Sep 9, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher J. Edgin (66) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies move on from Washington to New York City, where they will play the formerly hapless and now pretty decent New York Mets.
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The Colorado Rockies continue this difficult east coast road trip against pretty good teams that pitch pretty well by facing the New York Mets — another pretty decent club that throws very well and is surely going to give the Rockies some offensive fits at Citi Field.
So let’s get down on some recent Rockies news, some maybe new Mets news to some of you who have never seen them before (well, you know, you don’t see them very often — not like never never), and maybe even some general baseball news if I can find some cool links.
Here ya go, kiddies:
Unconfirmed reports about Brendan Rodgers (Purple Row).
Drew Creasman over at Purple Row does a very good job of reminding you that this is a little bit speculative, so don’t go off and go crazy on this news about the Rockies’ top draft pick this year, but it is important.
The transition from high school to pro ball is a huge one for a lot of guys, regardless of talent — and that transition will challenge him again when he jumps from rookie ball to full-season leagues. But that’s normal. Just hope that they manage him well enough so it doesn’t become a more serious problem (like a nagging injury brought about by poor mechanics during a fatigued period).
Appreciating CarGo and the most exciting play in sports (Purple Row).
More good stuff from PR about Carlos Gonzalez‘s unlikely home run on Friday night that turned out to be the game-winning grand slam, with two outs in the eighth inning of a game where the Rockies were down three runs and facing one of the best relievers in the game.
The improbable story of baseball’s wildest comeback (Deadspin).
This is a great story Deadspin ran this week about the time in 2001 when the Cleveland Indians overcame a 12-run deficit to win a game against the Seattle Mariners (who were at that time the very, very best team in the league, by far). Fun read and good accounts of the game from a lot of different angles.
Diamondbacks retire Big Unit’s #51 jersey (MLB.com).
The Diamondbacks did things right by Randy Johnson this week, retiring his jersey as he went into the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame as one of the 2015 inductees.
The state of the ‘win’ stat (Sports On Earth).
Here’s a really interesting piece about the ‘win’ stat in baseball, and how increasingly it doesn’t matter as teams evaluate players, fans evaluate teams, and everybody analyzes everything on a deeper level. It’s not just a matter of saber metrics, either (although that’s a huge part of it), but rather, it’s also an acknowledgment of some of the flukey ways that guys get wins (or don’t) over the course of a year.