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Morning Links: Rockies News 5/8

Remember the days when we panned the Colorado Rockies front office and ownership, baffled and frustrated by a series of transactions that just didn’t make sense? Remember the days when it was in fashion to mope about how the Rockies’ owners don’t care about winning?

It feels like it was only two months ago…probably because it was only two months ago. Man, those were the days.

The Rockies pummeled the Texas Rangers again on Wednesday night by a final score of 9-2, continuing their hot hitting away from Coors Field. Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies and around the rest of baseball.

From Thomas Harding: CarGo joining in Rockies’ hit parade (MLB.com)

Gonzalez entered Wednesday night’s game at Globe Life Park on an eight-game hit streak during which he hit .400 (14-for-35) with five doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs. He drew relaxation from knowing his slump didn’t send the Rockies’ season off the rails.

‘It’s been fun, and I haven’t felt like this for a while — the last time I felt like this was 2009,’ said Gonzalez, referring to the last time the Rockies went to the playoffs. ‘It’s the feeling that you can win every game and it’s not up to you. It’s about everybody.’”

From Bryan Kilpatrick: Thursday Pebble Report: Ryan Wheeler, Kyle Parker key Sky Sox rally (Purple Row)

The Sky Sox entered the late innings facing a 5-3 deficit but were able to keep it there after Chad Bettis tossed a pair of scoreless innings in which he hit a batter, gave up a single and struck out one. That allowed the offense to come through with six runs in the bottom of the eighth. The first scored as a result of a pair of fielding errors, then Tim Wheeler plated a run by getting plunked with the bases loaded. That set the stage for the big hits from Parker and Ryan Wheeler.”

From Ben Dieter: Texas Rangers: From Bad to Worse (Nolan Writin’)

Adrian Beltre hit his 100 home run in a Texas Rangers uniform last night, but it didn’t mean a great deal since not a lot of people were still paying attention to the game by that point. The Texas Rangers were blown out for the third game in a row, and they have now been outscored by the Rockies 29-5. And remember, Adrian Beltre was responsible for all 3 runs the last two games. That means the remainder of the Texas Rangers have combined for 2 runs in three games so far while the pitching has given up 29. I would call that a lack of run support.”

From Jay Jaffe: Can surprising Miami Marlins make their early-season success last? (SI.com)

Indeed, after taking series from the Braves (now 18-14), Dodgers (19-15) and Mets (16-17, but recently 15-11), the Marlins have not only shown — perhaps fleetingly — that they can beat above-average teams, but coming into Wednesday, they had put together the NL’s highest third-order winning percentage at .629. That’s their Pythagorean winning percentage, adjusted for run elements and quality of opponent offense and defense. In all of the majors, only the A’s (.634) have a higher percentage.”

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