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Broncos release 2017 training camp schedule
The Broncos will return to the field July 27 for the first of 12 training camp practices open to the public. The team will conclude their camp in Santa Clara, Calif., where they will have two joint practices with the 49ers (Aug. 16-17) and one solo practice (Aug. 18) before the teams meet for a Week 2 preseason game at Levi’s Stadium (Aug. 19, 8 p.m. MDT). This year will be the third consecutive training camp in which the Broncos have practiced with the 49ers ahead of their preseason matchup. But it will be the first time since 2007 (Dallas) the Broncos have traveled for joint practices. New this year for the 12 practices at Dove Valley will be the presence of food trucks by the Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse, and “Kids Day” on Aug. 4 in celebration of Miles the Mascot’s birthday. All workouts open to fans at UCHealth Training Center will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at noon. Gates will open approximately 90 minutes before practice and seating along the grassy berm by the fieldhouse is first come, first serve. Broncos 2017 training camp schedule Dates and times subject to change Day Date Time Thursday July 27 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday July 28 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday July 29 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday July 30 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday July 31 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday Aug. 2 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday Aug. 3 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday Aug. 4 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday Aug. 5 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday Aug. 7 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday Aug. 8 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday Aug. 12 9:30 a.m. to noon Joint practices with 49ers are scheduled for Aug. 16 and 17. Related ArticlesJune 22, 2017 Lunch Special: What will the Nuggets do in the NBA draft? June 20, 2017 Lunch Special: Who’s leading the Broncos’ QB battle after minicamp? June 19, 2017 Broncos 53-man roster projection following spring workouts June 20, 2017 With new coaching regime, what is Broncos’ approach to advanced analytics? Attending Broncos training camp is one of The Know’s 100 Colorado summer bucket list items. Click here for more. [...]
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Chiefs sign Andy Reid to extension, part with GM John Dorsey
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs have given coach Andy Reid a contract extension and parted ways with general manager John Dorsey, making two massive decisions on what is typically a quiet week in the offseason. The 59-year-old Reid was entering the final year of the five-year deal he signed in 2013, shortly after the end of his long and mostly successful tenure in Philadelphia. Reid is 43-21 with three playoff appearances in four seasons in Kansas City, helping to deliver an AFC West title last season. Less than an hour after his extension was announced, the Chiefs said Dorsey — who was hired to work in tandem with Reid — would not be retained. Dorsey was also entering the final year of his contract. The Chiefs did not say who would take over the GM duties on an interim basis. Related ArticlesJune 22, 2017 What does Derek Carr’s new contract mean for Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins? June 22, 2017 Raiders QB Derek Carr agrees to $125 million, 5-year extension, per AP source June 21, 2017 David Harris, New England Patriots agree to deal, per AP source June 20, 2017 “My memory ain’t what it used to be”: Warren Sapp says he’ll donate his brain for CTE research June 19, 2017 It would be something if Brock Osweiler ends up the Browns’ starting quarterback [...]
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At No. 4, Avalanche could select an elite young defenseman
