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It sure feels like Colorado has been playing bad baseball over the first two months.  But the facts are: 1) Rockies are in first place in the NL West.  2) They are on pace for 87 wins.  3) The longest losing streak is three games and the longest win streak is six games.  That means the Rockies haven’t gone into a really long losing streak.  4) Arizona is playing very bad baseball over the last three weeks and Los Angeles is starting to heat up.  San Francisco looks like the Rockies of old; great offense but no pitching.  5)  Rockies are 4-2 on the current home stand and they aim to finish it at 6-3 Sunday night.

Today DJLM returns to the lineup leading off for the Rockies.  The bad news was that David Dahl who was heating up broke his foot and will likely be out 6-8 weeks.  BB has decided to run with CarGo batting cleanup believing he is starting to get into a groove.  After a disastrous start to the season, Trevor Story is looking dangerous now at the plate to go along with his Gold Glove caliber defense.  Ian Desmond will continue to play first base.  On the mound, it will be Tyler Anderson tonight (Friday) followed by German Marquez and Chettis in the next two games.

The Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw back on the DL.   Pick up the phone Mr. Bridich and have a killer instinct to finish off the Dodgers with a trade or two.  The ChiSox is going nowhere.  Get this Jose Abreu over here and he’ll be flashing his teeth with a wide grin.  After seeing a catchable line drive that went straight into Chuck_Nazty’s fielding zone that went for a triple, there have been rumblings about moving him to a corner OF and let a speedy centerfielder take over.  sdcarp talks about Billy Hamilton in which he would be like Willy Taveras in the 2007 WS run.

If the entire rotation can be more consistent, that would stabilize the bullpen.  It looks like Otto would only need a minimum 10-day stay on the DL.  So Gopherg has a ten-day window to show why he doesn’t need to go back to Albuquerque.  If Chris Rusin can’t find his groove soon, Antonio Senzatela and Jeff Hoffman are waiting in the wings.

The RWOers think the ball is in the front office to make a couple of moves to be the difference maker in an attempt to go dancing in the post season for the second straight year.  I do not think the wild card is coming out of the West so Colorado needs to win the division outright.  Front office, remember your trade for Rafael Bettancourt?  He was the difference maker.

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Sporting News Mock Draft:
http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/news/top-mlb-draft-prospects-mock-draft-2018-yankees-tigers-order-giants-san-francisco/18bsj3man1thh1mys96j1xmojb
In this mock….Travis Swaggerty makes it to #20. I’m skeptical.

Draftsite.com Mock:
https://www.draftsite.com/mlb/mock-draft/2018/

BleacherReport:
https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2777182-2018-mlb-mock-draft-with-2-weeks-remaining
I think this may be the most accurate (or “current”).

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Jon Heyman’s 12 trades that should happen:

“#7. Jose Abreu and Nate Jones to the Rockies for Ryan McMahon and Riley Pint.

The Rockies may need a little more firepower to become a true threat, and Ian Desmond can play anywhere. McMahon is better than he showed early, and Pint’s slipped a bit on their prospect list.”

I fully support this deal!

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I was out of town for a week where they don’t show Rockies games (Boston, that is), then my satellite receiver got fried by lightning, so I’ve barely watched the last couple weeks (and won’t be able to until Tuesday’s game). But it seems Bryan Shaw is not close to his marquee billing? And boy howdy, did the Dodgers come in to show who’s really the boss. Grrrrrr. And all of this with their own parade of injured players and… Read more »

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Carp – interested in your take on the Rox 1st round pick (22 overall) and “competitive balance” pick. Without ever having watched him, the first guy is a lefty pitcher who seems a little like a Kyle Freeland. Second pick (in the 40s) a HS first baseman that I know literally nothing about ….I thought they might go all Casey Weathers again this year (college reliever who could potentially step in this summer) but I guess not.

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Many thanks to RMH for sending me text updates last night as I am entertaining guests from out of town (from out of the country!) that have no interest in the MLB draft (but if you want to talk Premier League Futbol…….they’re ready). Swaggerty went 12th to Pittsburgh, so that was a non-issue (he simply wasn’t available for the Rox). Seigler and Casas were available and we passed……taking a 1B (Lavigne) in the Compensation Round explains why we passed on… Read more »

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Draft update: Through 7 rounds (plus the compensation pick) = 8 picks total. 7 college players. I like this trend. In my opinion, even a draftnik like myself really doesn’t know much beyond the first 50-100 players taken. So I’m relying on Rockies scouting. I can’t say much about the players per se…….but big picture things: 1. I’m a fan of the college strategy. Taking 21 YOs as opposed to 17/18 YOs should take some of the guesswork out of… Read more »

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Through 10 rounds….11 players (4 added since last report). Trend continues. All college. Two are really interesting:

Willie MacIver – C turned 3B projected to go to 2B……looks like a LEGIT hitter, needs a position.
Cade Harris – 3B. 62 freakin walks this collegiate season. 2nd in the nation. 5 in one game. Typically – from the leadoff slot.

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Through 25 rounds (26 picks) – 25 are college. This is definitely a deliberate departure from recent Rockies drafting strategy.

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Carp, thanks for keeping track of the draft! Interesting trend, the college players. Is this a general swing back to the Moneyball Era strategy (Beane drafting college players, looking for some record of actual success at a high level rather than focusing on tools)? Or is it just a Rockies thing?

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I love the MLB amateur draft…..way, way more that than the other pro sports drafts. But i’ll confess that my interest, to some extent, ebbs and flows with the success (or lack thereof) of my college alma mater, NC State. We’re typically a really solid program that has sent lots of players to the pros (Trea Turner and Carlos Rodon are current examples). When we have a nice year (like this past season), I’ll watch some games. The ACC is… Read more »