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Rockies blanked 6-0, add OF Pillar via trade

On a day when the Rockies traded for Boston outfielder Kevin Pillar Colorado’s bats were silent as San Diego blanked the Rockies 6-0 at Coors Field to take the four-game series and drop Colorado a game below .5oo (17-18).

Rockies starter Germán Márquez wasn’t sharp, but with Colorado’s offense MIA it didn’t really matter. Márquez labored through six innings allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out seven.

“His stuff is fine, he’s just not hitting spots. I’m not worried about the arm. Right now it’s about location. He’s not making enough good pitches at the most critical times.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said of Márquez after the game.

Márquez has now lost a career-worst four decisions in a row and is 2-5 with a 4.88 ERA on the season. During his past five starts he’s 0-4 with a 6.83 ERA.

“My fastball location wasn’t good today,. I missed with a couple of pitches but I have to hang in there and keep working.”

Márquez said.

Offensive woes

On the offensive side of things third baseman Nolan Arenado went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to seven games, but that’s about the only good news for the Rockies. Colorado finished the game with seven hits, all singles, save for a double by Daniel Murphy.

When asked after the game if he thinks the offense can get things turned around Arenado had this to say:

“I believe so. We just haven’t been consistent at all. That’s kind of our thing this year. We just haven’t been consistent throughout the lineup, and you see the Padres over there and they’re on fire — all the hitters over there.”

Rockies add OF Pillar

Before the game the Rockies traded for Pillar from the Red Sox in hopes that he can help offensively as well as defensively. But the fact is Pillar likely will help more patrolling the outfield, than he will at the plate.

Black said he expects Pillar to play center field for the Rockies and bat in the lower half of the lineup, which has been another sore spot for the Rockies.

Another reason Colorado acquire Pillar is due to the fact David Dahl remains on the IL and it’s not clear when he will return. The Rockies will trade either a player to be named or cash considerations, as well as international amateur signing bonus pool space for Pillar.

Rodgers goes back on injured list

On Monday the Rockies also placed infielder Brendan Rodgers on the 10-day IL with a right shoulder strain. Colorado is hopeful the injury is minor.

Since being recalled from alternative camp on Aug. 19 Rodgers has played in seven games hitting 0.95 (2-for-21) with a double and two RBI.

Extra bases

The Rockies welcome in the Giants for a quick two-game series starting tonight (6:40 p.m., AT&T SportsNet). Colorado righty Jon Gray (2-3, 5.45 ERA) will take the mound for the Rockies, while the Giants have yet to name a starter for the game.

  • MLB.com ranked all the trades made on Monday. The Rockies acquisition of Pillar ranked seventh overall. Unfortunately for Rockies fans, the Padres trade for Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger ranked No. 1.

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Rockies fall as bullpen, offense again stumble

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Nuggets rally, force Game 7 vs. Clippers

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Rockies reach halfway mark at 15-15 after win

Nolan Arenado picked up his first extra base hits on the road this season and Daniel Bard made things exciting in the ninth as the Rockies held on to bead the Diamondbacks 5-4 on Tuesday night in Arizona. Colorado is now 15-15 at the halfway point of this truncated MLB season.

Arenado has struggled for seemingly most of the season so far, but his RBI double to score Trevor Story in the seventh inning gave the Rockies the lead 4-3 lead and his run scored later in the inning on a passed ball proved the difference in the game. His RBI double in the first inning, also scoring Story, was his first extra base hit of the season away from Coors Field.

After the game the Rockies third baseman talked about how bizarre it feels to already be entering the second half of the season.

“It’s weird being at the end already. I think that’s something none of us are used to. It feels like we just started, and now we’re almost done. That’s the disappointing part about playing a 60-game season, but at the same time, it’s better than nothing, so we’re just happy to be back out here and trying to get in that playoff.”

Arenado said.

Pitching dicey, but gets the job done

Rockies right Germán Márquez was not sharp for his second straight start as he labored to get through five innings while allowing six hits, three walks and striking out five. But when he left the score was tied 3-3.

