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Jon Gray -- who was taken one pick after Kris Bryant in 2013, is 4-2 with a 3.11 ERA in his last 10 starts. He has 103 strikeouts in 95 2/3 innings all season. Given his home games being in Coors Field, he's really coming around in this his age-24 season.
Opportunity to climb into contention? The schedule to start the second half for the Rockies is three at Braves, three vs. Rays and four vs. Braves.
Losing six of seven is a good way to halt the talk of being sneaky contenders.
Three games under .500 but only four out of the second Wild Card. This is what dominating division leaders brings us.
Don't think of them as a contender? The Rockies are but 3 1/2 games out of a wild card spot.
Just when it looks like they're fading quietly into the Rocky Mountain night, they go and win seven of their last nine. Like the Brewers (next entry!), this isn't a good team but it's not bad either.
We've discussed his 2016 road prowess before, but it's worth mention again: Tyler Chatwood is 5-0 with a 0.65 ERA away from Coors this season.
They lost nine of 12 before eviscerating the Reds on Tuesday night. And it's the Reds. At least they have two more coming against them. Then again, the Reds beat them on Monday.

Losses in four of five games with two more upcoming bouts against the Red Sox and a weekend trio against the Giants. It's getting rough in the Rocky Mountains.
Perhaps a secret to their surprising early success? They are pitching very well on the road. They have a 3.25 staff ERA away from Coors Field. We know there will be slugfests in Denver, so don't judge their pitchers without context. Tyler Chatwood in particular (0.33 ERA in 27 2/3 innings) has been great while Chad Bettis has had good outings against the Cubs and Cardinals.
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2016 Team Leaders
AVGDJ LeMahieu , 2B.348
HRNolan Arenado , 3B41
RBINolan Arenado , 3B133
OBPDJ LeMahieu , 2B.416
SLGNolan Arenado , 3B.570
RNolan Arenado , 3B116
SBCharlie Blackmon , CF17
WChad Bettis , SP14
ERAJon Gray , SP4.61
WHIPJon Gray , SP1.26
KJon Gray , SP185
SVJake McGee , RP15

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