Player News - Rockies

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DJ LeMahieu finished 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's game against the Nationals.

LeMahieu has collected two or more hits in nine of his past 15 games, raising his average to .295. He isn't posting many RBI near the top of the Colorado lineup, but he is piling up the hits and getting on base. The reigning National League batting champ continues to be a viable fantasy option in all formats.
Apr 26 - 2:08 AM

Charlie Blackmon finished 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's game against the Nationals.

Blackmon is on a serious offensive roll, posting at least two RBI for the fifth consecutive outing. The outfielder has hit safely in 10 straight games, and 15 of the past 16 contests. He is hitting .341 (14-for-41) with five homers and 15 RBI during his impressive 10-game run.
Apr 26 - 2:04 AM

German Marquez was hammered for eight earned runs, nine hits and three walks with just two strikeouts over four innings in a loss against the Nationals on Tuesday.

Marquez managed to throw just 51 of his 85 pitches for strikes. He had been cruising along with solid numbers at Triple-A Albuquerque, but he was beaten up pretty badly against the star-studded Washington lineup in the rarefied air in Denver. The team is undecided about Sunday's starter in Arizona with Jon Gray (foot) on the shelf. It's possible Marquez could get another chance, but he isn't worth a roll of the dice in most fantasy formats and DFS play.
Apr 26 - 1:57 AM

Rockies recalled RHP German Marquez from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Marquez will start for the Rockies on Tuesday night against the Nationals after posting a 2.70 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 18/0 K/BB ratio over 10 innings (two starts, one relief appearance) at Triple-A. He could be up for a couple turns in the Colorado rotation, but there are better streaming options.
Apr 25 - 5:14 PM

Rockies optioned Of Stephen Cardullo to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Cardullo was 4-for-28 (.143) with zero extra-base hits through 15 games this season with Colorado. This move clears a spot for Tuesday's starter German Marquez.
Apr 25 - 5:12 PM

Rockies prospect Raimel Tapia picked up three hits on Monday for Triple-A Albuquerque.

He's now hitting .356 on the season in the PCL. Tapia didn't have any success in his (very) short stay with the Rockies, but that shouldn't scare you. The Rockies outfield depth should scare you. Tapia might need a trade for him to fulfill his fantasy promise.
Apr 25 - 1:35 PM

Mark Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Monday in the Rockies' 8-4 win over the Nationals.

Reynolds was pretty quiet for two weeks after his blistering start, but now he has two homers in his last three games. It means the Rockies will likely bring Ian Desmond back from the DL as an outfielder initially, though Reynolds could still be pushed back into a reserve role when David Dahl is ready.
Apr 25 - 12:58 AM

Tyler Anderson yielded four runs in 5 2/3 innings Monday in a no-decision against the Nationals.

Anderson is 0-for-5 turning in quality starts this year, and his ERA sits at 7.11. His 22/8 K/BB ratio in 25 1/3 innings isn't bad, but he's on thin ice at the moment. Assuming that he remains in the rotation -- a pretty good bet with Jon Gray on the disabled list -- he'll get the Diamondbacks next.
Apr 25 - 12:56 AM

Tony Wolters finished 3-for-4 with a couple of RBI against the Nationals in Monday's win.

Wolters has been great with Tom Murphy out, hitting .351 in 37 at-bats. It's surprising that the Rockies haven't played him over Dustin Garneau more consistently (Garneau has 33 at-bats), given that he's the stronger defender and the far better hitter to date.
Apr 25 - 12:50 AM

Ian Desmond (hand) took batting practice on Monday.

It's the first time he's taken BP on the field since he suffered a fracture in his left hand in mid-March. The Rockies haven't said when Desmond would begin a rehab assignment, but it should be just right around the corner. A return in early May is looking likely.
Apr 24 - 5:18 PM

German Marquez is expected to start on Tuesday against the Nationals.

It's the first time the Rockies have needed a fifth starters since Jon Gray (foot) went down. Marquez hasn't officially been added to the roster yet, but he was spotted in the clubhouse Monday. The righty figures to make a handful of starts with Gray still a few weeks away from a return.
Apr 24 - 5:15 PM

Rockies manager Bud Black indicated Sunday that Ian Desmond (hand) could see some playing time in the outfield when he returns.

Desmond was signed to a five-year, $70 million contract over the winter with the expectation that he'd start at first base, but with Mark Reynolds hitting well to begin the season, the Rockies may want to keep his bat in the lineup. Regardless of where he plays, fantasy owners are anxiously awaiting Desmond's return which appears to be on track for early May.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 23 - 9:55 PM

Gerardo Parra went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Parra smacked a two-run home run off Jeff Samardzija in the fourth inning. That boosted the Rockies to a 3-0 advantage, more than enough for an on-point Kyle Freeland to work with. Just for good measure, he added an RBI single in the sixth. Parra has hit two home runs and driven in 10 runs during the early going and is working to a hot .333/.373/.479 triple-slash as he nears the close to the first month of the season.
Apr 23 - 6:17 PM

Trevor Story went 1-for-4 with a two-run single in Sunday's win over the Giants.

The Rockies were already leading 4-0 when Story stepped to the plate with two on and one out against Jeff Samardzija in the sixth inning. He proceeded to pick up an RBI single, driving Samardzija from the game in the process. It was a brief ray of sunshine in what has otherwise been a miserable start to the season for Story, who is hitting just .154/.257/.400 over 65 at-bats. In that space, he has whiffed 29 times. The power is still there -- he launched a grand slam on Friday for his fourth home run of the season -- but the occasional power connection is just about all he has going for him these days.
Apr 23 - 6:14 PM

Kyle Freeland pitched beautifully in Sunday's 8-0 win over the Giants, firing off seven innings of scoreless ball.

Freeland scattered six hits and walked only one on the afternoon. The lack of runners on base -- plus only three strikeouts recorded -- allowed for a very low pitch count, as he exited after seven innings having thrown a mere 93 pitches (57 strikes). Through four starts, the 23-year-old southpaw is pitching to a 3.32 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 14/10 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings. Outside of a six-run blowup against the Padres on April 12, Freeland has surrendered just two runs combined in his other three starts (17 innings). A road showdown with the Diamondbacks shows next on his schedule.
Apr 23 - 6:01 PM


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