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Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Past articles by Tony:

Where could Greg Holland go in free agency?

The Colorado Rockies made the jump from 80 wins and a -15 run differential in 2016 to 87 wins, a +67 run differential and a wild-card spot in 2017 predominantly on the strength of an improved pitching staff. As surprisingly effective as their young rotation was, it was Greg Holland who brought order to the […] → Read More

Rockies Fought To The End In Wild Loss To D-Backs

PHOENIX — Carlos Gonzalez stood on first base following his two-out RBI single in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s wild 11-8 NL wild-card game, and shared a moment with D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. “I told him, ‘this is the craziest game I’ve ever been involved in’,” Gonzalez said. That’s one word for it. Memorable […] → Read More

Here’s how Rockies can win wild-card game

PHOENIX — They share a spring-training complex and play each other 19 times every season, so there are no secrets when it comes to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. They will meet once again in the NL wild-card game on Wednesday night in Chase Field, with the Rockies (87-75) as decided underdogs who finished […] → Read More

DeMarco | Rockies Offense Slumping At Worst Time

DENVER — For the first time in a long time, the Colorado Rockies will be playing meaningful September baseball. But do they know where their offense is? The Rockies’ next 14 games will go a long way in determining whether they hang onto the second National League wild card spot. They will face the suddenly […] → Read More

DeMarco | Rockies Must Dig Deep To Hold Onto Playoff Spot

The regular season has been reduced to five weeks, and it’s hard to find a National League team in a bigger win-now situation than the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies’ lead in the second wild card chase is dwindling — from 7.5 games at the All-Star break to 3.5 games through Sunday — while their roster […] → Read More

Has Greg Holland Overcome His Recent Struggles?

Do the Colorado Rockies have their closer back? Greg Holland got through a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth on Thursday to preserve a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. It wasn’t exactly pretty or dominant — two line drives and a fly ball — but the outing was a marked change from Holland’s alarming […] → Read More

DeMarco | Brewers Still In Race Whether You Buy In Or Not

DENVER — Milwaukee Brewers rookie right-hander Brandon Woodruff had made it through 4.2 innings with a 3-1 lead on Saturday night — one out away from qualifying for a potential win. Woodruff had thrown 81 pitches, and the situation he faced wasn’t particularly threatening — a runner on first and two outs with Gerardo Parra […] → Read More

DeMarco | Chad Bettis uplifting as well as dominant in return to mound

DENVER — All along, Chad Bettis knew this night would happen. He knew he was going to win his fight with cancer. He knew he would step back on a major league mound again. But this? “It doesn’t get much better than that from my standpoint,’’ Bettis said afterward. No, it doesn’t. There have been […] → Read More

Demarco | Lucroy Fit In Colorado Could Extend Beyond 2017

DENVER — Just over a calendar year ago, Jonathan Lucroy was an All-Star who could have become a Cleveland Indian. He didn’t. Then, anything that could go wrong did go wrong. Until now. He’s a Colorado Rockie, and it appears to be a near-perfect fit. Lucroy is happy to be with a contender, and just wants […] → Read More

Amed Rosario has arrived

DENVER — So it begins for Amed Rosario — the best reason left for hope in what has turned into a lost season for the New York Mets. This was supposed to be a different kind of year in Queens — one defined by playoff contention led by a dominant rotation. It hasn’t turned out […] → Read More

Astros come up short on deadline day

The Houston Astros will be measured by what happens in October. The pre-trade deadline flurry on Monday won’t help their chances. “We wanted to upgrade the team, but we have our limits,’’ general manager Jeff Luhnow told the Houston media in a post-deadline press conference at Minute Maid Park. That’s not exactly Theo Epstein’s “if […] → Read More

Rockies get Pat Neshek — Is Jonathan Lucroy next?

The Colorado Rockies front office is making its stance quite clear as Monday’s trade deadline nears: It’s go-time for a playoff push. → Read More

Rockies managing rookie pitcher workloads

DENVER — Glance at Major League Baseball’s rookie pitching leaders, and you’ll see Colorado Rockies everywhere. The first four names on the wins list are Rockies: Antonio Senzatela (10), Kyle Freeland (9), German Marquez (7) entering a start tonight, and Jeff Hoffman (6), who’s in a three-way tie for fourth. Freeland tops the innings pitched […] → Read More

Bullpen remains Rockies most pressing deadline need

DENVER — Thirty-six runs on the board in a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres tells you that what’s been wrong with the Colorado Rockies’ offense is beginning to correct from within — as opposed to, say, adding J.D. Martinez, who went to the Arizona Diamondbacks instead. In fact, throw in a 13-run outburst […] → Read More

What did we learn about the Rockies after rough week?

Their losing streak has reached five games, and the most recent defeat was an ugly and potentially demoralizing one. After leading by as many as five runs, the Colorado Rockies collapsed in the late innings and were swept out of Dodger Stadium on Sunday. Top setup man Adam Ottavino threw four wild pitches that led […] → Read More

Trevor Story Learning To Re-Adjust In Year 2

Trevor Story has packed so much activity and detail into the first 153 games of his major league career. Hardly any aspect of his game is ordinary, and virtually every dimension of his journey is dramatic in one way or another. Consider the plus-minus in what essentially is Story’s first full big league season, but […] → Read More

Rockies have depth to avoid major trade

The Colorado Rockies’ place in the National League playoff picture gains more legitimacy with each passing day. This isn’t your typical set of numbers heading into June 10: Overall record: 40-23 — best in the National League by percentage points over the Washington Nationals, thanks to a current six-game winning streak, including the first two […] → Read More

DeMarco | Rockies Should Not Part With Top Prospect To Win Now

Let’s imagine this scenario unfolding over the next two months: The Colorado Rockies’ rookie-laden rotation holds up well, bolstered by the impending return of Jon Gray. Greg Holland keeps his Comeback Player of the Year-type rebound going, leading a deeper-than-usual bullpen. The National League’s haves-and-have-nots mixture — six teams with winning records and nine with […] → Read More

Tyler Anderson Looking Like His Promising Self Again

While three rookie starting pitchers have formed the most surprising components of the Colorado Rockies’ rise to the top of the National League standings, Tyler Anderson is still playing catch-up. Anderson’s month of May has marked a dramatic improvement from his April, and he gets his final shot in the month tonight against the Seattle […] → Read More

Zack Wheeler a rare feel-good story for Mets this season

Not much has gone right for the New York Mets this season. From Yoenis Cespedes to Noah Syndergaard to Travis d’Arnaud to Jeurys Familia, injuries have stretched the roster with predictably bad results. It took a combined shutout from Jacob deGrom and three relievers on Friday night to break a season-worst seven-game losing streak. The […] → Read More