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Weekend Links: Rockies News 5/11


After falling to the Cardinals and a spectacular performance from rookie starter Shelby Miller Friday night, the Rockies have lost five of their last seven games. They look to get back on track in St. Louis this afternoon. In the meantime, Roy Oswalt is trying to work his way up to the rotation from extended spring training and Charlie Blackmon, Tyler Colvin, and DJ LeMahieu are all left waiting for their chances to make an impact with the Rockies. Here’s what else is happening with Rockies news and around the rest of the league.

From Troy Renck (via Twitter)

From Irv Moss: Tyler Anderson, a former first-round pick of Colorado Rockies, solid so far (Denver Post)

The lanky, 6-foot-4 left-hander had a 12-3 record last year with Single-A Asheville, his first professional season after the Rockies made him a first-round draft pick in 2011 out of the University of Oregon. Anderson has moved up a step on the player development ladder this year and is pitching at Modesto in the advanced Single-A California League.

From Mark Townsend: The Juice: Shelby Miller retires 27 straight Rockies in one-hit shutout; Jon Lester one-hits Blue Jays (Big League Stew – Yahoo!)

A remarkable Friday night for starting pitchers was highlighted by the dazzling performance of St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller. The 22-year-old was basically untouchable, allowing only an Eric Young Jr. single leading off the game en route to his first career complete game shutout and a 3-0 victory for St. Louis.

That’s right, Miller retired 27 batters in a row (with 13 strikeouts) and essentially equaled a perfect game, but had to settle for one of the most dominant one-hit performances we’ve seen in recent history. So dominant, in fact, that according to Yahoo!’s own Jeff Passan, only 18 pitchers have posted a higher nine-inning game score than Miller’s 98 since 1916.

I bet that feels pretty good, no?

From David Martin: Root Sports has an opportunity to make things right by bringing back Tom Helmer (Rockies Review)

Word is spreading that Joel Klatt, the Root Sports pre and post game host for Rockies games, will be leaving Root Sports on July 1st to join the new Fox Sports network, Fox Sports 1.

Klatt joining the Rockies crew was unpopular from the beginning, and he never was a big hit with Rockies fans. He replaced the uber-popular Tom Helmer on the broadcasts. Helmer was always entertaining. He would famously dance on the table after Rockies wins. The reason Rockies fans gather behind the cameras after the game is because of Helmer. There is no doubt that he increased ratings for the non-game action part of the Root broadcasts…

…Root Sports could make a huge statement to their fans, and boost their viewership immediately by repairing the bridge and reacquiring Helmer. The move would bring excitement and joy to a Rockies fan base that has hoped for a less-serious pre and postgame show since Helmer was let go.

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