Weekly Link Round-Up

  • Big League Stew examines the new playoff structure and points out that the Rockies’ dramatic 163rd game in 2007 would have been unnecessary had there been 10 playoff teams back then.
  • Andrew Fisher knows more about the Rockies on Twitter than anybody else, so if you want to follow them, you’d better check out his list.
  • Former Rockie Craig Baker gave us a look at what major league camp in Scottsdale is like.
  • In the second round of Seedlings to Stars’ mock draft, the Rockies took pitcher Ty Buttrey.
  • Chicken Friars’ Justin Hunter thinks that the NL West is a sleeper division. He doesn’t have much to say about the Rockies, but they’re a part of his theory all the same.
  • Now that Ubaldo’s spoken his mind, Cargo and Tulo no longer feel the need to keep their thoughts to themselves. So this happened.
  • And finally, Fangraphs released their position power rankings this week. Here are links to each piece and a few thoughts on where the Rockies fell.
  • Catcher: Guess what! The Rockies are ranked higher than the team with Miguel Olivo! But lower than the teams with Yorvit Torrealba and Chris Iannetta.
  • First base: Dropped the ball. Why can’t the Toddfather get some respect around here?
  • Second base: Got this one wrong too, except this time the Rockies are ranked too high. Marco Scutaro is not THAT great, guys.
  • Shortstop: Redemption for Fangraphs.
  • Third base: The Rockies suck. But that’s only the case as long as Nolan Arenado remains in the “prospect” category.
  • Center field: I think they were a little generous, but we got extra points just because Carlos Gonzalez can potentially stray into center and make a catch if he wants to.
  • Right field: Pretty much spot on, I think.
  • Left field: Almost spot on, though why people still think Matt Holliday is better than Cargo is really beyond me.
  • Starting rotation: I hate to admit it, but I think they might be right with this one. On the other hand, they may have just drawn a number out of a hat, since nobody really knows how these guys are going to do.