“My fastball didn’t have its good command, but I battled. I gave us a chance to win.”

Márquez said after Colorado’s 5-4 win.

Colorado manager Bud Black could tell that his No. 1 starter didn’t have his A stuff on Tuesday.

“With Germán, it was like his last start, he looked just a little bit uncomfortable. He just couldn’t get in a rhythm of repeating pitches, repeating his delivery. And some balls were elevated up in the strike zone.”

Black said.

In the ninth inning Bard came on with the Rockies leading 5-3 and he picked up his third save of the season and second in as many nights, but the road to getting there was much more harrowing.

Bard walked Kole Calhoun to lead off the inning and had two outs before things got interesting. David Peralta then singled to bring Arizona to within one. Bard next hit Christian Walker with a pitch, then walked Eduardo Escobar to load the bases.

Out came pitching coach Steve Foster to check on Bard, who proceeded to strike out Nick Ahmed on three straight pitches to end the game.

Extra bases

  • Colorado and Arizona play Game 3 of their four-game series tonight (7:40 p.m., AT&T SportsNet) with Rockies’ righty Jon Gray (1-3, 6.23 ERA) facing off against lefty Robbie Ray (1-3, 8.33 ERA).
  • The Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders answered readers questions, including his thoughts on whether the Rockies will be buyers or sellers at this year’s trade deadline.
  • In other MLB news, last night Chicago White Sox righty Lucas Giolito threw the first no-hitter of the season as Chicago beat Pittsburgh 4-0. Giolito struck out 13 and allowed just one walk in the White Sox first no-hitter since Philip Humber’s perfect game on April 21, 2012.

Rockies swept by Padres, nine-game homestand on tap

The Rockies-Padres series mercifully came to a close for Colorado, as San Diego finished off a three-game sweep with a 5-3 win. Colorado lost in walk-off fashion Monday (1-0) and got routed Tuesday (14-5) before dropping another close game to finish out the series Wednesday. The Rockies are off today before starting a nine-game homestand […]

Porter calls out coaches, teammates after Nuggets’ 96-85 loss Wednesday

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William Hill latest sportsbook app to go live in Colorado

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Padres hammer Rockies, González 14-5

A night after getting shutout by San Diego things started off well for Colorado. Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer, his first on the road this season, in the top of the first to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead, then the bottom of the first happened. Colorado starter Chi Chi González walked three and […]

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Castellani’s first career win ends Rockies skid

Rockies rookie Ryan Castellani threw six innings, allowing just two runs on three hits as Colorado beat Arizona 3-2 on Monday night to end the Rockies’ seven-game losing streak.

The win was the first of Castellani’s career and it was fitting that it was at Arizona’s Chase Field, just five minutes from his high school. Castellani still lives in Arizona and his wife and young son were watching the game from the family’s Scottsdale home.

“I grew up going to these games here. I’ve sat everywhere in the stadium, and now for things to come full circle and be on the mound to get my first win here is just amazing.”

Castellani said after his first major league win.

The Rockies offense didn’t do a lot, but this time it did enough to get the job done. Trevor Story hit his ninth home run of the season, a solo shot in the first inning. Colorado’s second run came by way of a sacrifice fly off the bat of Daniel Murphy. And the winning run was scored when Raimel Tapia drove in Tony Wolters with a single in the fifth inning.

Daniel Bard worked a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his second save of the season.

