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Baseball is pastoral. It allows time to pass between actions and conversation to be shared between audiences. While there are still five months until fanatics of the Colorado Rockies can sit in a plastic green seat at the corner of 20th and Blake, the offseason allows for discussion of what may come to be in 2022 as well as what…...

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When the Colorado Rockies dropped off their minor league invites during the 2020-21 offseason at the Post Office, they received some quality RSVPs. C.J. Cron, a player who probably should have been picked up by a car service a few years ago before making if official this February, solidified the middle part of the lineup throughout the year and won...

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The prototypical batting lineup probably looks the same for most folks when they dream up a perfect team. The speediest player on the roster – center fielder or shortstop – has traditionally batted first. (Of course, having a player with the best on-base percentage leading off may take some precedence in the modern age of sabermetrics, but the position is...

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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…

DNVR Rockies beat reporters Drew Creasman and Patrick Lyons battle for supremacy discussing various hot topics pertaining to the inhabitants of 2001 Blake Street as well all the scuttlebutt in and around the game of baseball. The coldest, hardest winter on record for supporters of the Colorado Rockies has finally come to an end. Spring Training has begun and along with it positional battles, offseason tales of intrigue and – just maybe – a glimmer of hope about the future. (By glimmer, we could be talking about a sliver or morsel. And future? Well, 2026 will be here before you know it.) Following consecutive sub-.500 seasons and the loss of the greatest player in franchise history, the potential for a…

Nearly two months after the final out of the World Series, someone forgot to tell Major League Baseball that the Hot Stove is supposed to provide some warmth during late December.  At least the Colorado Rockies are doing what they can raise the temperature. Little has transpired this offseason by way of significant transactions, and more questions exist than answers following an abbreviated 2020 season that rewrote MLB’s rule book, both literally and figuratively.  The biggest move has probably been by the New York Mets who acquired a billionaire owner – or is it the other way around? – who has said all the right things and has begun to put his money in the location of his mouth -…

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 was the best of times, it was the worst of times…. It was a 23-5 drubbing at the hands of the Giants that signaled the call for concern about not only the Rockies bullpen, but starter Jon Gray and the entire offense. Excluding a tremendous two homer performance by Garrett Hampson – the only two hits for Colorado until the eighth – there was simply nothing for which to be proud other than a handful of strong at bats late when the game was out of reach. Gray surrendered seven runs by the time his turn was complete in the third inning. In the process of throwing just 64 pitches, several over the heart of the plate, his earned…

One night after snapping a seven-game losing skid, it was a game to start a new streak and for getting individuals back into a groove as Colorado won 5-4 in Arizona on Tuesday night. Nolan Arenado slugged two RBI-doubles, Garrett Hampson broke a 1-for-21 slump to thump his second home run of the season, and Josh Fuentes made his first start after riding the pine for opening two weeks, adding a double for his first hit of the season. Starter German Márquez was not sharp with his fastball, while command of his off-speed pitches allowed him to improve upon a horrendous start against Houston last week at home. The pitch count reached 95 after five innings, but it was all…

Jon Gray may have entered Sunday’s affair with a 6.41 ERA and questions about his slightly diminished fastball, but he left with his longest outing of the season (7 IP) and with the most strikeouts (7) since exactly one year ago during Colorado’s 10-4 win. In a similar vein, the bats provided the most runs this year thanks to an early two-out barrage as well as runs across four consecutive innings. Every Rockies’ starter in the lineup not named Daniel Murphy recorded a base hit with Raimel Tapia leading the way following two singles and a triple. Gray came off one of the worst starts of his career against his old nemesis, the Arizona Diamondbacks, surrendering 11 hits and lasting…

DNVR Rockies beat reporters Drew Creasman and Patrick Lyons battle for supremacy discussing various hot topics pertaining to the inhabitants of 2001 Blake Street as well all the scuttlebutt in-and-around the game of baseball. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association may not have agreed on a lot before the July 23 date for Opening Day was set by Commissioner Rob Manfred. Though the two sides couldn’t work out whether or not the advent of the designated hitter in the National League would benefit one side more than the other, Manfred decided the universal DH was a matter of health and safety, primarily for pitchers. Next year, it all goes back to normal. Until then, let’s figure out if…

Through good times and bad over the last three years, one of the central struggles of the Colorado Rockies has been figuring out how to balance a roster that has a lot of young and promising talent that happen to play the same position as already established veterans. During the run to 91 wins and a Wild Card victory, the...

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On the final day of the 2018 regular season with the fate of the NL West hanging in the balance, a certain bright-eyed minor leaguer showed up to Coors Field to witness the potentially historic game. Standing behind home plate during batting practice watching the Rockies – former teammates, current friends and associates – he said almost the unthinkable. Off-handed, humorous and even deadly serious, it was his brand of commentary. “If they clinch tonight, I’m getting on that field.” Hot off an MVP season in Triple-A that helped put his name on the map, it’s still unclear how much Josh Fuentes was joking. The improbable journey to the majors for Fuentes goes back many years and while it has long…

Last week, we reminded ourselves how extremely volatile bullpens can be in general and noted that for the Colorado Rockies, this is doubly so. Also this wide window of possibilities, from the best to the worst case scenarios, seems to represent a wide range of possible outcomes for the club in the upcoming 2020 season. This isn’t just the situation...

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During the 2018-19 offseason, it seemed the only addition the Colorado Rockies made was Daniel Murphy at the cost of $24MM.  A more thorough examination suggests financial investments in the organization through new technology such as devices created by Rapsodo, in addition to a slew of renovations to Coors Field were set in motion when the team and the Metropolitan...

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DENVER – If you think the Colorado Rockies are trying to replay the 2018 NLDS this weekend agains the Milwaukee Brewers, it would be hard point to argue. In one of the best all-around games of the season, your pals in purple won a second straight game against the crew that brews through late inning heroics from Sam Hilliard and...

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Hoping to snap a 12-game losing streak in Los Angeles dating back to June 30, 2018 and avoid breaking a dubious record for the longest such streak in Dodgers Stadium’s 58-year history, Colorado looked to play spoiler with their 36th player of the month. Reinstated before the game from the 10-day IL due to a left groin strain, starting pitcher Kyle...

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The Colorado Rockies came out swinging in their first game of this road trip against the Los Angeles Dodgers, taking an early lead and playing some solid baseball until the wheels came off the wagon in a bottom of the fourth that decided the game. The visitors took the lead in the top of the first with back-to-back home runs...

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On this episode of the DNVR Rockies Podcast, Drew Creasman breaks down the Colorado Rockies win over the New York Mets, their fourth straight. It was another great night for Garrett Hampson who is becoming the player we thought he would. His speed brings up another fun topic about how to best measure defense and we take a look at another great sign for Rockies’ pitching moving forward. http://traffic.megaphone.fm/BSND4031964909.mp3

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