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By Manny Randhawa / MLB.com DENVER — Though their season came to an end on Sunday at Coors Field, the Rockies took a step forward in 2018. As the final out was recorded in a 6-0 loss to the Brewers that completed a National League Division Series sweep, there was a sense of optimism in […]

DENVER — When you talk to Kyle Freeland about pitching, one thing becomes abundantly clear in the first seconds of that conversation: he has conviction about his craft. His tone is resolute. Words like “attack” and “relentlessly” are part of the dialogue. So when he explains how he is doing what he is doing, he […]

DENVER — “Are you back?” That was my question to Nolan Arenado, though, to be fair, it wasn’t really fair. You see, Arenado had been mired in a slump for the better part of a month, and the question was posed after one [very] good game. Arenado has maintained that a strained shoulder that had […]

DENVER — In 2017, Nolan Arenado had a Nolan Arenado season: he hit .309/.373/.586 with 37 home runs, good for a 129 weighted runs created plus (and when you play your home games at Coors Field, wRC+ or OPS+ is a requisite measure for any offensive player). Arenado also came through in high-leverage situations — […]

DENVER — Ryan McMahon stopped guessing. “Right now, I’m just staying in my lane,” said the rookie infielder. “Doing my thing.” “Right now” is since he was last called up from Triple-A Albuquerque in late July. And “doing my thing” is hitting .344 (11-for-32) with a double and a pair of homers in 14 games […]

DENVER — Before he moved back to his natural position of shortstop this season, Manny Machado was among the premier third basemen in the game. And by using the word “natural” to describe his place at short, the term is being used in its strictest sense, given how incredible Machado was at the hot corner. […]

DENVER — A few hours before he hit the longest home run at Coors Field this season, Ian Desmond was talking about factory settings. You know, like factory settings on your computer. “It was about resetting back to my swing that I had since I was in my young 20’s — even before that,” Desmond […]

DENVER — Wade Davis doesn’t like to think about baseball when he wakes up in the morning. He said as much after closing out the Rockies’ 10-8 victory over the Mets on Wednesday. “You’ve just gotta free your mind,” said Colorado’s closer. “You’ve gotta have your outs.” By “outs,” the 32-year-old right-hander probably meant something […]

By Manny Randhawa / MLB.com Last Friday night in Anaheim, Mike Trout ripped a line drive with an exit velocity of 118.0 mph at Twins shortstop Gregorio Petit. The result was an out to end the game — a 5-4 loss vs. Minnesota — but it was the hardest batted ball any Angels player has […]