The NHL’s weakest team lost big in April’s draft lottery but still could be in position to select the draft’s best defenseman with the fourth overall pick. The Avalanche has many needs, but an elite young defenseman is at the top of the list. The candidates are Canadian junior-A star Cale Maker and Finnish professional Miro Heiskanen. Makar, 18, is the top-ranked North American defenseman (ninth overall) and Heiskanen, 17, is the No. 1 prospect among European blue-liners (fourth overall). The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers have the first two picks, respectively, and forwards Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick are expected to have their names called before Dallas goes on the clock with the third pick. The Stars will consider Maker, Heiskanen or a forward such as Cody Glass or Gabe Vilardi, both of major-junior’s Canadian Hockey League. Avalanche director of amateur scouting Alan Hepple said the team will take “the best available player,” regardless of position, but having Makar or Heiskanen on the board at No. 4 could change that plan. Colorado has selected just two defensemen in the first round in the last 10 drafts (Kevin Shattenkirk in 2007, 14th overall; Duncan Siemens in 2011, 11th overall). TOP PROSPECTS The order of the following rankings were made by Craig Button, TSN director of scouting. The comment is by Mike Chambers, The Denver Post. Top five forwards Nico Hischier, 6-foot-1, 176 pounds, Halifax (QMJHL) — In excellent position to become the highest-drafted Swiss-born player ever, Hischier led QMJHL rookies with 38 goals and 86 points in 57 games. He was named the leagues’s and Canadian Hockey League’s rookie of the year and awarded the Mike Bossy Trophy as the QMJHL’s best professional prospect. Plays like former Detroit star Pavel Datsyuk. Nolan Patrick, 6-2, 199, Brandon (WHL) — Given the CHL’s top draft prospect award after an injury-plagued season in which he produced 20 goals and 46 points in 33 games. Patrick is the No. 1 overall prospect by most scouts. … Was named the 2016 WHL playoff MVP after leading Brandon to league title. Cody Glass, 6-2, 178, Portland (WHL) — Perhaps the draft’s best two-way forward, Glass amassed 32 goals and 94 points in 69 games last season but is similarly impressive on the defensive end. Models his game after Boston’s Patrice Bergeron and his idol is Chicago’s Jonathan Toews — two of the NHL’s best two-way forwards. Gabe Vilardi, 6-3, 203, Windsor (OHL) — The Canadian had 29 goals in 49 games for the Memorial Cup-winning Windsor Spitfires. He won’t turn 18 until Aug. 16 and will be one of the youngest players in this year’s draft. … Compares his style of play to John Tavares. Martin Necas, 6-1, 178, Brno (Czech) — Ranked fifth among European skaters, Necas represented the Czech Republic at the 2017 World Junior Championship and the 2016 under-18 worlds and Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, where he served as captain and led the Czech’s to the gold medal. Says he likes to emulate Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Washington’s  Evgeny Kuznetsov. Related ArticlesJune 22, 2017 Colorado Avalanche 2017-18 regular season schedule June 22, 2017 Las Vegas-bound goalie Calvin Pickard: “It’s sad to leave the Avalanche” June 21, 2017 NHL expansion: Avalanche loses goalie Calvin Pickard to Vegas Golden Knights June 21, 2017 New Avalanche uniforms revealed for 2017-18 season June 21, 2017 Colorado Avalanche announces 2017 home opener Top five defensemen Cale Makar, 5-11, 187, Brooks (AJHL) — Widely considered the draft’s top defenseman, the University of Massachusetts-bound Makar put up extraordinary numbers (24 goals, 75 points in 54 games) before being named Canadian Junior Hockey League MVP, an award covering the entire 132-team CJHL. … Ranked ninth among North American skaters but could go as high as third overall. … Models his game from Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson. Miro Heiskanen, 6-1, 172, HIFK (Finland) — Just 17, Heiskanen played in Finland’s top professional league last season after dominating the junior scene. He has been a staple in Finland’s under-18 and World Junior Championship international teams and his experience diminishes his age; he turns 18 on July 18. … Lists Pavel Datsyuk as his childhood hockey idol. Timothy Liljegren, 6-0, 188, Rogle (Sweden) — LIke Heiskanen, Liljegren is his country’s best draft-eligible puck-moving defenseman. He has starred for Sweden in the various international tournaments and patterns his game after Swedish star Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators. Pierre-Olivier Joseph, 6-2, 163, Charlottetown (QMJHL) — He is ranked [...]