  • Story now has 20 home runs against Arizona, the second most of any opponent. He has 21 against the Giants.
  • Outfielder Charlie Blackmon was a late scratch from Monday’s game due to left quad tightness. Manager Bud Black said Blackmon is day-to-day.
  • Meanwhile outfielder David Dahl and pitcher Chi Chi González continue to work their way back from injuries. Dahl is expected to hit off González in a simulated game Tuesday.
  • The two teams are back in action tonight at 7:40 p.m. (AT&N SportsNet) with Germán Márquez (2-4, 4.38 ERA) looking to bounce back from his worst start of the season for the Rockies against Alex Young (1-1, 4.50 ERA) of the Diamondbacks.
  • TheAthletic.com’s Nick Groke and Pedro Moura had a good story about former Colorado reliever Jake McGee who is now with the Dodgers. Groke and Moura look at how the Dodgers have got McGee’s career back on track after he struggled with the Rockies.
  • TheDNVR.com’s Drew Creasman and Patrick Lyons took a look at various questions surrounding the Rockies, including “Who are the Rockies right now?”
  • Lastly, MLB.com had its writers back bold predictions for what each team will do at this year’s trade deadline which is Aug. 31. Thomas Harding wrote that the Rockies will trade for Texas’ Shin-Soo Choo. And if not Choo, the other name he suggested was Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr.. Both Choo and Bradley will be free agents after this season.
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Márquez roughed up as Rockies skid hits four

Colorado’s offense finally came alive on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field, unfortunately No. 1 starter Germán Márquez had his worst outing of the season as the Rockies lost 10-8 to the Astros.

Márquez gave up 10 runs on 10 hits in five innings of work as his record dropped to 2-4 on the season. The Rockies are now 13-12 as they begin a seven-game road trip, with three games against the Dodgers starting today (7:40 p.m., AT&T Sports Net) and then a four-game series against the Diamondbacks beginning on Monday.

On the offensive side of things Ryan McMahon, Nolan Arenado and Sam Hilliard all had big games for Colorado in the series finale against Houston. McMahon homered twice and drove in four runs, Arenado went 2-for-5 with a home run and a double and Hilliard went 4-for-5 in the losing effort.

Arenado has been working hard to attempt to break out of his slump and maybe Thursday’s game will be the start of the turnaround for Colorado’s All Star third baseman.

“Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do. We have only like [35 games] left. Not a lot. I just have a hard time going home not trying to figure it out.”

Arenado said about how he’s been dealing with his inconsistent hitting so far this season.
  • Righty Jon Gray (1-2, 5.74 ERA) takes on the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler (0-0, 5.21 ERA) in the opener of a three-game series tonight at 7:40 at Dodgers Stadium.
  • Rockies’ top prospect Brendan Rodgers is confident that he’ll be able to make a quality impact with the big league club now that he’s getting the chance to play again.
  • TheAthletic.com’s Nick Groke wrote about how the Rockies’ TV crew has been rethinking its broadcasts this season as they all deal with working in makeshift studios and everything else that has changed this season.
  • Before Thursday’s game the Rockies played utility man Chris Owings on the 10-day IL and recalled infielder Josh Fuentes. Colorado also reinstated catcher Elias Díaz from the restricted list.
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Rockies win, tie best start in team history

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Germán Márquez allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings while striking out nine and Nolan Arenado homered in his second straight game as the Rockies beat the Giants 5-2 on Tuesday night at Coors Field.

With the win Colorado is now 8-2 on the season matching the team’s best start in franchise history. The Rockies also started 2011 8-2, but stumbled to a 73-89 finish.

Despite his final line, manager Bud Black actually didn’t think Márquez was as sharp as he’s been this year, which speaks to how good he has become.

“I don’t think he was as sharp as we’ve seen him. I don’t think the fastball was as crisp, but he made pitches with the fastball, the secondaries were solid. From start to finish, I thought he was in complete control.”

Manger Bud Black talking about starting pitcher Germán Márquez

My thoughts: In a normal season an 8-2 start wouldn’t mean a whole lot, as evidenced by the Rockies in 2011. But this year it means the Rockies are in prime position to make the postseason.

It’s easier said than done, but with only 50 games remaining if Colorado plays .500 ball for the rest of the year they’ll finish 33-27 and almost assuredly qualify for the expanded postseason.

The most encouraging aspect so far has been the outstanding starting pitching from Márquez, Jon Gray, Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela.

