Player News - Rockies

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Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-5 and scored two runs in a loss to the Giants on Saturday.

He led off the game with an infield single and came around to score on a Nolan Arenado knock. He singled again in the fifth and was driven in by Trevor Story. Blackmon's batting average is depressed this year but everything else looks great. His batting averages the last two years were .324 and .331 but this year he owns a .269/.374/.538 line with 12 home runs, 23 RBI, 35 runs scored and four stolen bases in 41 games.
May 19 - 7:47 PM

Ian Desmond went 1-for-2 with a stolen base and two runs scored in Saturday's loss to the Giants.

Both runs he scored came on double-play groundouts by second baseman Daniel Castro. He also walked twice in the contest. Desmond has really struggled to get anything going at the plate this year despite playing half his games in the hitters' paradise of Coors Field. He has a gruesome .179/.232/.372 slash line but he does have seven homers and 21 RBI in 44 games.
May 19 - 7:42 PM

Jon Gray surrendered five runs in 3 2/3 innings and was charged with a loss to the Giants on Saturday.

He gave up a lot of contact in this one, allowing nine hits and a walk in the brief start. He can't blame the poor results on Coors Field as this was played at AT&T Park, one of the best pitchers' parks in baseball. Gray falls to 4-6 with a 5.34 ERA and 1.40 WHIP after 10 starts.
May 19 - 7:36 PM

Carlos Gonzalez is not in the Rockies' lineup Saturday.

It's the second straight game he's been benched, and this time it comes against a right-hander. CarGo is hitting just .156/.243/.281 so far in May. David Dahl is in right field Saturday. The Rockies also have Tony Wolters catching over Chris Iannetta.
May 19 - 1:48 PM

Ian Desmond had a three-run homer and an RBI double to lead the Rockies to a 6-1 win over the Giants on Friday.

His lineup spot is guaranteed for another month now. Desmond could still put up quality fantasy numbers for the Rockies if only he can continue to get the ball into the air as he did tonight. Nearly two-thirds of his balls in play this year have been grounders. That he has seven homers anyway is something of a miracle; his homer-per-flyball rate is twice his career norm.
May 19 - 1:24 AM

Kyle Freeland picked up his fourth win by pitching 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Friday against the Giants.

Freeland has been terrific, turning in a 3.17 ERA and a 49/18 K/BB ratio over 54 innings this season. If the Rockies had an offense, he'd be better than 4-4 right now, but at least he's 3-0 this month after going 1-4 in April.
May 19 - 1:22 AM

Carlos Gonzalez is absent from the Rockies' starting lineup on Friday night against the Giants.

It looks to be a routine day of rest for the veteran outfielder with left-hander Derek Holland on the hill for the Giants. Noel Cuevas will start in his place in right field and bat fifth for the Rockies on Friday.
May 18 - 6:36 PM

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post writes that the Rockies calling up infield prospect Garrett Hampson to play second base while DJ LeMahieu (thumb) is out is a "possibility."

LeMahieu has been diagnosed with a small fracture in his left thumb and could be sidelined for up to three weeks. Hampson was just promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday and picked up three hits in his first game after batting .304/.391/.466 with four homers and 19 steals at Double-A Hartford. His speed would make him really intriguing for fantasy purposes if he does get a shot. The Rockies could also consider giving Ryan McMahon a shot at second base, although he played first base for Albuquerque on Thursday while Hampson handled second.
Source: Denver Post
May 18 - 1:57 PM

Rockies SS prospect Brendan Rodgers went 1-for-4 with a homer on Thursday for Double-A Hartford.

It's the eighth homer of the season for Rodgers. After a slow start to the season, Rodgers now has his OPS up to .857 to go along with the aforementioned 8 homers, and he's stolen 8 bases. If there's one issue, it's that Rodgers still doesn't show an ideal amount of patience at the plate (10 walks in 37 games), but that's nitpicking. Rodgers is one of -- if not the -- best fantasy shortstops in baseball.
May 18 - 1:15 PM

Carlos Gonzalez went 1-for-5 with a go-ahead two-run single in the 12th inning of Thursday's win over the Giants.

Gonzalez stepped to the plate in the top of the 12th inning following a walk of Nolan Arenado which loaded the bases with two outs. He fell behind 1-2 against Cory Gearrin, but kept his head in the at-bat to whack a high fastball for a solid single to score two runs. Wade Davis would close out the win in the bottom of the frame. Simple single though it might have been, the veteran slugger needed this one. He entered action on Thursday hitting just .148/.226/.290 in 27 at-bats this month. Gonzalez will occasionally hit these kind of Himalayan cold streaks, but fantasy owners are advised to be patient. He's shown the ability to extricate himself from extended slogs in the recent past.
May 18 - 2:42 AM

Daniel Castro went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Thursday's 12-inning win over the Giants.

Castro opened the game's scoring with a two-run double off Jeff Samardzija in the second inning. In 10 games since being called to the major league front-lines at the beginning of the month, the 25-year-old infielder has picked up five hits in 31 at-bats. Fantasy parties have no need to pay him mind on the waiver wire.
May 18 - 2:34 AM

Chad Bettis yielded three runs on five hits over six innings while taking a no-decision in Thursday's 12-inning win over the Giants.

Bettis struck out five and walked two over his six frames of work. He also chipped in at the dish, picking up an RBI single off Jeff Samardzija in the second inning. This was a strong rebound showing for the right-hander, who was knocked around for seven runs by the Brewers in his previous start. Bettis will bring a strong 3.27 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 35/19 K/BB ratio (55 innings) into a road showdown with the Dodgers in his next scheduled outing.
May 18 - 2:19 AM

DJ LeMahieu has been diagnosed with a "slight" fracture in his left wrist.

He's also dealing with a sprained thumb. It's not the best news LeMahieu could have gotten, though at least he won't need surgery. LeMahieu will wait a week for the swelling to go down before he picks up a bat again. Daniel Castro and Pat Valaika are expected to fill in at second base while LeMahieu works back to full strength.
May 17 - 7:59 PM

DJ Lemahieu is visiting a hand specialist on Wednesday.

Lemahieu was placed on the disabled list on Monday with a thumb sprain, and he's reportedly dealing with more pain than anticipated. He's not able to grip a baseball or a bat, which would make it difficult to play. We should have some clarity for how long LeMahieu will be out after the visit with the specialist, but right now this appears to be a long-term injury.
Source: Denver Post
May 16 - 4:10 PM

German Marquez allowed two earned runs over five innings Tuesday in a loss to the Padres.

Eric Hosmer provided both of those runs with a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning. Marquez settled in from there, but he was thoroughly out-pitched by San Diego starter Jordan Lyles, who carried a perfect game into the eighth inning. Marquez will bring a 2-5 record and 5.15 ERA into his next start on the road against the Dodgers.
May 15 - 6:17 PM


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