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HELTON STILL A HIT
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YOUNG TACKLES OLD-TIMER ROLE

MCMORRIS WAS STABILITY IN ROCKIES BEGINNING

ROCKIES ARMED FOR THE FUTURE
SO MUCH FOR THE PLAN
FRANCIS UNDERSTANDS LIFE AT COORS FIELD

ROCKIES MAKE A PITCH BACK IN TIME

ROCKIES MAKE CALL TO THE PEN

ROCKIES ROTATION PITCHING IN

ROCKIES CAN USE SECOND HALF TO LOOK AT FUTURE

THE ARMS RACE

VERSATILITY PAYS DIVIDENDS

ROCKIES 2013 SCHEDULE

ROCKIES VS. DIAMONDBACKS

OCT. 1-3, CHASE FIELD

The Rockies previous all-time worst record is 67-95 in both 1993 and 2005. They were 68-94 in 2004, and 72-90 in 1999.

The Rockies and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, born of expansion in 1961, are the only franchises to have never suffered a 100-loss season. The Angels record is 95 losses in 1980 and 1988. Miami, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Arizona San Francisco have suffered a 100-loss season once. At the other extreme, Oakland, which previously was the Kansas City A's and Philadelphia A's, has 16, and Philadelphia has 14. Atlanta, previously the Milwaukee Braves and Boston Braves, have 13 each.

Rockies were shutout in back-to-back games at Los Angeles on Friday (8-0) and Saturday (3-0), the second time they have been shutout in back-to-back games this year, and the sixth time in franchise history. They lost back-to-back 1-0 games at Atlanta Sept. 5-6. They also lost back-to-back shutouts at San Francisco May 5-6, 2000, at San Diego Aug. 30-31, 2002, at Los Angeles Aug. 30-31, 2003 and at New York Mets July 28-30, 2009.

The Rockies are 9-19 all-time in October regular season games. Rockies October games. This is the 12th time in their 20 year history they have played a regular-season game in September.

They were 0-3 in 1993; 1-0 in 1995; 1-2 in 1999; 1-0 in 2000; 2-4 in 2001; 0-3 in 2004; 1-1 in 2005; 0-1 in 2006; 1-0 in 2007; 2-2 in 2009 and 0-3 in 2010. The Rockies did not play a September game in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003; 2008 and 2011.

The Rockies went into Sunday 27-50 on the road. Their worst road record was 25-56 in 2003. They were 26-55 in 2002; 27-54 in 2005, 28-53 in 1993 and 1996; 30-51 in 2004.

So Long September

Rockies went 9-20 in September, the worst September record in franchise history.

September struggles:

Year W L Pct.
2012 9 20 .310
2011 9 16 .360
2003 9 14 .391
2008 10 14 .417
1999 11 14 .444

Past Encounters

Arizona played the first game of its existence against the Rockies in Phoenix. Rockies won 9-2. Arizona, however, has a 146-110 edge on the Rockies, 77-59 at Chase Field. Arizona won 13 of 18 last year. Rockies have swept nine series from Arizona, two in Arizona. Arizona has swept the Rockies 13 times, 10 times in Arizona.

Earlier This Season

Arizona has won nine of 15 games with the Rockies this year, including 4 of 6 at Chase Field.

Gerardo Parra has hit .464 against the Rockies, second among all opponents to Matt Holliday's .484. Chris Johnson has hit .371, and John McDonald and Miguel Montero .364. Montego also has 3 home runs and 12 RBI. Aaron Hill, who has hit .354, has 11 RBI. Jason Kubel has 3 home runs and 11 RBI. Justin Upton has hit only .239 with 1 home run and 2 RBI, but has drawn 15 walks, most of any player against the Rockies. Buster Posey is second with 11.

Ian Kennedy is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 20 innings. Wade Miley is 2-8 with a 3.18 ERA. Bryan Shaw has worked 6 1/3 scoreless innings. J.J. Putz converted 4 of 5 save opportunities.

Wilin Rosario is hitting .395 with 3 home runs and 7 RBI against Arizona. Josh Rutledge has hit .333 and Jordan Pacheco has hit .326. Tyler Colvin is hitting .231.

Jeff Francis is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA. Matt Belisle has a 5.63 ERA, Josh Roenicke 5.56 and Rex Brothers 10.80.

DBacks of Late

Arizona has won 9 of its last 14 games, including 3 of 4 at Colorado, but was officially eliminated from the post-season race on Friday when St. Louis beat Washington. Diamondbacks went into Sunday needing two victories to have their fourth winning season in nine years. They had a winning record in five of their first six seasons of existence.

