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First Day of the New Colorado Rockies Era

July 29th, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

Troy Tulowitzki is gone. Time for players, fans and the media to get over it. And on the basis of these new-look Colorado Rockies, things could end up being pretty good. Well, they can't be much worse than the last few years, anyway. The team was going nowhere with Tulo, so maybe the pitchers coming to the Rox system will pan out and lead these guys somewhere.

For anybody worrying about finding another face of the franchise, Nolan Arenado's got you covered. He tacked on a couple more RBI in Chicago yesterday to give him a total of 76 on the year. Add a .283 batting average and 25 home runs and you've got a bona fide star on your hands. A 24 year old star at that.

A superstar position player has never been in short supply for the Rockies, but pitching, of course, has been. Newly acquired Jeff Hoffman will join a farm system that already boasts top prospects Jon Gray, Kyle Freeland and Mike Nikorak. They will need to develop, yes, but having four guys who could be frontline starters if things go well is a good way to build your team. All of them won't pan out, but if even one turns into a legit ace, the pitching climb at Coors Field will become less steep.

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Troy Tulowitzki Traded to Toronto Blue Jays

July 28th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

The day Colorado Rockies fans have been simultaneously anticipating and dreading has come to pass. The face of the franchise and stalwart shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been traded. This comes as trade rumors have surrounded the five time All-Star for the better part of the last two seasons. Troy will trade in his purple and black for the gray and blue of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Tulo is in the middle of a solid campaign and just a couple of weeks removed from another All-Star Game. A slash line of .305/.353/.478 will surely be missed, but moving the star of the team points the franchise in a different direction — a course of action years in the making.

Enough about the departing, though, what will the Rockies be getting back in the deal? The big name in the return is Jose Reyes, who is quite the serviceable veteran, but one whose future in Denver is uncertain at best. What the Rox will be banking on is the development of young pitchers Jeff Hoffman and Miguel Castro.

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Nothing Lasts Forever for the Colorado Rockies

June 12th, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

After what's been quite an eventful week for the Colorado Rockies, they went down to south Florida just to stink up the joint. The offense was completely shut down and shut out by the Miami Marlins and Chris Rusin couldn't keep up the pace he's set during his first few appearances. The Rockies fell to the Fins 6-0.

As far as the offensive struggles go, all the credit for that goes to Marlins starting pitcher David Phelps. Phelps went eight innings strong, allowing only four hits and one walk while striking out six.

In terms of the Rockies players go, only DJ LeMahieu and back-off-the-DL Corey Dickerson were able to manage any sort of offense. Each player chimed in with two hits, accounting for all but one hit which went to Troy Tulowitzki. Even on the road, the Rox should be able to count on their mighty bats, but this was clearly not the case.

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The Colorado Rockies Lose, but are Pitching Well

June 11th, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

The Colorado Rockies weren't going to keep on winning forever. They took the loss Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals, but the close game can still give the Rockies some confidence moving forward. For the fifth straight game, the team was the beneficiary of a good starting pitching performance. They're only 3-2 during that stretch, but pitching always wins out in the long run.

In Wednesday's game, Chad Bettis only went five innings, giving up three runs, but he did strike out six. Bettis was much maligned when he first started this season for the Rox, but he's pitched to a 3.05 ERA on the season with a 1.174 WHIP and 3.0 K/BB ratio.

Before Bettis, it was Jorge De La Rosa's turn to impress. He went seven innings, struck out eight and allowed two runs on two walks and three hits. De La Rosa is continuing his Coors Field brilliance for the first time this season, as he's struggled so far this year, posting a 5.53 ERA and a WHIP of 1.451. Wesley Snipes always bet on black in Passenger 57, and Rockies fans will always bet on De La, so no worries about those numbers yet.

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Another Good Day for the Colorado Rockies

June 10th, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

Coming off what was probably their best day of the season, the Colorado Rockies followed it up with another good day. They loaded up on pitchers on the second day of the MLB first year player draft, which is still considered the early rounds in baseball, and while that was going on in the wings, the stage was occupied by the team's 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Rockies once again got another standout pitching performance at home, from Jorge De La Rosa this time. He went seven innings while giving up two runs on three hits and two walks and striking out eight batters. The Cards had a good performance from Michael Wacha, but his 10 strikeouts weren't enough for his team to take the victory.

The offense was carried by a two-run home run from Nolan Arenado in the sixth inning and a go-ahead RBI double from DJ LeMahieu in the seventh. Carlos Gonzalez added an insurance run later in the inning.

That added run came in handy when Boone Logan gave up a first-pitch home run to Peter Bourjos in the eighth. That was the lone run scored in the inning, though, and John Axford came in to close things out, his eleventh of the year.

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