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Morning Links: Rockies News 5/2

All told the Colorado Rockies had a pretty great night on Thursday. They defeated the New York Mets 7-4 thanks to an outstanding night from Juan Nicasio, both on the mound and at the plate. Tyler Chatwood‘s MRI revealed a less serious injury than initially feared on his pitching elbow. Carlos Gonzalez, forced to exit the game early because of a finger injury, does not believe his injury is serious either.

Meanwhile guys like Troy Tulowitzki, Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, and Justin Morneau remain white hot at the plate. The Rockies will try to keep up their winning ways against the New York Mets on Friday night with Jorge De La Rosa starting opposite Zack Wheeler. Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies and around the rest of the league.

From Nick Groke: Red-hot Blackmon: Best of Rockies still to come (Denver Post)

But Blackmon, who has played well enough to challenge all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on baseball’s leaderboard, said it’s too early to judge the Rockies’ offense.

‘There’s going to be a period of time, maybe not right now, maybe when we get a little healthier, when we really start rolling,’ the outfielder said.”

From Jason Martinez: Rolling Rockies Finding Wins to Go Along with All Their Offense in 2014 (Bleacher Report)

Not only do the Rockies have a 17-13 record, good for third in the NL West and just a game behind the first-place San Francisco Giants, they also lead the NL in run differential (+27). And they’re doing it with a very well-balanced roster that appears to finally have enough pitching depth to compete over a 162-game season. This has rarely been the case over the years.”

From Thomas Lynch: 5 Good Things About the Diamondbacks in April (Venom Strikes)

Miguel Montero is back. Like Prado, Miggy also started off 2013 extremely slowly. Unlike Prado, he never recovered. Even before last night’s game-ending home run, Montero was showing the world that his struggles of the prior season were over…He has an impressive .278/.378/.433 line and is third on the team in RBI’s with 16.”

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