  • The Rockies and Giants are back at it again tonight (6:40 p.m., AT&T Sports Net, 850 AM) with Gray getting the start for Colorado and Logan Webb making the start for San Francisco.
  • Before Tuesday’s game Black told The Denver Post that pitcher Jeff Hoffman could get more opportunities out of the bullpen or even potentially starting if he continues to pitch well.
  • MLB.com released its Top 100 Prospects List and the Rockies had two players on it. Shortstop Brendan Rodgers (31) and outfielder Zac Veen (60).

Nuggets

The Nuggets take on the San Antonio Spurs this afternoon (2 p.m., Altitude, 92.5 FM) in the team’s third seeding game since the NBA’s return. They’ll be shorthanded once again though as Gary Harris (hip) and Will Barton (knee) are both out and Jamal Murray (hamstring) is questionable.

With that in mind Denver will need big contributions from Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter Jr. once again if they’re going to keep the momentum going after Monday’s overtime win against the Thunder.

  • Today’s Nuggets-Spurs game is one of a handful that will be broadcast by NBABet Stream and will follow the game with the betting public in mind.
  • TheDNVR.com’s Harrison Wind wrote about how the chemistry between Jokic and Porter is getting better and better.

Avalanche

The Avs are back on the ice today against Dallas (4:30 p.m., Altitude, 92.5 FM) in the second of three round-robin games before their playoffs began. Colorado is 0-4 against the Stars this season, but the last time the teams met was Jan. 14.

“They’re obviously a good hockey team (and) I think everyone in our room is aware of the troubles we might have had with them in the past and I think everyone is very determined to try to end them (Wednesday). If you want to talk about the law of averages, I guess we’re due, right?”

Avs defenseman Ian Cole told The Denver Post

Currently the Avs and Vegas Golden Knights are tied in the race for the West’s top seed. If there is a tie after the three round-robin games, then regular-season winning percentage will serve as the tiebreaker. That order was St. Louis (.662), Colorado (.657), Vegas (.606) and Dallas (.594).

Broncos

Linebacker Von Miller spoke about a variety of topics on Tuesday, from how he gave “serious consideration” to opting out this year because of coronavirus concerns to how the death of Kobe Bryant and “The Last Dance” changed him.

Miller tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-April and said by early May he had lost 15 pounds.

“It was hard for me to get my wind back for probably two or three weeks after the virus. Everybody’s symptoms aren’t the same, but for me, I lost my taste and smell. I couldn’t really eat because when you can’t taste or smell food, you lose your appetite. As soon as I got my second negative (test result) back, I started back training and started back running and it was tough no doubt about it. It was tough to just warm up, but I pushed through it and at about 2-3 weeks, I started to feel back to normal and hit it a little harder. I would say about two weeks after the virus, you still have a little wind issues, but that was for me – I have asthma and I felt like that was part of that.”

Von Miller on his battle and return from COVID-19 this offseason

As for dealing with Bryant’s death, Miller talked about reading Bryant’s book The Mamba Mentality: How I Play after and wanting to be able to lead his team in a similar fashion.

“Then ‘The Last Dance’ came out and I watched what Michael Jordan was doing back in his prime and I asked myself, ‘Hey, Michael Jordan was the best that ever played. Was I really making that commitment to the game? Was I really doing the same stuff he did? Like Kobe was one of the best to ever play. Was I doing the things that Kobe was doing? Was I demanding more out of my teammates? Was I demanding more out of myself? And I looked in the mirror and said I wasn’t. I just tried to change that and work as hard as I possibly could. I didn’t take any days off. I didn’t go on any vacations. I didn’t do anything but workout and grind and reinvest all of the time I would usually spend on like endorsements and all of this other stuff. I just reinvested that time back on myself.”

Von Miller talking about his offseason

My thoughts: There’s no question Miller has trained differently this offseason, the only question is how it will translate on the field. And that’s even assuming we have a football season.

It’s been great watching Miller learn and grow from the time the Broncos drafted him up until now, it would be great if he’s able to get back to the top of his game and eventually retire with the Broncos.

