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World Series Starts Tonight: Who’s Going to Win?

October 21st, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

The Fall Classic is finally upon us! After what seemed like an interminable break from playoff baseball, the World Series finally begins tonight. The San Francisco Giants look to continue their even-year dominance against the Kansas City Royals, who'll look to end 29 years of futility. So, who has the edge? Who's going to be world champs?

With the bats in their hands, the Giants should have the advantage. Former MVP Buster Posey leads the attack, but he's not alone. Kung Fu Panda Pablo Sandoval is playing well, Hunter Pence is always dangerous and guys like Brandon Belt and Travis Ishikawa, as we know, have some walk-offability in their bats. Yeah, that's a new word.

The Royals are the ultimate small ball team. Advocates of the bunt-steal method (and dance) Lorenzo Cain and the boys score enough runs to get the job done. Hitting the fewest home runs in the AL doesn't seem to have carried over to the postseason, though. Mike Moustakas has the most home runs in the postseason, one of them of the walk-off variety.

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Who Would Be the Colorado Rockies Game 2 Starter?

October 20th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

When the World Series finally gets underway tomorrow, the teams will be throwing their aces into the fray. James Shields will go for the Royals and Madison Bumgarner for the Giants. Easy decisions. If the Rockies had somehow — miraculously — reached the playoffs this year, their game one starter would also be an easy decision: Jorge De La Rosa. Game two, on the other hand, would weave a much different tale. Who would be the Colorado Rockies' game two starter?

For this exercise, let's say the starting five consists of Jorge De La Rosa, a healthy Jordan Lyles, a healthy Brett Anderson, Tyler Matzek, and Franklin Morales. Morales, despite pitching rather well during the magical Rocktober of 2007, will be eliminated for this conversation. That leaves two guys who were hurt for much of the year and a rookie. Maybe this is why the Rockies didn't make the playoffs. Just spitballing here.

Right off the bat, everyone would say Jordan Lyles, as he did go 7-4 in 22 starts this season. He had the best season of everyone not named Jorge, and that should count for something. Posting a 4.33 ERA in almost 130 innings, Lyles had a career year and was the most consistent pitcher in the early part of this season.

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The Most Probable Free Agent Signing for the Colorado Rockies

October 19th, 2014 at 1:45 PM
By Joe Lemere

When the World Series wraps up, the Major League Baseball offseason will officially begin. Players will enter exclusive negotiations with their teams, but if no deal is reached by the middle of December, those without contracts will become free agents. We talked yesterday about how little funds the Colorado Rockies have to spend this winter, but the odds are still that they'll make at least one move in free agency this year. What will it be?

Of course, helping out a major league worst bullpen would be a good idea for new GM Jeff Bridich. A guy like Luke Gregerson or Koji Uehara will be too expensive to be in purple pinstripes next year, but there are still some good arms to be had. But someone like Jason Motte who is coming off of a very poor season, but has shown he has what it takes to succeed, should expect to come at a little bit of a discount. Or, if Bridich and the Rox are feeling adventurous, take a stab at Jesse Crain. He didn't pitch at all in 2014, but he was an excellent reliever in the AL Central throughout his career. And he's from Colorado, for what that's worth.

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The Colorado Rockies are Cash-strapped This Offseason

October 18th, 2014 at 2:29 PM
By Joe Lemere

The Colorado Rockies will most likely have a $100 million payroll next year. And based off of their $93 million payroll this year, it probably won't mean much of an improvement. In fact, 2014 was the most costly season in Rockies franchise history and was one of their worst in terms of win-loss. With very little money in the bank to spend, what can the Blake Street Bombers do this offseason?

$64 million of the 2015 payroll is going to six players, of which only Jorge De La Rosa and LaTroy Hawkins didn't spend any time on the DL. Boone Logan, Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki all missed huge parts of the season and they take up 42 million of those dollars. The rest of the guys are either arbitration eligible or are pre-arbitration, so they aren't pulling too much salary collectively, depending upon what the arbitration hearings decide.

With all this cash tied up, the Rox — who are never going to be big spenders under current ownership — have very little room to do anything in free agency this year. That also means that their own free agents are out of the door. In terms of Franklin Morales, Matt Belisle and Nick Masset, it's not a huge loss, but losing Michael Cuddyer would be. Sure, he's been hurt and is getting up there in age, but is still a great asset to have on the team.

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What the Colorado Rockies Should Take from the World Series

October 17th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

These playoffs sure have been good, right? A walk-off bomb sends the San Francisco Giants to the Fall Classic to take on America's team, the Kansas City Royals. While the Giants have dominated in even years, it seems the Royals can't be beaten. No matter which way the World Series goes, though, there's a few things the Colorado Rockies can take away from the series.

The single most important thing to take away from both of the teams playing for it all is the never-say-die attitude they play with. Remember when the Royals were down 8-4 to the Oakland A's and on the verge of playoff elimination? No, no one does. Comeback after comeback, walk-off after walk-off, both these teams just won't quit. That's why there here in late October playing for all the marbles. Or whatever the kids play for nowadays.

One of the things that Rockies 101 has been a big proponent of is trading the superstar duo of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez for a bounty of talented young pitchers and position players. The Royals have proved that you don't need star players to win at the highest levels, you need guys to compete everyday and can come through in the clutch. Even the Giants — sans Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey — have used the same formula this year.

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