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Avalanche to begin 2017-18 season with three-game East Coast trip
The 2016-17 NHL-worst Avalanche will begin 2017-18 in the trenches of an East Coast trip beginning Oct. 5 at the New York Rangers. The three-game trip continues through New Jersey and Boston before completing a home-and-home set against the Bruins on Oct. 11 in Colorado’s home-opener at the Pepsi Center. The Avs open against the Rangers for the first time in club history, and the three-game trip marks the first of its kind to begin the season since 2000-01, when they opened with a four-game trip and went on to win the Stanley Cup. Related ArticlesJune 22, 2017 At No. 4, Avalanche could select an elite young defenseman June 22, 2017 Las Vegas-bound goalie Calvin Pickard: “It’s sad to leave the Avalanche” June 21, 2017 NHL expansion: Avalanche loses goalie Calvin Pickard to Vegas Golden Knights June 21, 2017 New Avalanche uniforms revealed for 2017-18 season June 21, 2017 Colorado Avalanche announces 2017 home opener Colorado’s season is highlighted by the NHL Global Series — two regular-season games against the Ottawa Senators in Stockholm, Sweden, Nov. 10-11. The Avs’ first meeting against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights is Oct. 27 in Las Vegas. The Avs have 26 games against Central Division foes, four fewer than last season. The Avs will play Dallas and St. Louis five times apiece; and Chicago, Minnesota, Nashville and Winnipeg four times each. Colorado will face two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh twice in eight days. The Avs visit the Penguins on Dec. 11 and host the Pens on Dec. 18. The Avalanche’s longest homestand is six games from Dec. 27 to Jan. 6, and their longest road trip is six games from Jan. 22 to Feb. 3 — but the team will return home in the middle of it for the all-star break. 2017-18 Avalanche schedule OCTOBER Day Date Opponent Time Thursday Oct. 5 at NY Rangers 5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 7 at New Jersey 5 p.m. Monday Oct. 9 at Boston 11 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 11 BOSTON 7:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 13 ANAHEIM 7 p.m. Saturday Oct. 14 at Dallas 6 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 17 at Nashville 6 p.m. Thursday Oct. 19 ST. LOUIS 7 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 24 DALLAS 7 p.m. Friday Oct. 27 at Vegas 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 28 CHICAGO 7 p.m. NOVEMBER Thursday Nov. 2 CAROLINA 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 4 at Philadelphia 5 p.m. Sunday Nov. 5 at NY Islanders 4 p.m. *Friday Nov. 10 OTTAWA (Sweden) 12 p.m. *Saturday Nov. 11 at Ottawa (Sweden) 11 a.m. Thursday Nov. 16 WASHINGTON 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 18 at Nashville 6 p.m. Sunday Nov. 19 at Detroit 4 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 22 DALLAS 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 24 at Minnesota 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 25 CALGARY 8 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 29 WINNIPEG 7:30 p.m. DECEMBER Friday Dec. 1 NEW JERSEY 7 p.m. Sunday Dec. 3 DALLAS 6 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 5 BUFFALO 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 7 at Tampa Bay 5:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 9 at Florida 5 p.m. Monday Dec. 11 at Pittsburgh 5 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 12 at Washington 5 p.m. Thursday Dec. 14 FLORIDA 7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 16 TAMPA BAY 7 p.m. Monday Dec. 18 PITTSBURGH 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 21 at Los Angeles 8:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 23 at Arizona 6 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 27 ARIZONA 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 29 TORONTO 7 p.m. Sunday Dec. 31 NY ISLANDERS 6 p.m. JANUARY Tuesday Jan. 2 WINNIPEG 7 p.m. Thursday Jan. 4 COLUMBUS 7 p.m. Saturday Jan. 6 MINNESOTA 1 p.m. ** BYE WEEK ** Saturday Jan. 13 at Dallas 7 p.m. Monday Jan. 15 ANAHEIM 1 p.m. Thursday Jan. 18 SAN JOSE 7 p.m. Saturday Jan. 20 NY RANGERS 1 p.m. Monday Jan. 22 at Toronto 5 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 23 at Montreal 5:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 25 at St. Louis 6 p.m. ** NHL ALL-STAR BREAK ** Tuesday Jan. 30 at Vancouver 8 p.m. FEBRUARY Thursday Feb. 1 at Edmonton 7 p.m. Saturday Feb. 3 at Winnipeg 5 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 6 SAN JOSE 7 p.m. Thursday Feb. 8 at St. Louis 6 p.m. Saturday Feb. 10 at Carolina 5 p.m. Sunday Feb. 11 at Buffalo 5 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 14 MONTREAL 7:30 p.m. Friday Feb. 16 at Winnipeg 6 p.m. Sunday Feb. 18 EDMONTON 1 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 20 at Vancouver 8 p.m. Thursday Feb. 22 at Edmonton 7 p.m. Saturday Feb. 24 at Calgary 2 p.m. Monday Feb. 26 VANCOUVER 7 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 28 CALGARY 7:30 p.m. MARCH Friday Mar. 2 MINNESOTA 7 p.m. Sunday Mar. 4 NASHVILLE 1 p.m. Tuesday Mar. 6 at Chicago 6:30 p.m. Thursday Mar. 8 at Columbus 5 p.m. Saturday Mar. 10 ARIZONA 1 p.m. Tuesday Mar. 13 at Minnesota 6 p.m. Thursday Mar. 15 at St. Louis 6 p.m. Friday Mar. 16 NASHVILLE 7 p.m. Sunday Mar. 18 DETROIT 1 p.m. Tuesday Mar. 20 at Chicago 6:30 p.m. Thursday Mar. 22 LOS ANGELES 7 p.m. Saturday Mar. 24 VEGAS 1 p.m. Monday Mar. 26 at Vegas 8 p.m. Wednesday Mar. 28 PHILADELPHIA 8 p.m. Friday Mar. 30 CHICAGO 7 p.m. APRIL [...]
