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Morning Links: Rockies News 4/26

The Colorado Rockies are hanging tough at 13-11. What might be more promising is the fact that you could argue they have left wins on the table. Their +0.79 run differential per game is best in the National League West (stat from Baseball Prospectus). If nothing else, this team has consistently been competitive through its first 24 games.

Transactions were the story of Friday: the team demoted Chad Bettis in favor of Chris Martin, they shifted Brett Anderson to the 60-day disabled list, and they signed Rafael Betancourt to a minor league deal. As they continue a tough road trip, here’s what else is happening with the Rockies.

From Eric Garcia McKinley: The Rockies and the Infield Shift (Rockies Zingers)

We know that the Rockies did not shift the infield very often, but it is worth showing that there may be a good reason for the lack of shifting. It’s quite possible that shifting wouldn’t appreciably contribute to more outs, and that the team is successful without it. This has to do with the type of pitchers the Rockies like to employ, as well as the infield defense behind those pitchers.”

From Jeff Passan (Yahoo!) via Twitter

From Dan Carson: Colorado Rockies Put Up Signs Prohibiting Marijuana in Smoking Areas (Bleacher Report)

The point is this: When and where you can smoke marijuana remains a subject of contention in Colorado. Some companies are cracking down, others will likely open up to the practice.

Until then, it would appear Coors Field will remain marijuana-free.”

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