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Rockies prospect SS/2B Trevor Story went 3-for-3 with a triple and two doubles on Wednesday for Double-A New Britain.

He also walked twice and scored three times in the game. Story, 22, struggled last season after a promotion to Double-A, batting just .200/.302/.380 in 56 games. However, he’s certainly off to a hot start this year in the Eastern League, with a .458 batting average, five extra-base hits and six RBI through seven games. Story still has some serious approach and swing-and-miss issues, but his athleticism, power and ability to play both middle-infield positions could get him to the major leagues by the end of the season.
Apr 16 - 2:06 PM

Nolan Arenado spanked a three-run homer in Wednesday's victory over the Giants.

He finished 1-for-4, with the three-run bomb -- courtesy of a sluggish Tim Lincecum slider -- the difference in a 4-2 win. Arenado and his offensive mates are apparently trying to revive the Blake Street Bomber moniker of Rockies' past. The young third baseman is slashing .324/.395/.735 and the Rockies are off to a 7-2 start, including a stunning 6-0 on the road, fresh off a sweep in San Francisco of the defending champs. Can the Rockies keep it up? Doubtful. Can Arenado? A monster season isn't out of the question.
Apr 16 - 1:14 AM

Adam Ottavino notched a save on the second consecutive day Wednesday against the Giants.

He struck out two. On Monday, Ottavino had one career save. He's recorded two in the past 48 hours and should earn plenty more if he keeps mocking gravity with that slider. LaTroy Hawkins fended off father time to retain closer jobs for years, but Ottavino is proving to be a more formidable foe. Rockies manager Walt Weiss has officially given Ottavino the job and the leash doesn't figure to be short. Ottavino, who hasn't given up a run this year, should be on zero waiver wires. Right the wrong if your fellow owners are snoozing.
Apr 16 - 1:13 AM

Tyler Matzek fired six innings of one-run ball in a Wednesday victory against the Giants.

He struck out three, walked one and yielded five hits. No, NL-only owners, we aren't going to scold your perked ears; there may be fantasy value to be extracted, here. The former 11th overall pick was a long-time disappointment in the minors, but quietly put up a 1.69 ERA in four September starts for the Rockies to finish last season with a solid 4.05 ERA over 20 appearances (19 starts) overall. We guarantee nothing, but if you have an open NL-only roster spot and want to speculate, we give you permission. Matzek gets the Padres next.
Apr 16 - 1:08 AM

Corey Dickerson went 3-for-4 with an RBI single, a triple, and three runs scored as the Rockies earned a 4-1 win over the Giants on Tuesday.

Dickerson brought in the Rockies' first run with a single in the second inning and later scored on a wild pitch. He singled and scored in the fourth, then led off the ninth inning with a triple and later came around to score an insurance run. Dickerson has been hitting quite well, having hit safely in seven of eight games with a .406 average, six extra-base hits, nine RBI, and eight runs scored in 34 plate appearances.
Apr 15 - 1:38 AM

Christian Bergman blanked the Giants over four innings in a no-decision versus the Giants on Tuesday.

Quite a strong performance from Bergman, making his first start of the season. He limited the Giants to just four hits (all singles) and two walks while striking out four. Jorge De La Rosa is nearing a return, so Bergman's likely the odd man out.
Apr 15 - 1:33 AM

Adam Ottavino struck out all three batters he faced to pick up his first save of the season Tuesday against the Giants.

He fanned Brandon Crawford, Justin Maxwell, and Norichika Aoki in succession, looking so good that Rockies manager Walt Weiss named him the team's closer after the game. Rafael Betancourt, who earned the save Monday with Ottavino unavailable, pitched the eighth and allowed a run, helping Ottavino shine even brighter on Tuesday. Ottavino has been solid over the last two seasons in Colorado and obviously needs to be owned in fantasy leagues at the moment.
Apr 15 - 1:29 AM

Rockies prospect CF David Dahl launched his first home run of the 2015 season on Monday as part of a 2-for-5 performance for Double-A New Britain.

