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Cactus League: Colorado Rockies win TWICE in one day

On Sunday afternoon, the Colorado Rockies pulled off the improbable – winning twice in one day. Well, not really. The Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks played twice in split-squad games. Colorado, obviously, came away with both victories by the final of ...

Jordan Lyles pitching lights-out in Cactus League play for the Colorado Rockies

During the first half of the 2014 campaign last season, Jordan Lyles was by-far the best pitcher in the Colorado Rockies rotation. In a trade that sent fan favorite Dexter Fowler the Houston Astros in exchange for Lyles and Brandon ...

Rafael Ynoa’s Path To The Opening Day Roster

I’m a Rafael Ynoa fan. I want him on the roster this year. Maybe I’ll start a fan club. After being buried in the Dodgers system, he finally got an opportunity with the Rockies last season and impressed at the ...

Chad Bettis Will Be Back With The Rockies Soon Enough

Chad Bettis has been sent back to minor league camp, but it’s not for lack of effort or results on his part this spring. After being converted from a starter, to a reliever, and back to a starter, his big ...

Rex Brothers Has Two Bad Relief Outings In A Row

After four smooth appearances to start Spring Training, Rex Brothers has been roughed up a bit the last two times out on the mound in the Cactus League. Thursday against the Rangers, it took him 29 pitches to get two ...

Brooks Brown Should Make The Opening Day Roster

Having just written a piece on the competition for the final spot (or two) in the Rockies bullpen this spring where I asked you guys to play general manager and choose which pitcher you’d most like to see in the bullpen, I ...

Get Rox Pile Content on Newly Updated FanSided iOS App

A one-stop shop app that merges sports, entertainment and leisure together, the newest FanSided app is now available for iOS users. FanSided and Rox Pile are excited to announce the release of the updated FanSided App for iOS. Available now, ...

General Manager Jeff Bridich weighs in on a potential Jon Gray call-up

The Colorado Rockies are in obvious need of starting rotation help after the release of Jhoulys Chacin, followed by the groin injury to ace Jorge De La Rosa. Rockies fans, like myself, are clamoring for the team’s top prospect, Jon ...

Chad Bettis, new mechanics and all, pitching well in Cactus League play

Chad Bettis has had an up-and-down ride thus far in his young Major League career. One day he would look really good on the mound, the next day, not so much. According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, Colorado held Bettis ...

Eddie Butler making his case for the Rockies starting rotation

Flashback to June 6th, 2014: Eddie Butler makes his Major League debut for the Colorado Rockies. It was a rough one, might I add. Butler gave up a lead-off triple to Dee Gordon, who would come around to score on ...

A Eulogy for Jhoulys Chacin

No, he’s not dead, but he is dead to Jeff Bridich and the Rockies–if we see Chacin in purple pinstripes again, it won’t be anytime soon. Most of the stuff I’ve read in the last few hours about the Rockies’ ...

Kyle Kendrick (Kind Of) Makes Sense As Opening Day Starter

He’s no ace, but Kendrick could provide more than most people expect for the Rockies in 2015. Two things are probably true of most of us in the last week or so: 1) We have been perhaps slightly distracted from ...

Anthony DeSclafani Bounces Back In 1-0 Reds Loss

W: Boone Logan (1-0)   L: David Holmberg (0-1)   SV: Tommy Kahnle (1) Pitching was the story in this one, as the teams combined for 10 hits and one run on the day in the Cincinnati Reds’ 1-0 loss to ...

In Defense of Dinger

The famous mascot of the Rockies came under attack last week, but is he so bad? Last week, Denver Post columnist Benjamin Hochman wrote a slanderous attack on Rockies mascot and American hero Dinger the dinosaur. Dinger has long been in ...

Duran Walk-Off HR Gives Reds Win in Split Squad Game Over Angels

The games may not count, but walk-off wins are exciting no matter what time of year it is. In one of two split squad games on the day, the Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Angels, 7-5, on a walk-off three-run home ...

Could Wilin Rosario At First Base Actually Work?

The Rockies either failed or refused to move Wilin Rosario during the offseason, and they made their unhappiness with his catching plain when they signed Nick Hundley. Could it actually work to play Rosario at first base sometimes? One of the ...

Spring Training Storylines: Tyler Anderson

All eyes are on Jon Gray and Eddie Butler in spring training this year, but what can we expect from Tyler Anderson? While the Rockies’ front office did not make many significant offseason moves to bolster the roster, there does ...

The Critical Importance of the #2 Starter

Who matters more than the ace in a starting rotation? Quite a lot of people, it turns out. It’s a snowy Sunday in Colorado, and I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing that I was in Scottsdale watching workouts. I ...

Eddie Butler’s Moment of Truth

The pressure’s on for Eddie Butler in 2015 spring training. Eddie Butler was called up too soon last season. I will never forget turning on the radio to listen to the Rockies game the night of June 3rd and hearing ...

Jason Giambi retires: Farewell to the Giambino

Longtime slugger Jason Giambi announced his retirement on Monday afternoon. At 44 years old and after 20 years in the big leagues as a player, the man known as the Giambino is finally hanging them up. From the middle of ...