Ian Kennedy is the fourth Arizona pitcher to have back-to-back 15-win seasons. He won 21 games last year. The previous three were Randy Johnson (1999-2002), Curt Schilling (2001-02) and Brandon Webb (2006-07). Kennedy also is the fifth Diamondbacks pitcher with back-to-back 200-inning seasons. The others were Webb (2004-08), Johnson (1999-02), Dan Haren (2008-09) and Schilling (2001-02).

Justin Upton has scored 106, tied with Luis Gonzalez (2000) for the fifth best total in franchise history. He scored 105 last year, and has joined Ryan Braun, Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler as the only players with 100 runs scored in 2011 and 2012.

Aaron Hill's 180 hits are the fifth highest total in Arizona history.

                                                           Young and Restless

Rockies have used 50 players this season, five short of club record set in 2011. They have used 18 rookies, one shy of the club record set in 2005.

Rockies who appeared in 2012:

C (1): Wilin Rosario.

INFs (3): Josh Rutledge, Jordan Pacheco, D.J. LaMahieu, Thomas Field.

OFs (4): Andrew Brown, Charlie Blackmon, Matt McBride, Rafael Ortega.

Ps (10) Drew Pomeranz, Christian Friedrich, Carlos Torres, Adam Ottavino, Rob Scahill, Edwar Cabrera, Zach Putnam, Will Harris, Mike Ekstrom and Edgmer Escalona.

Manpower

Rafael Ortega became the 50th player to appear in a game for the Rockies this season, equaling the fifth highest total in franchise history. The Rockies used a franchise record 55 players in 2011, 54 players in 2005, and 53 players in both 2007 and 2001.

The fewest number of players to appear in a game for the Rockies was 36 in 1994. They used 41 players in 1995. Both those seasons were strike-shortened. The fewest players in a full season was 42 in 1998, 43 in 1997, 2002 and 2010, and 44 in 1996 and 1999.

For Starters

Wade Miley's 16 wins match Jason Jennings of the Rockies in 2002 for most wins by an NL rookie since Casper native Tom Browning went 20-9 with Cincinnati in 1985. There have been nine NL rookies win 14 or more games since Browning's 20-win season, including the Rockies Jeff Francis (14-12) in 2005. Mile will be after No. 17 on Monday night against the Rockies. He earned No. 16 against the Rockies on Sept. 21, allowing five runs in six innings of Arizona's 15-5 victory.  He is 2-3 and the Diamondbacks are 2-4 in his last six starts, during which he has a 5.21 ERA (22 earned runs, 38 innings), raising his season ERA from 2.80 to 3.32.

Honored

Four persons have been an MVP and Manager of the Year:

Person MVP Manager of the Year
Kirk Gibson 1999 LA Dodgers 2011 Arizona
Don Baylor 1979 Cal Angels 1995 Rockies
Frank Robinson 1961 Reds, 1966 Orioles 1989 Orioles
Joe Torre 1973 Cardinals 1996, 1998 Yankees

Star Studded

Arizona staff has five All-Stars (Don Baylor, Charlie Nagy, Alan Trammell, Eric Young and Matt Williams). Dodgers also have five (Mattingly, Honeycutt, Lopes, Wallach and Mota)

In the Beginning

Henry Blanco hit his first big league home run off Rockies John Thomson Sept. 29, 1997.

LHP Wade Miley earned his first win in his big-league debut against Rockies on Aug. 30, 2011.

Lyle Overbay singled off Jay Powell as a pinch-hitter in his first big-league at-0bat Sept. 19, 2001.

Takashi Saito earned his first big-league save against Rockies May 15, 2006.

Familiar Faces

Arizona hitting coach Don Baylor was the

Rockies original manager 1993-98, and their hitting coach in 2009-10. HE was AL Manager of the Year in 1995 when the Rockies were the AL wild-card.

Arizona first base coach Eric Young was an expansion draft and homered in the first at-bat by a Rockies player in Colorado. He was a 1996 All-Star. He is the father of Rockies outfielder Eric Young, Jr., the Rockies' 30th-round draft choice in 2003.

Arizona special assistant Bob Gebhard was the Rockies original general manager 1991-98.

Arizona Major League scout Mike Berger held a similar position with the Rockies in 2003-05.

Arizona Major League scout Todd Greene was a catcher with the Rockies 2004-05.

Player Development Director Mike Bell played in the Rockies farm system in 2001. He is the son of former Rockies manager Buddy Bell.

Assistant Director of Player Development Quinton McCracken was a 25th round draft choice of the Rockies in 1992, their first draft, and played for the Rockies 1995-97 before going to Tampa Bay in the expansion draft.

Arizona catcher Henry Blanco played with the Rockies in 1999.

