager and now they’ve locked up two more players all before the offseason has truly begun.  According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, RHP Antonio Senzatela and the Rockies have agreed to a five-year deal worth $50.5 million that includes a sixth-year club option at $14 million to...

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When Dodgers’ Will Smith swung through an 0-2 knuckle curve from Cubs’ Craig Kimbrel to finish a combined no-hitter on June 25, few expected it would somehow be the beginning of the end for the North Siders.  Tied for first in the NL Central with the Milwaukee Brewers and nine-games over .500 at the end of that memorable day, Chicago...

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Major League debut. First big league hit. First home run.  For many players, it’s the moment they’ve been envisioning their entire life. It’s what makes all the youth tournaments, minor league bus rides, all those days playing through soreness and time spent away from family worth the grind of being a professional baseball player. “When you look at a players...

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The Colorado Rockies entered the week having not yet won a game on the road and exited it with a pair of wins. The rest of the time, they continued to look overmatched and outclassed while playing away from their friendly confines. A young and inexperienced team continued to look young and inexperienced and other than a few standout individual...

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After an incredibly frustrating extra-inning loss in the series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Colorado Rockies absolutely dominated the visitors in the second game. Behind a phenomenal performance from their starting pitcher and more offense from the non-stars of the team, the home club emerged with easily their most dominant and complete win of the season. Player of the...

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After a week of Spring Training games, the picture is beginning to develop for the Colorado Rockies. We know the results from those contests should be taken with a grain of salt. The highs and lows must be viewed with an err on the side of caution. (Insert any other idiom you can think about for this time of the year.) Suffice to say, the details are still blurry.  If there are any indications by Colorado’s 4-2-1 record, it should be that these are nothing more than exhibition games, as indicated by the tie. Considering an inning can come to an abrupt conclusion with the bases loaded and only one out, we have to get used to the reminders that…

The 2021 National League West Champions, San Diego Padres. At least its not the Dodgers again, right? Following the acquisition of two front line starters and an international free agent, the Friars are not planning to contend for a Wild Card, nor do they just want to win the division. They want to be the best in the sport. And they may have just done it. Last week, GM A.J. Preller swung deals to acquire 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays and 2020 NL Cy Young Award runner-up Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs, all while keeping the core of their top prospects intact.  In picking up Korean Baseball Organization star Ha-seong Kim,…

It may have been a far cry from the franchise-record 96 wins prescribed before the season, but the Colorado Rockies had their share of highlights during a 26-34 (.433) campaign. While it would have taken just three more wins to get Colorado into the postseason, many felt the disappointing performances outnumbered the positive ones in the pursuit of the club’s first National League West pennant. And though it may seem that there are even more questions about the team than before the season began, several players rose to the challenge of an abbreviated schedule and made a mark on the organization during this weird and wild 2020 MLB Season. Since the Baseball Writers’ Association of America won’t be giving any…

There’s a new leader in the clubhouse for best starting pitcher on the Colorado Rockies. After lowering his earned run average to 2.10 at Coors Field during the 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Antonio Senzatela staked his claim for a spot as the 2021 Opening Day starter. Minus two base on balls in the seventh inning that expedited his exit, the 25-year-old was en route to becoming the first purple pitcher to notch consecutive complete games at home. It was typical Antonio: ground balls (9 out of 10 outs) and the timely double play. Offensively, Trevor Story extended his hitting streak to 12 games, longest active in MLB, and Kevin Pillar did the same with his single in…

Coming into 2020, Antonio Senzatela was the most pivotal pitcher for the franchise if the Colorado Rockies were going to contend for a place in the postseason. While the rest of the club has had varying success to the tune of 18-23 in starts by the remainder of the rotation, Senzatela has delivered on that make-or-break season. The 25-year-old grew stronger as the game continued on Wednesday in Colorado’s 3-1 victory, his second excellent performance of the year against the AL West leading Oakland Athletics. He threw a season-high 109 pitches and got enough support from his defense, namely Garrett Hampson, that he was able to extend his start to the full nine. It’s quite fitting for Senzatela to share…

