NEW YORK -- The Rockies' flirtation with postseason play has evolved from a midsummer curiosity to something far more serious. With a 7-2 win over the Mets on Saturday night, Colorado reached .500 for the first time since May 21, clouding a National League Wild Card race that now appears to have six legitimate contenders.
Hanging around with different company as recently as last week, the Rockies have won 12 of 16 since the All-Star break to force themselves back into the playoff conversation. That includes three straight wins in this four-game set with the Mets, whom they also swept at Coors Field earlier this season.
NEW YORK -- Never know when you'll rub shoulders with baseball history. Rockies rookie outfielder David Dahl did so Saturday night, in just his sixth career game.
Dahl, 22, watched a pregame ceremony as the Mets retired Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza's No. 31. Then, Dahl faced Bartolo Colon, who played his first pro game at the Rookie level in 1994 -- the year Dahl was born. Both pieces of history landed in Dahl's hands after the Rockies' 7-2 win at Citi Field.
NEW YORK -- The Rockies and their fans can breathe a little easier as shortstop Trevor Story's injury during Saturday's 7-2 win over the Mets turned out to be just a jammed left thumb. It could have been worse.
Story, the National League record holder for home runs by a rookie shortstop with 27, actually hurt the thumb twice, in different ways, in the fourth inning.
Mike Piazza Weekend at Citi Field will wrap on Sunday when Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard squares off against Rockies righty Chad Bettis in the finale of a four-game set.
In his last start against the Cardinals on Tuesday, Syndergaard (9-5, 2.45 ERA) took the loss despite tossing his 14th quality start of the season. He has gone 5-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) at Citi Field this year.
NEW YORK -- Rockies left-hander Boone Logan envisioned a bright future when he signed a three-year $16.5 million contract before the 2014 season. If that promise materializes this season, Logan wants to participate in it.
The Rockies have not been prominent in the rumor mill as the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches on Monday at 2 p.m. MT, but Logan's name has been attached to the most credible reports. Colorado has heard from multiple teams..
Braves' first-rounder continues scoreless streak to begin career; Brewers' No. 1 hits three-run homer
By Mike Rosenbaum
The Braves have to be pleased with the early return on Ian Anderson.
Selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 Draft, Anderson fired four more scoreless innings on Saturday for the Braves' Gulf Coast League affiliate, giving him 15 straight scoreless innings to begin his professional career. The Braves' No. 5 prospect allowed just two hits and established a new career best by striking out six hitters.
NEW YORK -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he feels good about his club as constructed, which says volumes.
No telling what general manager Jeff Bridich will do before Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline at 2 p.m. MT. Anybody who predicted Bridich sending shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays last year should be employed as a fortune teller.
NEW YORK -- Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez appreciated the art and the science that exuded from the stroke of his bat during Friday night's 6-1 victory over the Mets at Citi Field.
Gonzalez gazed lovingly at his three-run ninth-inning homer off Antonio Bastardo that ended the competitive portion of the game. It took a second or two for his eyes to pick the ball up, since it zoomed from his bat at 109.6 mph, according to Statcast™, but he couldn't resist following the flight to the balcony above the bullpen in right-center field, landing a projected 448 feet away from home plate.
NEW YORK -- Opposing ballparks have been a home away from home for Tyler Chatwood this season, and on Friday night at Citi Field that trend continued as the right-hander dominated the Mets to lead the Rockies to a 6-1 victory.
Chatwood allowed just one run on three hits -- a James Loney home run in the second -- while walking four and striking out four. In nine road starts this season, he is 6-0 with a 1.30 ERA, which is the best road ERA in the National League. He also is the first pitcher in Rockies history to win his first six road decisions in a season.
Cubs prospect hits first grand slam in four-hit effort; Rockies infielder hits timely homer
By Mike Rosenbaum
Another day, another monstrous offensive performance for Eloy Jimenez.
The Cubs' No. 3 prospect was at it again on Friday night as he delivered the first grand slam of his career as well as a pair of doubles in what was his third four-hit game of the season. Jimenez ultimately fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle, finishing 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs to power Class A South Bend past Lake County, 11-7.
NEW YORK -- He's not there yet, but as he grows older Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez believes he can extend his career by playing his childhood position, first base.
No one is manufacturing the CarGo first baseman's mitt just yet. Gonzalez played some first during Spring Training when the Rockies were practicing various situations. But Gonzalez and manager Walt Weiss both said Friday that the subject hasn't come up since the season began.
NEW YORK -- A Mets team that has not won consecutive games in three weeks is reeling. A Rockies club looking to establish itself as a postseason contender was more than happy on Thursday to take advantage.