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Garett Bolles has a great name for Von Miller
And it rhymes with “Rhinese Wagon.” Good morning, Broncos Country! Garett Bolles has a fabulous nickname for Von Miller. “I call Von Miller the ‘Chinese Dragon’ because he’s always moving and twisting.” - Garett Bolles, OT “I call Von Miller the ‘Chinese Dragon’ because he’s always moving and twisting,” said the rookie offensive tackle as he sat in the media booth with the Lacrosse Sports Network at last Saturday night’s Denver Outlaws game. And it’s no secret Bolles would likely know Miller’s mystical talent as the 2017 first-round draft pick has spent the past month getting to know the first-round pick of 2012.as the 2017 first-round draft pick has spent the past month getting to know the first-round pick of 2012 up close and personal. And he’d be the first to agree with the Chinese meaning behind “dragon:” The dragon is a symbol of power, strength and good luck for people who are worthy of it. That pretty much sums up Miller’s edge-rushing career so far - and Bolles is happy being part of the unit trying to slay it. “Von Miller, Shane Ray and all those guys on the defense, they’re there for a reason. We have the best defense in the nation in my opinion and it’s just going to make me better so when we play our conference - the best conference in the NFL - it will help me dramatically.” .@gbolles72 has an interesting new nickname for @VonMiller https://t.co/mGpH7EsjOD— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) June 19, 2017 Miller and several of his defensive teammates appear to have taken Bolles under their wing a bit to accelerate the rookie’s NFL education. “They’re great teammates. They come up to me and tell me, ‘hey your hands are low, your feet aren’t moving, you’re off-balance,” Bolles said. “They’re there to help me. They know I’m there to help them ... that’s how we are. We’re just a family.” And if you recall Bolles’ story, he’s a big fan of family. After getting kicked out of his house, it was his lacrosse coach Greg Freeman who took Bolles in and got him on the right path. “When I did something dumb, he picked me up and made sure I knew. He’s the only person who picked me up and shook me a little bit when I wasn’t doing my thing on the field.” - Garett Bolles about his father/coach, Greg Freeman. “He’s my dad. I love him dearly,” Bolles said. “When I did something dumb, he picked me up and made sure I knew. He’s only person who picked me up and shook me a little bit when I wasn’t doing my thing on the field. ...I’m just grateful for him.” Bolles’ gratitude for his father/coach is one of the reasons he still loves lacrosse, and his demo play before the Outlaws game on Saturday shows a rather agile offensive tackle picking up that lacrosse stick just like he was riding a bike. But he assures us that football is his true love (even if that sexy lacrosse was his first) and he has a lot of plans to improve in it before training camp in six weeks. “I’m just going to continue to run, hit the weight room to get stronger as fast as I can,” he said, noting that being an o-lineman is a game of strength. “It’s a man’s game so you got to make sure you’re eating right, lifting right, sleeping right.” So you can slay that Chinese dragon. Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement for T.D. - who’s going? Denver Broncos’ super stud running back Terrell Davis will finally be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (and we here at MHR are taking partial credit!). The ceremony will be Saturday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. EST. Tickets are on sale for the event and range from $40 - $175. MHR member OrangeandBluesBros tells me that hotels are booked in Canton, but there are rooms left in Akron, which is about 20 miles away. There also is some availability on Airbnb in Canton, but not much! If there are several Broncos fans from MHR planning to go, it would be fun to know and meet up. Let us know in the comments if you’re interested in going and starting an email chain to make plans for joining fellow MHR members to cheer TD when he puts on that gold jacket! #MotivationMonday courtesy of #PFHOF17 Class Member @Terrell_Davis #mondaymotivation #Motivate pic.twitter.com/DEg8VjAiB2— Pro Football HOF (@ProFootballHOF) June 12, 2017 Horse Tracks - docllv’s pick of the day Toughest AFC West coach job falls to familiar man | San Diego TribuneMike McCoy has the toughest coaching job in the AFC West - he has to pick a quarterback ... (well, read it!) Horse Tracks Mason's Mailbag: Areas of progress for Paxton Lynch, Trevor SiemianThe growth of the two young quarterbacks was on display as they split first-team repetitions the last four weeks. Denver Broncos hope beefed-up lines push them back into playoffsThe success of the Broncos' offseason could hinge on whether the significant investments they made to fix the offensive line pay off. Football Outsiders' 30 best NFL offenses of the past 30 years - 2017Tom Brady's [...]
