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We at BSN Denver are running a series where we rank how valuable each of the Colorado Rockies’ 51 players was to the team in 2015. Value was calculated by statistics, viewing, and how memorable each player’s contributions were. The rankings will be from last to first, you may view the full rankings (here) Player: Rafael Betancourt Stats: 45 G, 39.1 IP, 2-4, 6.18…...

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When Steven Tyler wrote “Walk This Way,” he may have had the Colorado Rockies pitching staff in mind. The same old story was told for the seemingly countless time on Wednesday night at Coors Field. It was the same story that was told on Tuesday night and the same story that was told last Friday and Saturday nights. The…...

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Nothing changes for the Colorado Rockies when they come home from a long road trip. It used to be that the Rockies would struggle on the road, but then look like a completely different team when they arrived back at Coors Field. The team that was unfortunate enough to get scheduled against the Rockies when they returned from a…...

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It just doesn’t have the same feel to it. When the Colorado Rockies were jumping up and down with Michael McKenry, who hit his first-ever walk-off home run in the 11th inning on Wednesday to give the Rockies a 7-5 victory, the celebration rang hollow. Don’t blame McKenry, and don’t blame the Rockies. They showed a ton of fight…...

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Carlos Gonzalez drilled a 1st inning homer to get the Colorado Rockies on the board, then he blooped a 9th inning base hit to win the game in walk-off style. The Rockies won their afternoon affair with the Braves 3-2. The two hits accounted for three RBIs, which was the total number of runs the Rockies scored on Saturday…...

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For years, disgruntled fans of the Colorado Rockies have been calling for a boycott of Coors Field. They say that the only way ownership will make changes is if they get hit in the pocketbook. The problem, however, is that summer nights, with the sun setting over the Rocky Mountains, in the dry, crisp air, provides such a beautiful…...

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Jorge De La Rosa did what he has done 1,000 times. He struck out a bunch of Diamondbacks. In fact, while recording his 1,000th career strikeout, De La Rosa pitched the Colorado Rockies out of their losing streak and gave them some momentum. The Rockies bullpen predictably had fans biting their nails late in the game, but ultimately the…...

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There is no way around this one, the Colorado Rockies endured a heartbreaking loss on Tuesday night at Coors Field. Simply put, the Grand Slam that Rafael Betancourt gave up in the top of the 9th with two outs and two strikes with a three-run lead was about as bad as it could have been. It erased about 17…...

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Baseball is a strange game. Was there any doubt when the Colorado Rockies announced that closer Adam Ottavino was headed to the 15-day disabled list that they would be clinging to a one-run lead as they headed to the 9th inning? That always seems to be the way baseball works. With the tying run at third base and the…...

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The Rockies have placed closer Adam Ottavino on the 15 day DL with right triceps inflammation. RHP Adam Ottavino has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right triceps inflammation. — Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) April 27, 2015 Ottavino pitched two clean innings over two games vs the Giants before Sunday’s game was rained out. Weiss has yet to…...

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Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk. The Colorado Rockies gave away enough free passes to the Padres that they basically were forced to win the game on Tuesday night at Coors Field. Tyler Matzek, the Rockies starter, pitched five innings and gave the Padres six free passes. He was frequently behind in the count and once again struggled with his…...

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The Colorado Rockies have once again come out of gate strong. For the third year in a row, April looks like it is going to be a great month for the club. Through nine games, the Rockies are 7-2. That record alone is impressive, but consider the fact that the club is 6-0 on the road, including a sweep of…...

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Earlier in the week Walt Weiss decided to make a change in his bullpen. It didn’t take long for him to find his new closer. Weiss first gave Betancourt a chance who slammed the door shut in Monday’s victory over the Giants, but its now Ottavino’s job to lose. Ottavino only had one career save heading into 2015 but has…...

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Holy Noly! Nolan Arenado made a video game like circus catch in the 8th inning of last night’s Rockies victory over the Giants. Your browser does not support iframes. Mere moments later, Charlie Blackmon made a leaping catch to retire Buster Posey to end the inning and give Rafael Betancourt the hold before Ottavino slammed the door shut in the…...

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Is it time to get excited about the Colorado Rockies yet? After a 4-1 victory in San Francisco, one thing is clear; even if these Rockies don’t contend for the playoffs, they certainly are a fun team to watch. Skip ahead to the bottom of the 8th inning. After Rafael Betancourt uncharacteristically gave up a walk after a base hit,…...

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It doesn’t always have to be pretty. Sometimes, in fact, it can be ugly. The Colorado Rockies were within an out of winning their first home series of the 2015 season on Sunday before LaTroy Hawkins gave up a walk, a base hit and a 2-run home run to Dexter Fowler to give the game away. While it is extremely…...

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After a rough weekend Walt Weiss has decided to make a change in his bullpen. #Rockies LaTroy Hawkins getting “a break” from closing duties says Weiss. Betancourt will close today. — Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) April 13, 2015 Hawkins blew a save on Sunday giving up a home-run to former Rockie Dexter Fowler in the top of the ninth inning in…...

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What goes up must come down. Apparently the laws of gravity also are true of sports teams. On Sunday, the high-flying Colorado Rockies got punched in the gut by an old friend. Dexter Fowler hit a 2-out, 2-run homer off of Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins. The blast gave the Cubs a 6-5 lead and a series victory. The Rockies had…...

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In preparation for trimming the roster down to 25 players before Sunday’s deadline, the Rockies have opted for other talent over some of their key players from 2014. Colorado has sent both LHP Rex Brothers and OF Brandon Barnes to the minors. Brothers has long been thought to be the closer of the future for the Rockies, but struggled in…...

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The Colorado Rockies announced yesterday 24 non-roster players that will be in Scottsdale for Spring Training this year. #Rockies release their 24 non-roster invitees to Spring Training. Pitchers & Catchers report in 9 days! pic.twitter.com/JdTCqK8W2V — Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) February 10, 2015 A lot of no name players we’ll probably wont hear from again this year but there are a…...

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