Arizona reliever Matt Lindstrom was with the Rockies last year, making 63 relief appearances and compiling a 3.00 ERA. He was traded along with Jason Hammel to Baltimore for Jeremy Guthrie on Feb. 6.

Arizona PH Mike Jacobs was playing for Triple-A Colorado Springs when on Aug. 18, 2011 he became first North American athlete to be suspended for HGH usage. He hit .298 with 23 home runs and 97 RBI in 117 games for the SkySox.

Record Book

Arizona record most player used in a game of 48 was set in 16-inning game with Rockies Sept.16, 2006. Arizona used 25, Colorado 23.

Rockies record for most wins against one club in a year is 13 vs. Arizona in 2004.

Rockies record for most losses against one club in a year is 15 vs. Arizona in 2008.

Rockies used seven rookies in lineup Sept. 18, 2007 vs. Arizona.

Rockies set team record with 20 wins against Arizona Sept. 3, 2003. They have scored 20 wins in a game two other times.

Rockies struck out team record 17 times in a game against Arizona and Randy Johnson on April 13, 2001. They also struck out 17 times at Arizona on April 21, 20002, and at Los Angeles on Oct. 4, 2008.

Mike Lansing hit for the cycle against Arizona on June 18, 2000. He did it in four innings, quickest ever. It is one of six times a Rockies player has hit for the cycle.

Medical Update

Diamondbacks

Date

Status

Due Back

Injury

Notes

 

Blanco, Henry (C)

09/07

Out for Season

2013

Left thumb

Underwent season-ending surgery Aug. 8.

 

Bloomquist, Willie (SS)

09/29

Day-to-day

Likely out for remainder of 2012

Back

Last appeared in game, as pinch-hitter, Sept. 3; last started Aug. 8.

 

Eaton, Adam (RF)

09/30

Out for Season

2013

Broken right hand

Exited after being hit by pitch in Sept. 29 game.

 

Goldschmidt, Paul (1B)

09/29

Day-to-day

Possibly September 30

Sore back

Not in starting lineup Sept. 29; scratched from lineup Sept. 28; last started Sept. 27.

 

Johnson, Chris (3B)

09/24

Day-to-day

TBD

Left hand

Last started, exited game early after getting hit by pitch Sept. 23.

 

Young, Chris (CF)

09/29

Day-to-day

Possibly late September

Right quad

Pinch-hit Sept. 28; last started, exited game early Sept. 18.

Rockies

Date

Status

Due Back

Injury

Notes

 

Colvin, Tyler (LF)

09/29

Day-to-day

Possibly September 30

Sore left elbow

Not in starting lineup Sept. 29; last started Sept. 28.

 

Cuddyer, Michael (RF)

09/28

Out for Season

2013

Strained right oblique

Reported out for season Sept. 28.

 

Fowler, Dexter (CF)

09/27

Day-to-day

TBD

Right wrist tendinitis

Entered as defensive replacement Sept. 24, Sept. 27; last started Sept. 22.

 

Friedrich, Christian (P)

08/04

Out for Season

2013

Lower back stress fracture

Shut down for season Aug. 3.

 

Giambi, Jason (1B)

09/24

Day-to-day

TBD

Viral illness

Last pinch-hit Sept. 20.

 

Gonzalez, Carlos (LF)

09/29

Day-to-day

TBD

Left hamstring tightness

Sept. 24 MRI showed no structural damage; pinch-hit, had setback Sept. 23; last started Sept. 20.

 

Helton, Todd (1B)

08/13

Out for Season

2013

Recovery from August 2012 right hip labrum surgery

Underwent season-ending surgery Aug. 10.

 

Hernandez, Ramon (C)

09/22

Out for Season

2013

Torn tendon in left hamstring

MRI showed torn tendon Sept. 12; was expected to have season-ending surgery week of Sept. 16.

 

Nicasio, Juan (P)

07/28

Out for Season

2013

Left knee

Underwent season-ending surgery July 16.

 

Sanchez, Jonathan (P)

09/24

15-day DL

Likely 2013

Left bicep tendinitis

Shut down as of Aug. 10.

 

Tulowitzki, Troy (SS)

09/29

15-day DL

TBD

Left groin

Scheduled to play in instructional league Sept. 29; worked out, hit Sept. 24.

 

Young, Eric (2B)

09/24

Out for Season

2013

Left intercostal muscle strain

Has resumed baseball activities but not expected to return to game action as of Sept. 24.

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CATCHING ON

After taking Hobie Landrith with the first pick in the 1961 expansion draft, Mets manager Casey Stengel explained, ''you've got to have a catcher or you get a lot of passed balls.''

And finding a top-flight receiver is a challenge, as the Rockies can attest from their 20-year history.