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Football Outsiders ranks the 30 best offenses over the last 30 years according to DVOA
The Denver Broncos make the list twice and the results might be somewhat surprising. Football Outsiders and ESPN showcased their list of the 30 best offenses of the last 30 years on Monday. There have been many great offensive teams over the last 30 years, but it takes a truly remarkable unit to make this list. The Denver Broncos made the list twice and, surprisingly, the 1997 Super Bowl champion offense wasn’t one of them. Equally surprising, the record-breaking 2013 unit wasn’t even in the Top 10. 16. 2013 Denver Broncos +31.0 percent Peyton Manning blew away the NFL record with 55 passing touchdowns, which is how the Broncos rank so high despite a running game that was good but not great (10th in DVOA). This Broncos team has the sixth-best passing DVOA ever despite getting penalized for an easy schedule (30th). As fans, we really bought into that 606-point offensive juggernaut, but they were gobbled up by a historically good defense in the Legion of Boom and the Seattle Seahawks. Still, it is the NFL and to put up the kind of Star Wars numbers that Peyton Manning and that offense did is amazing. Instead, we should look to 1998 and that 14-2 Terrell Davis-led Broncos team that couldn’t be stopped by anyone. Only the pressure of being undefeated and the microscope of the media brought them down for a two-game stretch late in the season. 3. 1998 Denver Broncos +38.3 percent The 1998 Broncos had to overcome a lot to rank as one of the most powerful offenses in NFL history. Injuries kept John Elway out of three games and most of two others, and they faced the fourth-hardest schedule of opposing defenses that season. The Broncos' offense was not just potent but balanced, one of only two units to rank among the 25 best passing teams and the 25 best rushing teams during this 30-year time frame. The running game was the focus, of course, and only the 2000 Rams and 2011 Panthers had a higher rushing DVOA than the 1998 Broncos. Terrell Davis won the NFL MVP award with more than 2,000 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns, even though division rivals San Diego and Oakland ranked first and third in run defense DVOA. (Atlanta, the team Denver beat in the Super Bowl, ranked second.) Combine his performance with the opponent adjustment, and Davis had 602 rushing DYAR, the best season for any back in the past 30 years. The passing game was just as strong: Ed McCaffrey and Rod Smith both ranked among the top eight most valuable wide receivers, and Shannon Sharpe was second among tight ends behind New England's Ben Coates. Did you hear that Pro Football Hall of Fame voters? Terrell Davis had the best season of any running back of the last 30 years. I know, you heard and he’s finally getting that gold jacket. Thank you for that, by the way. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); The travesty that is Terrell Davis not being in the Pro Football Hall of Fame needs to end in 2017.Posted by Mile High Report: A Denver Broncos Blog on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 That 1998 offense was truly special and when they release their top 30 defenses of the last 30 years, I would expect the Broncos 2015 squad to rank fairly highly on their list as well. [...]
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Who are the best (and worst) fans in the NFL? New study has the answers
Cowboys fans are among the best in the NFL, like it or not. (Getty) Who are the best fans in the NFL? And who’s the worst? You have guesses. Emory University has knowledge. Let’s dive in. The study: Dr. Mike Lewis of Emory’s Goizueta Business School tracks [...]
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[MLS: Colorado Rapids] – Match Report | Colorado Rapids 1, LA Galaxy 3 | June 21, 2017
... pass across the face of goal to find McBean whose clever backheel snuck past Rapids keeper Tim Howard. The home side came close to a second equalizer when Sjöbe ... [...]
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2017 Draft Profile: Jordan Bell
Class: JuniorHt: 6-foot-9Wt: 227 pounds [...]
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Josh Kroenke Sits Down with Nuggets Insider Christopher Dempsey to Discuss State of Nuggets Team and More
Josh Kroenke, Nuggets president and governor, is bullish on his team’s future. [...]
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Broncos, Briefly: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
A quick look at the recent buzz on the Denver Broncos. [...]
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The Squeeze: Hall of Famers visit the Vatican City
A concentrated look at the recent juice on the Denver Broncos. [...]
