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Colorado Rockies Trade Rumors: CarGo or Tulo to Mets; Stubbs to Seattle

July 25th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

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The New York Post is reporting that the Mets have talked to the Colorado Rockies regarding their two star players, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. Many believe such a deal is very unlikely to happen midseason, but this offseason is a definite possibility. The Mets have a couple of top rated pitching prospects in Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero (pictured), both of whom are ready to make their mark on the Majors. And as everyone knows the Rockies will always be on the lookout for good, controllable pitchers. New York also has the top rated first base prospect in Dominic Smith, and with Justin Morneau's age and Kyle Parker's poor performance in his brief stint at the top club could be of some interest.

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Proof You Can Pitch at Coors Field

July 24th, 2014 at 12:36 PM
By Joe Lemere

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If Jorge De La Rosa has done anything during his time in a Colorado Rockies uniform it's prove that you can indeed pitch at Coors Field. Since its first season in 1995, everyone has said it to be just about impossible to pitch in the thin air. Even after the debut of the humidor, the cavernous outfield makes it blisteringly difficult to be successful pitching in Denver. Jorge is the most successful pitcher in the history of Coors Field, and his 11 strikeout performance Wednesday just goes to further prove that with the right stuff, a Rockies pitcher can rack up the wins at home.

De La Rosa has never had a losing season and is 42-14 in his career at Coors, the highest winning percentage in Rockies history. He's posted an ERA of just about four, a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.41 and a WHIP under 1.4. And in the past two seasons at home, Jorge has been downright dominant — a 17-3 record, 2.97 ERA, 6.49 K/9, and a WHIP of 1.304.

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A Glimpse at Life Without Troy Tulowitzki

July 23rd, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

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Troy Tulowitzki was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, adding another name to the list of victims of the injury bug. The Rockies played Tuesday without their superstar, and with recent trade winds swirling around, they may just play next season without their All-Star shortstop. That game, a 7-4 loss at home to the Washington Nationals may provide a glimpse at a Rockies' future without Tulo.

Obviously one game doesn't say all that much, but it could have some features next years squad carries into next season. First off, if Tulowitzki does get traded, the Rockies won't have to wait long to find another star infielder to become the team's flag bearer. Nolan Arenado has star potential, and barring injuries, seems poised to reach that potential rather quickly. In Tuesday's game, Arenado blasted a homerun to the deepest part of the ballpark with two outs. Already in his young career, Arenado has proved to be a clutch hitter who seems to relish the opportunity to come through in crunch time. Rockies fans will surely miss Tulo, but if Nolan Arenado plays the way he can, they won't miss him for long.

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Add Troy Tulowitzki to the Disabled List

July 22nd, 2014 at 4:47 PM
By Joe Lemere

Well, time to add Colorado Rockies' star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the 15-day disabled list. Retroactive to July 20th, Troy is on the list with a left hip flexor strain. He joins Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer, Jhoulys Chacin, Tyler Chatwood, Jordan Lyles and Boone Logan on the injured list.

With this latest blow, the Rockies are definitely in contention to lose 100 games this season, something the franchise has never done.

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Why You Should Keep Watching the Colorado Rockies

July 22nd, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

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Well, the Colorado Rockies keep right on losing. Four straight after the All-Star break, six straight overall. You might be tempted to simply write this season off and hide the remote, but there are some very good reasons to keep watching the Rockies the rest of the way this season.

First off, and most obvious, is getting a sense for next year's team. Guys like Nolan Arenado and Justin Morneau will surely be back next season, and how the second half goes could go a long way into how next season plays out. Charlie Blackmon, for instance, hit .317 in the second half of last season and he was able to parlay that success into an All-Star appearance this year. Look out for guys to get hot in the remaining games, because they could be the ones fighting for All-Star bids next year.

To go along with the potential of next year's squad are the September call-ups to watch out for. Will Jon Gray make his MLB debut? Will Eddie Butler get back to the Rockies? Will Trevor Story, Tyler Wilson or Cristhian Adames make an impact if and when they get the call? All these questions are very intriguing when it comes to the future of the Rockies and all will be answered by the end of the season.

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