Drew Pomeranz struggled once again on Monday night. Image: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Links: Rockies News 7/23


The Colorado Rockies are 48-52, leaving them 4.5 games out of first place in the National League West. After losing 3-1 to the Miami Marlins last night, they play game two of a four game set Tuesday at Coors Field. Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies and around the rest of the league:

From Troy Renck: Rockies’ offense, Pomeranz again struggle in loss to Marlins (Denver Post)

Have the Rockies had enough of Pomeranz to make a switch in the rotation? The left-hander worked hard over the last week to improve, even adding a slider in an act of admission and desperation, but showed no progress in a 3-1 loss Monday night to the Miami Marlins at Coors Field.

“He has left the Rockies with little debate after a night when the offense provided no help, continuing a troubling stretch of inconsistency this month.”

From TJ Quinn, Jerry Crasnick, Wallace Matthews and Todd Willis: Ryan Braun suspended rest of year (ESPN)

The suspension includes the final 65 games of the Brewers’ season and any potential postseason games this year. As a result, Braun will lose $3.25 million.

“According to an Associated Press source, 50 games of the penalty were connected to Biogenesis. The additional 15 games stemmed from Braun’s actions during the grievance that overturned his positive test from October 2011. The suspension will count as a first violation of the drug program, the source told the AP.”

From David Cucchiara: Colorado Rockies: State of the Franchise at the Season’s 100-Game Mark (Bleacher Report)

Chacin, Chatwood and De La Rosa have been great, but it’s the back end of the rotation that’s keeping the Rox below the .500 mark.

“Juan Nicasio has pitched well in his last two starts, allowing just one run in his last 12 innings, but has yet to go a month without getting shelled at least twice. He’s had his moments, but the 26-year-old has been unable to stay consistent.

“The Rockies have lost six games in which Nicasio was given four or more runs of support.”

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