CSU Rams

Colorado State president Joyce McConnell is launching an “immediate and objective” investigation into the athletic department after allegations that student-athletes have been intimidated and threatened as leaders sought to disregard COVID-19 protocols.

CSU suspended football activities last week after a coronavirus outbreak. Then yesterday, multiple Rams players told ESPN.com that a position coach told players to hide possible symptoms of COVID-19 because “we can’t afford it” as a team.

According to the ESPN.com story: As the numbers continued to grow, some players felt compelled to minimize their symptoms, according to multiple people within the program. One source said a player who had a severe cough and eventually tested positive continued to work out. Another source said a player with symptoms, who subsequently tested positive, was “scared” to mention them to the coaching and medical staff.

TheColoradoan.com also published a story yesterday detailing the potential covering up of the COVID-19 health threat.

My thoughts: Multiple CSU players have come out to dispute the reports, but the fact that the ESPN.com story specifically says it was a position coach who was discouraging players makes it that much more believable to me.

Not only do I trust the reporting from ESPN and The Coloradoan, but if it was one or two coaches it would make sense that not all the players would have experienced the same thing.

Either way it’s a terrible situation and one that these athletes should not have to be dealing with. On Wednesday morning UConn announced it was canceling its football season due to COVID-19, the first FBS team to do so. At this point I don’t understand why colleges refuse to push the season back until spring at the very least, instead of continuing to put people’s lives at risk.

High school sports

CHSAA announced on Tuesday that the high school football season in Colorado would be pushed back until spring due to coronavirus.

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Rockies sweep A’s, home opener up next

Rockies

The Rockies improved to 4-1 on the season after beating the A’s 5-1 on Wednesday afternoon in Oakland to sweep the two-game series. No. 1 starter Germán Márquez gave up a home run in the first inning, but cruised the rest of the way. He finished with eight strikeouts, three hits and just one walk during six innings of work.

The offensive still wasn’t firing on all cylinders, but they got the job done for the Rockies when it mattered most. Including adding a run in the eighth and two more in the ninth to make it a much more comfortable win.

My thoughts: First off, I love this shortened MLB season. In a normal year Márquez wouldn’t have started yesterday because teams want to get their fifth starter work. How much better is it that teams are simply trying to win each game, instead of treating the whole season like a marathon.
As for the Rockies as a whole, it’s been a great start and we’re already through a 12th of the season and Colorado is alone in first place in the NL West. Really, what more could you ask for from them.

Avalanche

Colorado played its first game in more than four months, albeit of the exhibition variety, as the Avs beat Minnesota 3-2 on Wednesday afternoon in Edmonton.

Joonas Donskoi, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabe Landeskog all scored for the Avs in the win. Colorado managed to kill seven-of-eight penalties during the win.

Colorado has a bye in the best-of-five play-in round that starts Saturday. Instead, the Avs open play Sunday against the St. Louis Blues in what will determine the top four seeds in the Western Conference.

Nuggets

While the Nuggets don’t play until Saturday, the NBA season tips off tonight with Utah taking on New Orleans and the Lakers and Clippers squaring off with one another.

TheAthletic.com wrote about “Numbers to know about all 22 teams in the bubble.” The numbers to know about the Nuggets? 66.1% and 10.3%. Those were Bol Bol’s true shooting and block percentages during his eight games of G League action this year for the Windy City Bulls. It’s safe to say Bol’s play has been one of the biggest storylines of the NBA’s return so far.

My thoughts: Unfortunately I don’t think we’ll be talking about Bol much until at least next season at this point. Coach Michael Malone struggled to play Michael Porter Jr. during big chunks of the season and that was when the games were much less important and when he’d seen Porter play more in practice and training camp.

I just have a hard time believing Malone is going to give Bol many minutes, if any, unless the Nuggets suffer a few injuries or are really, really struggling.

Broncos

Yesterday I wrote about PFF.com’s quarterback rankings. Well, today they’ve got their team-by-team backfield rankings up. I assumed Denver would be near the middle of the pack, and PFF.com actually had them a little higher at No. 12.