It wasn’t a blowout like the night prior or a walk-off heartbreaker as in the series’ opener, but it was a loss, nonetheless. The competitive contest, 5-3, still featured 12 strikeouts for San Diego pitching for the third consecutive game. In a scene similar to Tuesday night’s loss, Colorado got a solo homer in the first – Trevor Story’s 10th of the season – before San Diego did one better with a two-run blast in the bottom of the frame by Mitch Moreland, his first in brown pinstripes. Rockies’ starter Antonio Senzatela looked solid through the middle innings of his night, excluding a bases loaded jam in the second brought on by a hit batter and two base on balls.…

It began to feel like the Rockies were never going to beat the Dodgers ever again. Not in 2020 and maybe never again. Then, Kevin Pillar mashed a two-out grand slam in the top of the eighth to flip the lead and gave Colorado a 6-5 advantage. Mere minutes later, the realities of the final six outs began to soften the excitement. By the time Carlos Estévez induced a fly ball from Chris Taylor for the first out, Los Angeles had a three-run lead thanks to a home runs by AJ Pollock and Joc Pederson. Jeff Hoffman didn’t fare much better as a two-run dinger by Mookie Betts gave the Dodgers even more wiggle room, 10-6. Obscured by the final…

When it comes to playing the Padres at Coors Field the last few seasons, there’s one Rockies starting pitcher that you don’t have to worry about. Unfortunately, without a complete game from Antonio Senzatela and his career 2.70 ERA against San Diego, the bullpen could not handle the final six outs. But before Rockies fans pulled out the final strand of hair from atop their collective head, a ninth-inning rally punctuated by a pinch-hit single from Daniel Murphy gave Colorado the first walk-off winner of the season in a 4-3 victory. Senzatela was the unequivocal difference for much of the game as seven scoreless innings paced the purple to down the brown in the early going before Carlos Estévez coughed…

Sunday is typically a day of rest. For fans of the Rockies who noticed Nolan Arenado missing from the starting lineup, they probably understood the rationale for the day off. Unfortunately, the final score reflected a team that also took a respite in the Dodgers 11-3 victory that sealed a three-game sweep and continued the Rockies losing streak to seven games. Anyone in purple who watched this matchup of NL West rivals may need another day of rest. In the early going, Colorado exchanged punches with Los Angeles each time the home side scored a run. Corey Seager homered in the first off starter Antonio Senzatela, who looked to extend upon his recent scoreless outing against Houston five days prior.…

In the first extra-inning affair of the season, impressive performances from two of the lesser recognized Rockies were wiped away as the Astros came away victorious, 2-1. Myles Straw delivered the final blow for the walk-off winner in the 11th against Jairo Díaz, who was placed in the no-win situation. With the likes of such pitching luminaries as Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Masahiro Tanaka on the hill Tuesday, ace Zack Greinke was matched by Antonio Senzatela in every possible way through the bulk of this game. Both went eight scoreless innings. Three hits against. No free bases. Greinke set down the final 14 batters he faced. Senzatela retired 13 out of 14. The 25-year-old recorded more ground outs (11-to-8)…

The Colorado Rockies weren’t going to win every single series of 2020 and they finally dropped one on Wednesday afternoon to the Arizona Diamondbacks after a 13-7 loss at Coors Field. Moment of the Game: Kinley Comes Apart Colorado had the game all tied up at 5-5 heading into the seventh when righty reliever Tyler Kinley was called upon to continue his great start. Unfortunately, his wildness and propensity to allow base runners get the best of him. After loading the bases on a pair of seeing-eye singles and a walk, he got Starling Marte to bang one into the plate, but Nolan Arenado was unable to execute a ridiculous barehand attempt and everyone was safe. A grooved fastball to…

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