The Rockies scored the game-tying run on a fielding error and the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the ninth inning at Citi Field, tagging Jeurys Familia for his second blown save in as many days in a 2-1 win over the Mets.
NEW YORK -- Rockies Class A shortstop Brendan Rodgers has improved four spots to No. 8 on the latest MLBPipeline.com Top 100 Prospects list. Advancement is a common theme among the organization's highest-ranked prospects.
Rodgers, who turns 20 on Aug. 9 and was the 2015 No. 3 overall Draft pick out of Lake Mary, Fla., is playing at Class A Asheville and hitting .278 with a team-leading 13 home runs and 52 RBIs entering Thursday.
NEW YORK -- Rockies rookie left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson's first nine starts have taught him to care only about what's important -- upholding his part of what's become a solid starting pitching staff.
He doesn't care that he didn't receive the win in the Rockies' stirring 2-1 victory over the Mets on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. But Anderson does show up in an important stat.
By Brittany Ghiroli and Ryan Baillargeon
BALTIMORE -- Rockies rookie Jon Gray pitched a dominant seven innings to lead a red-hot Colorado team to Wednesday's 3-1 series win over the American League East-leading Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Fresh off a series sweep against Atlanta, the Rockies have now won six of their past seven games.
BALTIMORE -- Two batters after Nick Hundley's two-run homer ended Orioles starter Dylan Bundy's no-hitter in the sixth inning of Wednesday's 3-1 win, Rockies No. 2 prospect David Dahl blasted his first career home run -- a two-out solo shot -- to give Colorado a 3-0 lead. It chased Bundy from the game.
Dahl smacked a first-pitch changeup to dead center that left the bat at 100 mph and traveled an estimated 401 feet from home plate, according to Statcast™.
BALTIMORE -- Rockies starter Jon Gray was rolling through three innings on Wednesday night, but the Orioles nearly derailed his start in the fourth. With runners at the corners and no outs, Manny Machado lofted a shallow fly ball to left field that looked like it was going to drop in.
But Daniel Descalso, usually an infielder, came charging in from left field to make a sensational diving catch for the first out of the inning. Gray then got the final two outs to strand the runners in what proved to be a pivotal series of events in his strong outing of the Rockies' 3-1 win at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Rockies place Motte on DL, reinstate Rusin
By Ryan Baillargeon
BALTIMORE -- The Rockies placed right-hander Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff strain and reinstated lefty Chris Rusin (left shoulder strain) from the DL before Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Orioles.
Motte, who started the season on the DL with a right shoulder strain and didn't make his debut until May 25, pitched a clean inning on Monday. But when Motte came out of the game, trainer Keith Dugger asked him if he felt OK because something looked off.
By Brittany Ghiroli and Ryan Baillargeon
BALTIMORE-- The Rockies used a four-run third inning to deny Oriole ace Chris Tillman his 15th win and snap first-place Baltimore's five-game win streak with Tuesday's 6-3 victory at Camden Yards.
Colorado had four consecutive two-out hits, including Carlos Gonzalez's two-run double that looped just inside the foul line. They sent eight men to the plate in that critical third. Tillman went five innings, allowing nine hits and six runs to raise his season ERA to 3.47.
Gonzalez, Story string together clutch hits for Rockies' fifth win in six games
By Ryan Baillargeon
BALTIMORE -- Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez took a moment to collect himself after a borderline outside fastball was called for a strike in the third inning Tuesday. If he let another go by, he'd allow Orioles starter Chris Tillman to complete a high-wire act escape from a bases-loaded jam.
Gonzalez dug back in, and when Tillman tried to go back outside three pitches later, he shot the fastball down the left-field line for a two-run double. Trevor Story, the next batter, added a two-run single as part of four crucial two-out RBIs in their 6-3 win over Baltimore.
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have had a flair for the dramatic the past two days at Camden Yards.
It wasn't as pretty as Nolan Reimold's two-out walk-off homer in the ninth inning Sunday, but the Orioles walked off for the second straight game on a ground ball back to the pitcher in a 3-2 win over the Rockies in 10 innings on Monday night. Adam Jones, off from third on contact, came racing down the line on Manny Machado's tapper back to the mound. And after Jordan Lyles muffled the catch, catcher Nick Hundley couldn't handle the throw that allowed Jones to score the winning run.
DENVER -- Trevor Story, now the record holder for home runs by a National League rookie shortstop (27), spent last offseason in Scottsdale, Ariz., when he was just a prospect trying to take advantage of the Rockies' Salt River Fields at Talking Stick facility. And Monday he welcomed one of his offseason housemates to the Majors.
Outfielder and Rockies No. 2 prospect David Dahl has blown through Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque this season with a combined .314 batting average and 18 home runs. Don't be surprised if a rental property isn't advertising itself as the "House of Homers."