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40-Man Ladder: To Trade or Not to Trade

July 21, 2016 | 3 Comments

Every once in a while a baseball team finds itself at a crossroads.  I like to think of these crossroads as occurring on a hilltop clearing overlooking a dark and misty forest.  While each team is on a different path, they all stand on their own lonely hilltop intersections and stare off [...]

Not His Lucky Day: The Jon Gray Problem

May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

2012 was a rough year for the Colorado Rockies: between the NL lowest 5.22 ERA, an ultimately poor defense, and position players beset by injury, the Rockies struggled to get by with a 64-98 season. Through the misery of the season came a small glimmer of hope, behind the Astros and the Cubs, the [...]

The Rockies are Closer to Competitive Than We Thought

May 24, 2016 | 2 Comments

It is nearing the end of May, and there are still many double takes coming from baseball fans taking a glance at the National League West scorecard so far. Roughly a month and a half into the season, with just over 40 games played, the Rockies aren’t in the cellar. You can call it the [...]

Why These Rockies Might Be Different

May 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

A version of this story appeared in the ESPN SweetSpot Blog. Coming off a five game winning streak along with a sweep of the New York Mets at home, there was a lot of excitement going into this recent Rockies road trip. The Rockies were fluttering around .500 and in the middle of the pack in the NL [...]

Rockies Pitching with Steve Foster

May 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you listen to Colorado Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster you might assume his office is full of motivational posters. That’s just the way he is wired as a coach. The way he approaches conversations and development is about more than results. A phrase he uses is growth step. Simply put, [...]

Rethinking Rockies Outfielder Positioning

April 22, 2016 | 2 Comments

One of the things I’ve done for fun the last few years is attend the SABR Analytics conference that takes place in Arizona during Spring Training. Though this year’s conference was sponsored by the Rockies, unlike the prior two years, the Rockies didn’t have representatives on any [...]

Revisting ZiPS Projections, Part II: Starting Pitching

December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last week we took a trip in the WABAC Machine to see how well Rockies hitters fared in comparison to their preseason ZiPS projection and found, hey, they actually did pretty okay! So how did this team lose 90+ games for the third time in four years? As is typically the answer to such questions, it [...]

Star Pitcher: A New Hope

November 22, 2015 | 3 Comments

Do you remember how excited Rockies fans were about Tyler Matzek around this time last year?   A much-hyped prospect, Matzek had flopped in the minors, recovered (but only sort of), and finally cracked the big league rotation mid-season after enough Rockies pitchers did what all Rockies pitchers [...]

Series Recap 9/21 – 9/24: There’s a lot of Baseball Fans in Colorado

September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Coors Field was full of energy Wednesday night in the ninth inning. Colorado is full of baseball fans, however they all seem to be rooting for the opponent. A “Lets Go Bucs” chant erupted with Pittsburgh up 13-7 looking to close out the Rockies for the third straight game and clinch [...]

Last Chance for Colorado Baseball!

September 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Alright Rockies fans, come get your Rockies baseball while you can! This past weekend kicked off the last home stand of the 2015 season. The recently completed series with the Padres recapped below marked the beginning of the end. There has been much baseball sadness in Colorado this season, but I [...]
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