He drove in two runs and also coaxed a walk in the game. Dahl played only 29 games at High-A Modesto last season, but the Rockies clearly believed he was ready to be challenged and assigned him to the Eastern League to open 2015. With the potential for five premium tools, the 21-year-old center fielder is viewed as one of baseball’s better position prospects, though it’s unlikely he debuts before 2016.
Apr 14 - 11:44 AM

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said after Monday's game that he's not ready to "declare a closer."

Rafael Betancourt recorded two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning Monday against the Giants to pick up the first save since LaTroy Hawkins' demotion. That might make him the favorite to receive the next opportunity and perhaps run with the role, but Adam Ottavino and possibly others could also get a look. Perhaps the only reason it wasn't Ottavino being used Monday was because he had already pitched Saturday and Sunday.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 13 - 10:35 PM

Eddie Butler tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings Monday in a 2-0 win over the Giants.

Butler wasn't as impressive as the line indicated, as he struck out just one batter while allowing five hits and six walks. He also hit a batter. The Giants had plenty of chances, but just weren't able to capitalize. Butler secured his second major league win, but we remain skeptical about his ability to remain healthy and be a fantasy asset this season.
Apr 13 - 8:33 PM

After LaTroy Hawkins was pulled from the closer role earlier in the day, Rafael Betancourt tossed a perfect ninth inning against the Giants on Monday for his first save of the season.

It was actually his first save since August 22, 2013. Betancourt struck out two in the spotless frame. Rockies manager Walt Weiss hasn't committed to one pitcher for save chances, so Betancourt could continue to get looks. Adam Ottavino threw 2 1/3 innings between Saturday and Sunday, so he could have gotten the call Monday if he was available. He's the best long-term bet in this bullpen.
Apr 13 - 8:31 PM

Troy Tulowitzki had an RBI single in Monday's win over the Giants.

The Rockies got some insurance in the seventh inning on an error from Chris Heston on a play at home plate, but Tulo's fourth-inning single was all they needed. He finished 1-for-4 on the day and is batting .370 (10-for-27) with six doubles and five RBI through seven games. Who knows how long he'll stay healthy, but he appears back to 100 percent after hip surgery.
Apr 13 - 8:30 PM

Rockies manager Walt Weiss told LaTroy Hawkins that he would not be closing games for the time being.

Weiss termed it as Hawkins getting "a break" from closing, which strikes as incredibly euphemistic. In the first week of the season, Hawkins blew two saves and allowed five runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched. Rafael Betancourt and Adam Ottavino are in position to see the most save chances moving forward, but Ottavino is the one with the higher upside and the one to pick up if available.
Apr 13 - 3:03 PM

LaTroy Hawkins gave up two runs in 2/3 of an inning, blowing the save and ultimately helping send the Rockies to a loss against the Cubs on Sunday.

Hawkins was handed a 5-3 lead when he entered with one out in the ninth inning. After a walk, a wild pitch and an RBI single, Hawkins served up a two-run home run to new Cub Dexter Fowler. The Rockies were unable to rally in the bottom of the ninth. The veteran also blew the save in Wednesday's game against the Brewers. Hawkins has saved 36 games over the past two seasons, but he's not a dominant pitcher and in terms of fantasy, he ranks near the bottom of the barrel. Adam Ottavino's time may be coming.
Apr 12 - 8:52 PM

Jordan Lyles surrendered five runs (three earned) over six innings against the Cubs on Sunday.

It was a hit-and-miss outing for Lyles, who struck out three and walked three in the contest. He was somewhat undone by his defense in the fifth inning, when the Rockies committed two errors, but it didn't help that Lyles gave up an RBI single to Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks. Lyles posted a 4.33 ERA in 2014 and at just 24 years old, he's a solid young asset for the Rockies. He'll face off with the Padres next.
Apr 12 - 8:43 PM

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