Not surprisingly, they’re high on Phillip Lindsay’s play, but are more questioning about the addition of Melvin Gordon. As they point out, Gordon was great in 2018, but during the rest of his NFL career he’s simply been average.

My thoughts: I was never a fan of the offseason signing of Gordon. I think the Broncos overpaid for him and risk alienating Lindsay in the process.

I would have much rather seen them give Lindsay a raise and either sign a cheaper free-agent back or pick one high in the NFL Draft.

CSU Rams

Colorado State’s football team temporarily suspended activities after as many as 17 people within the CSU athletics department tested positive for COVID-19.

“We are taking this step to voluntarily pause football activities to minimize the opportunity for this virus to spread any further. We will always put the health and safety of our student-athletes and community first, and while we are disappointed to see this spread occur within our program, we remain encouraged for the continued collaboration we have experienced with our University’s Pandemic Preparedness Team, local, county, and state health officials.”

CSU athletic director Joe Parker via a news release.

CU Buffs

Buffzone.com’s Brian Howell wrote about how head coach Karl Dorrell is earning the respect of his team.

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Rockies Opening Day arrives at long last

Rockies

It’s three-and-a-half months later than originally planned, but Opening Day for the Rockies has arrived at last.

In somewhat unexpected news rookie, former first-round pick Brendan Rodgers was left off Colorado’s 30-man roster to start the season. Instead, Rodgers will go to the Rockies alternate training site.

As for the Rockies, they open play tonight at Globe Life Field in Texas against the Rangers at 6 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet, KOA 850 AM). German Marquez will square off against the Rangers’ Lance Lynn.

  • Righty Peter Lambert meanwhile saw his season end before it started as it was announced he’ll have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Chances are likely his 2021 season is over as well.
  • It was announced on Thursday that baseball will have expanded playoffs this season, with eight teams from each league making the playoffs.
    The top two teams in each division will qualify and then the next two teams also will. The first round will be a best-of-three series with all three games hosted by the higher seed.
    My thoughts: I love this and which it would be the format going forward. How much fun is it when your team is out of the playoff race with two or three months to go in the season. The more teams with a chance to win it all the better.
    And while the one-game playoff was somewhat exciting, in baseball I just don’t think it works.

Nuggets

The Bol Bol hype machine was working overtime on Wednesday after the rookie’s impressive first NBA game, albeit in a scrimmage. But The Denver Post’s Sean Keller talked with former NBA All-Star Paul Pierce who quickly turned the hype machine off. Pierce said it was way too early to get too excited about Bol.

My thoughts: I couldn’t agree more. The final line of 16 points, 10 rebound and six blocks is exciting, some of the plays he made were thrilling, but it was literally an exhibition game coming off a four-month layoff for a pandemic.

Bol could go on to be Hall of Famer and we’ll look back on Wednesday as his coming out party. But he could also just as easily be the next Nikoloz Tskitishvili and leave us all wondering what could have been.

The other question is how much will we even get to see of Bol once the action starts up for real. Head coach Michael Malone was reticent to play Michael Porter Jr. big minutes earlier this season, what to say anything different will happen with Bol.

Broncos

Today Denver Post position-by-position preview focused on Denver’s outside linebackers.

My thoughts: When it comes to the Broncos outside linebackers everyone seems to focus on two players. Von Miller and whether he can return to the player he was before last season or if he’s now beginning a steady decline. And Bradley Chubb and how much he’s doing to help this defense as he returns from ACL surgery.

When it comes to Miller I think he still has a few very productive years left. Last year was simply a down year, they happen to everyone.

As for Chubb, there’s one important point that keeps getting ignored. This is Chubb’s second ACL surgery on the same knee, he previously tore the ACL back in high school. I really hope he never has anymore problems with injuries, but as we’ve seen with tight end Jake Butt once you start having reoccurring knee problems they can be come a never-ending cycle.

If, however, Chubb can stay healthy and Miller returns to form, this unit could be one of the Broncos’ best.