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Kiszla: One trade the Rockies need to make to cement their status as World Series contenders
Summer is here, with the Colorado sun hotter than the race in the National League West. And the hardy Rockies bullpen is beginning to wilt. As an incorrigible worrywart, I felt obligated to ask manager Bud Black: Are his relievers tired? “I’m going to say no,” Black replied. “Have they been tested? Sure. Have they overall, in the big scheme of the season, done their job? Yes, for sure. Have there been some body blows over the last couple of weeks? Yes. Have they taken the body blows and held their ground? I think so. That’s going to happen during the course of a heavyweight fight. You’re going to take some blows.” Cut me, Mick. The Colorado bullpen can’t stop the bleeding. After losing 16-5 Wednesday to Arizona, the Rockies’ relievers have a horrendous 9.23 earned run average and a troubling 1.93 WHIP, while surrendering 12 home runs, during the past 10 games. Ouch. That’s a pummeling. Nobody’s panicking around here, even with the recent struggles of Mike Dunn, Jordan Lyles and Chad Qualls. Not to mention names, but if ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser says Colorado is a fraud, then he needs to take more treks between the White House and Capitol Hill to see what people not to be trusted look like. These Rockies are for real. While we can all get as moist as a beer bottle on a muggy, 96-degree afternoon while toasting our misty, water-colored memories of October 2007, this is the best team in franchise history. The time to go for the World Series is now. And that means general manager Jeff Bridich needs to be an aggressive buyer as the trade deadline approaches. Don’t get me wrong. Colorado doesn’t need much to hang with the Dodgers, Nationals or Cubs. The Rockies are two-deep in MVP candidates, with Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon. The kids in the starting rotation are all right, whether we’re talking now or in the August heat of a playoff race. But the Rockies appear to be one arm shy in the bullpen. I see three options to reinforce the relief corps. German Marquez, Rockies: Of all the young guns in the starting rotation, the stuff of Marquez seems most easily translated to the pen. Set up batters with his 95 mph fastball, put them away with that nasty curve. He could be a good answer in the seventh inning, but the Rockies can do better, if they’re willing to make a trade. Brad Hand, San Diego: The Padres are going nowhere in the NL West. But Hand will be in demand, not only because he is averaging 1.25 strikeouts per inning, but because the 27-year-old is a lefty and arbitration eligible for two more seasons. His bargain salary of $1.375 million, however, might well drive up the price a trade suitor must pay in minor-league prospects. Pat Neshek, Philadelphia: Can I make a little confession? I have a little man crush on Neshek. I’m enthralled by his funky sidearm delivery. And what’s not to like about the 36-year-old right-hander’s refusal to walk anybody, which gives him a WHIP under 1.00? His salary is $6.5 million. He’s a pending free agent. His past postseason experience with four major-league teams makes him an ideal hired gun. Related ArticlesJune 20, 2017 Kiszla: Trading for Jimmy Butler would be bigger get for Nuggets than hiring Chauncey Billups June 17, 2017 Kiszla: Why Nolan Arenado believes Rockies can be “most dangerous team in the major leagues” June 17, 2017 Kickin’ it with Kiz: Will Chris Paul be the NBA free agent to erase Denver’s reputation as a fly-over city? June 16, 2017 Kiszla: Only one word to describe these Rockies and this baseball-crazy town: Un-funky-believable June 15, 2017 Kiszla: If the Rockies are legit playoff contenders, Nolan Arenado must be legit MVP candidate Let’s give a standing ovation to Bridich for his recent rebuild of the relief corps. Now Bridich needs to grab his cellphone and work a trade for more bullpen help. Sooner rather than later, well before the wheeling and dealing gets totally insane in late July. The Rockies are 45-0 when leading after seven innings. Make the real strength of this team stronger, rather than allow Coors Field to wear out the bullpen. “If there are eight guys in the pen, you’d like to have five or six guys really throwing the ball well, and couple guys that are probably not,” Black said. “You need those type of ratios, of guys who are performing to guys who aren’t. The same thing as on the hitting side. The more that you get away from those good ratios and they become bad ratios? Rough action.” When I peer out to the Rockies’ bullpen in right field, the royal shade of purple is turning to a burned-out shade of brown. Well, the boss is in the house. I saw Dick Monfort wearing his trademark purple sneakers, leaning against [...]
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