The Rockies are hoping their efforts are answered by the arrival of Wilin Rosario, although he is a definite work in progress. He has an explosive bat (24 home runs, one shy of the Rockies rookie record held by Todd Helton) and strong arm.

He, however, is crude behind the plate. He leads the majors with a club-record 19 passed balls, two head of John Thole of the New York Mets, who is the primary receiver of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. A.J. Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers is third with 11, and he has made 30 more starts than Rosario, who has caught 726 2/3 innings compared to Ellis' 1024.

The Rockies, as a team, have only 20 passed balls. The Mets, with 27, are the only team other than the Rockies with more than 17.

In Rosario's defense, he was jumped from Double-A, the Rockies aware that he was not a finished product. The plan was to have him share time with Ramon Herandnez. Hernandez, however, has battled injuries, leaving a larger than expected load to Rosario.

With Hernandez out for the remainder of the season, the Rockies are looking for ways to keep from overloading Rosario. Jordan Pacheco, primarily a third baseman/first baeman this season, is scheduled to start at catcher on Sunday.

It will be Pacheco's third big-league appearance behind the plate, and second start. Pacheco started the Rockies 3-2 loss at San Diego on July 22 this season, and the Rockies 6-3 victory at San Francisco on Sept. 28 last season. He also caught the final inning of the Rockies 19-3 win at Houston on Sept. 23 last season. Chris Iannetta moved to first, where Pacheco had been playing, in that game.

The opposition has stolen two bases in each Pacheco start, but it has been legit basestealers in both games. Angel Torres had two stolen bases at San Francisco last year, and Cameron Maybin stole two bases at San Diego this year. Both times with Torres and with one of Maybin's stolen bases, Rex Brothers has been the pitcher at the time of theft.

A second baseman at New Mexico, the Rockies worked on converting Pacheco in the minor leagues, where he has caught 294 games since the 2007 season, including 91 in 2010 and 86 at Triple-A Colorado Springs a year ago.

Catching has been an area of concern for the Rockies since their inception.

Nine times the Rockies have selected a catcher in the first five rounds of the 21 amateur drafts in which they have participated. Only three of them have made it to the big leagues - Ben Petrick, Josh Bard and Chris Iannetta.

Forty-three players have worn the tools of ignorance in a Rockies uniform. The list runs from A as in Eliezer Alfonso to Z as in Greg Zaun.

None of them, however, have caught for the Rockies for very long. Iannetta is the franchise's all-time leader in games caught with 427. Only two other players have even caught 300 games with Colorado - Jeff Reed and Yorvit Torrealba.

The Rockies have had a player from every position selected to an All-Star team except catcher.

Joe Girardi was the Rockies original catcher, an expansion draft from the Chicago Cubs. He was a mainstay behind the plate for three years, and then his role as the player rep, combined with the strike that wiped out the 1994 World Series and his outspoken criticism of ownership prompted general manager Bob Gebhard to trade him to the Yankees after the 1995 season.

That isn't the trade that haunts the Rockies the most. Another expansion draft of the Rockies was a Yankee prospect named Brad Ausmus. It was in July of that inaugural season of 1993 that the Rockies swung a deal to acquire right-handed pitcher Greg Harris from San Diego. Ausmus was part of the package the Rockies gave up. Gebhard explained he didn't want Ausmus to impede the development of Jayhawk Owens.

Owens did spend parts of four seasons with the Rockies. He caught in 122 games. Ausmus? Well, he retired after the 2010 season. His resume includes six post-season appearances, an All-Star game selection and three gold gloves. He ranks seventh on the all-time list for cgmes played, and 11th all-time in his success at throwing out base stealers.

Another catcher the Rockies wanted to hang on to was Kirt Manwaring, a hard-nosed, workmanlike receiver who the Rockies protected for the November 1997 expansion draft. As a result they left Bryan Rekar exposed, and he was selected by Tampa Bay. Problem is Rekar was supposed to be part of the trade with Montreal for Mike Lansing. When Tampa Bay made the selection, the Rockies, instead shipped the Expos former No. 1 draft pick Jake Westbrook.

Brent Mayne joined the Rockies in 2000 and was the slickest receiver the team has ever had. On the final day of the 2000 season, however, Mayne balked at pinch-hitting agasint Atlanta lefty John Rocker in the ninth inning. He was sitting on a .300 average and didn't want to lose it. That led to a post-game altercation with Mayne and then manager Buddy Bell, who became intent on getting rid of Mayne. Bell finally got his way the following June in a trade that was among the most unpopular in franchise history.

Rosario has not been handled the torch behind the plate in Colorado, the Rockies hoping he can overcome the challenges that have proven too much for others.