Avalanche

Before the NHL shutdown for four months due to COVID-19 the Avs seemed to be constantly battling injuries. As soon as one player returned it seemed someone else went down. Unfortunately things haven’t changed much for Colorado.

Cale Makar returned to the ice on Thursday, but Nathan MacKinnon was absent. Due to the NHL’s new policy regarding player’s health there’s no word on the exact situation with either player.

Rapids

The Denver Post wrote about when Jonathan Lewis is finally going to get more playing time. As of right now Lewis has been a regular sub and for the most part he’s been the best player when he’s been on the field.

As for the Rapids as a whole, the question now turns to what’s next. The MLS is Back Tournament is still going, without the eliminated Rapids of course, but afterward the league has yet to announce when the rest of the season is expected to start.

As it stands the Rapids head home and will continue training and simply waiting to hear what the plan will be.

CSU Rams

Colorado State wide receiver Warren Jackson was selected as the preseason offensive player of the year as voted on by the media.

Jackson, a senior, is coming off a season in which he caught 77 passes for 1,119 yards and eight touchdowns. It’s the second time a receiver has been selected as the preseason offensive player of the year. When was the first time you ask? That would be in 2015 when fellow Ram Rashard Wiggins was tabbed.

Golf

The CoBank Colorado Open got underway yesterday and as the only woman in the field Jennifer Kupcho got off to a solid start with a 1-under par 70.

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Marquez to start opener, Broncos nearing return, and Nuggets and Avs news

Rockies

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but Colorado officially named German Marquez its starter for Friday’s opener in Texas against the Rangers. Jon Gray will start Saturday’s game and lefty Kyle Freeland will take the mound on Sunday.

Antonio Senzatela will be the team’s No. 4 starter and while manager Bud Black said Chi Chi Gonzalez and Jeff Hoffman have made the team, he did not say which would be the fifth starter.

My thoughts: What a difference a year makes. Last year Freeland as the Opening Day starter, and Gray the two years prior. Going into last season it felt like the Rockies had three really good pitchers at the top of their rotation. Now it feels more like who knows what to expect.

Marquez is right on the cusp of being one of the top pitchers in the National League, similar to where Gray was a little while back. The question is will he be able to take the next step and keep getting better.

I thought Gray was Colorado’s best pitcher last season until they shut him down near the end. But it’s hard to know what you’re getting with him. He still has ace potential, but doesn’t show it as much as you’d like.

And as for Freeland it would be hard to be worse than he was last season. And he doesn’t need to be as good as he was in 2018, but if he can regain that form Colorado really could contend this year.

Broncos

The Broncos got the all clear to start allowing their rookies and quarterbacks into their team facility at the end of this week.

If all goes according to plan players will be tested for COVID-19 on a daily basis during the first two week of training camp. If less than 5% test positive the testing will be allowed to be done every other day.

Nuggets

Both Jamal Murray and head coach Michael Malone preached patience when it comes to evaluating the Nuggets during the NBA restart.

The team’s first scrimmage is Wednesday, but both Murray and Malone talked more about the start of the playoffs, Aug. 17, for when the team will be firing on all cylinders.

My thoughts: This really makes perfect sense. With the season hitting the pause button in mid-March, it will have been more than four months until the season resumes. A full offseason in other words.

You don’t expect, or even want, a team to be perfect to start a season. The goal is to amp up and get better until you peak come playoff time. The goal for the NBA restart should be the exact same.

Seeding doesn’t really matter since there’s no home court. So the Nuggets only goal should be figuring out what they can to do peak at the right time.

Avalanche

Cale Makar was unavailable to practice for the second day in a row. The team has only said he’s “unfit” to practice and did not provide a timeline of when he might return.

Meanwhile, Connor Timmins continues to impress.

Nationally

According to various sources the NFL is offering the players the chance to have zero preseason games this year.

  • ESPN.com put out its NFL Future Power Rankings, looking at how teams are setup for the next three seasons. Broncos’ fan have to scroll all the way down to No. 24 to find Denver.