Yes, the Rockies are delusional

The Colorado Rockies have a very odd definition of what it means to have a “new-look” team. Sitting here as a writer inclined to give the people in charge of the Rockies the benefit of the doubt insofar as they ...

Rockies Preview Series: The immense pressure on Eddie Butler and Jon Gray

With pitchers and catchers set to report soon for the Colorado Rockies, we start our preview series with a look at the organization’s two top pitching prospects. For as long as any Rockies’ fan can remember, the big “if” hanging ...

Rockies Spring Training: Jon Gray headlines non-roster invitees

Real baseball news has arrived, as the Colorado Rockies announced their non-roster invitees this week. All eyes will be on the pitcher who is expected to be a savior. 2013 first round pick Jon Gray headlines the list of Spring ...

Rockies Sign Kyle Kendrick As Fifth Starter

The pitcher shopping spree continues with the acquisition of free agent Kyle Kendrick, formerly of the Phillies. The Rockies might have been in on James Shields, but once they realized he didn’t want to pitch in Colorado they didn’t have ...

John Axford and David Hale added as Rockies’ bullpen takes shape

With the news that the Colorado Rockies have signed former Brewers closer John Axford and traded for Braves pitcher David Hale, the team has put together most of the bullpen that it will carry into 2015. Despite Axford’s middling numbers the past four seasons ...

The Man, The Mustache, The Legend: John Axford is a Rockie

Very recently one of the best relievers in the game, John Axford looks for a comeback season in purple pinstripes. I’m starting to feel convinced that general manager Jeff Bridich does intend to make changes to this team. Less than ...

The glorious return of Omar Quintanilla

Omar Quintanilla is back with the Colorado Rockies, signing a minor league deal this week. The Rockies don’t need your negativity. I don’t need your negativity. Omar Quintanilla doesn’t need your negativity. I’m talking to you, naysayers. And you, Twitter-snarkers. ...

Who is David Hale?

The Colorado Rockies acquired David Hale from the Atlanta Braves this week, along with Gus Schlosser, as they try to bolster their pitching staff. Should I feel good that the Rockies just traded for a pitcher from the Braves, an ...

Troy Tulowitzki rumors: Well, there are no rumors, actually

Troy Tulowitzki will not be traded, but the rumors about even a glimmer of a possibility of a trade are still emerging. The Colorado Rockies played it coy for a while this off-season. They let on that they were “willing ...

Rockies prospect news: A setback for Tyler Anderson

Top Colorado Rockies’ pitching prospect Tyler Anderson has suffered a setback with an elbow injury as he prepares for the start of the 2015 season. Tyler Anderson is on the 40 man roster. He might have had a chance to ...

Reminder: The Rockies’ farm system no longer stinks

The Colorado Rockies minor league system boasts more depth than it once did, making things a bit more intriguing for the otherwise flailing franchise. Here’s the thing that we Rockies fans know: when the high ranking comes from this particular ...

Reminder: The Rockies love Brandon Barnes

The Colorado Rockies still have a lot of outfielders, and they still love Brandon Barnes. Brandon Barnes probably won’t be a big contributor for the Rockies in 2015. He very well might struggle to be better than a replacement level ...

Jeff Bridich brings The CaRavan through Albuquerque

Baseball starts early this year. On January 26th, baseball kicked off in Albuquerque, NM as Rockies’ general manager Jeff Bridich, manager Walt Weiss, NL batting champ Justin Morneau, Rockies’ All-Star Charlie Blackmon and Dinger the Mascot invaded “The Lab” in ...

The Importance of Adam Ottavino

Many things will have to fall in place for the Rockies to succeed in 2015. One guy who simply has to maintain is right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino. The Rockies’ bullpen was ten kinds of bad in 2014. I wrote about ...

Wilin Rosario is a better right fielder than a turkey

The Colorado Rockies cleared up some rumors yesterday, but the news wasn’t good. This week, Patrick Saunders wrote an article revealing a few things about the Rockies rumors that have been circulating over the past few weeks. The first is that the ...

Michael McKenry: more important than he should be?

Michael McKenry is going be in the mix at catcher for the Colorado Rockies, but are they counting on him for too much? Hello, my name is Hayden Kane, and I am here to rain on the Michael McKenry parade ...

Rex Brothers: a Risk Well Worth Taking for the Rockies

Rex Brothers is back with the Colorado Rockies on a one-year deal, with the team sincerely hoping for a big turnaround in 2015. This one’s on me, guys. I will at least take my portion of the blame for the ...

Drew Stubbs, a bargain in every sense of the word

Drew Stubbs signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Rockies this week to avoid arbitration. Outfielder Drew Stubbs will probably never be better for the Rockies than he was last season. Serving as a platoon player at times and as ...

The Rockies believe in Tyler Chatwood; should they?

Tyler Chatwood will be back with the Colorado Rockies on a two-year deal after the right-handed pitcher avoided arbitration this week. It’s not clear when Tyler Chatwood will pitch for the Rockies again after he underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in ...

Rockies Targeting Former Closers: A Good Idea?

The Colorado Rockies are rumored to be targeting several former closers, but is it a good plan? Outside of the Dillon Gee and Ryan Vogelsong rumors, outside of the idea that the Rockies may or may not have offered James ...

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