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DENVER (AP) — The scorecard in the archives of the Colorado Rockies‘

history stands like this: World Series appearances 1 http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , NL West titles 0.No divisional crowns is a particular figure that All-Star shortstop Trevor Story and his teammates are keenly aware of and hope to remedy, especially with the Rockies climbing into a place they’ve rarely been this late in the season: All alone at the top of the NL West. The Rockies haven’t occupied first place this late in the year since 1995.Colorado began an off day Thursday with a 1 ½-game divisional lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers and 2 games over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rockies (77-62) start a pivotal stretch by hosting the Dodgers for three games starting Friday and then Arizona for four more.Buckle up. These last 23 games reckon to be quite a ride.“A division title would be huge, obviously, since we’ve never done that,” said Story, who crushed three homers Wednesday, including one that went a Coors Field-record 505 feet according to Statcast. “We’re very confident we can do it. We’re going for it.”The Rockies are a little bit of an anomaly among division-leading team. Consider this: The Rockies are a minus-8 in run differential. For comparison, the front-running Boston Red Sox are plus-223 in the AL East and the defending World Series champion Houston Astros a plus-235 in the AL West.Colorado doesn’t even have the best odds of making the postseason out of its division. According to ESPN, the Rockies have a 48.2 percent chance, while the Dodgers check in at 77.6 percent.“I still think we are the best team and I know when we are doing things right and playing the way we should,” said right-hander Jon Gray, who pitches Friday as the Dodgers counter with ace Clayton Kershaw. “We are going to be where we need to be at the end of the season.”Fresh off a sweep of the Giants, the Rockies find themselves a season-best 15 games above .500. They trailed by eight games after play on June 28, but have since gone 39-20 — including 5-0 in September.“We’ve been playing these kinds of meaningful games for a long time now,” Story said.The last time Colorado was in sole possession of first at this juncture of the year was 1995. That happened to be the season the team moved into its new digs at Coors Field and was led by players such as Dante Bichette, Larry Walker, Andres Galarraga and Vinny Castilla, who’s currently the team’s special assistant to the general manager. They were leading until Sept. 27 when they lost to a Dodgers team that would go on to win the division by a game.Colorado earned a wild-card spot that season. Over the team’s history, they’ve appeared in the postseason four times — all as a wild-card. The Rockies rode a wave of momentum to the 2007 World Series, before being swept by Boston. Last season, they lost a one-game playoff to the Diamondbacks in their first playoff appearance since ’09.“There hasn’t been any rah-rah talk Aaron Judge Jersey , no pep talks,” Gray said. “We know what needs to be done. Maybe that was needed last year. But not this time.”Story and Nolan Arenado are pacing the offense with NL MVP-caliber seasons. Story is hitting .298 with 31 homers, 95 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. He’s also playing Gold Glove-worthy shortstop. Despite a recent slump, Arenado is batting .297 with 31 homers and 93 RBIs. He’s going for his sixth straight Gold Glove at third base.The team added even more of a veteran presence by bringing in slugger Matt Holliday, who joins a lineup that includes second baseman DJ LeMahieu, outfielder Charlie Blackmon, converted first baseman Ian Desmond and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. Younger players such as David Dahl and Ryan McMahon have been coming up clutch, too.On the pitching side, left-hander Kyle Freeland is among the leaders in ERA (2.96), while German Marquez is coming off back-to-back double-digit strikeout performances. The bullpen has been shaky at times this season, but Adam Ottavino has 100 strikeouts to go with a 1.96 ERA and closer Wade Davis leads the NL with 38 saves.After finishing their current 10-game homestand, the Rockies hit the road for nine straight. At 40-32 away from home, they’re one victory away from tying their mark for most wins on the road in a season (2009, ’17).“This team knows what needs to be done,” Gray said. “We are on the same page and we are feeling it happen.” The Bless You Boys staff debates what we should be watching for as the baseball season gets underway."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Editorials & OpinionsTigers Den Roundtable: What do you want to see from the Tigers in spring training?New,50commentsThe Bless You Boys staff debates what we should be watching for as the baseball season gets underway.ESTShareTweetShareShareTigers Den Roundtable: What do you want to see from the Tigers in spring training?Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY SportsWe made it.While we still have a few days until the Detroit Tigers officially open camp for spring training, the long slog of the MLB offseason is behind us. The 2019 season is almost here; even though we may start complaining about spring training games in just a few days, boring, meaningless baseball is still better than no baseball at all.Unfortunately, our beloved Tigers are not expected to be competitive this year. They may not be all that good in 2020 either, or even in 2021. We are at the frustratingly slow apex of the rebuild Gleyber Torres Jersey , and still aren’t sure when the Tigers will next be ready for postseason glory.That said, there are still reasons to be excited for the upcoming season. The Tigers are finally starting to graduate prospects to the majors, and have some other interesting players in their system that haven’t quite reached their potential yet. Even the established veterans have some interesting question marks hanging over them.This week’s question: what is the one thing you are watching for from the Tigers this spring?Ashley: I’m really excited to see how well Daniel Norris performs this spring. Call me a dumb optimist, but I’m really hopeful to see this be the year he gets it all together and just does something magical.Adam: Given the MLB team’s lack of commitment to winning, I’m going to be looking for those diamonds in the rough — those bricks in the rebuild that should give us some consolation in these trying times. Someone like a Niko Goodrum, or a player who wills his way into the discussion when the team heads back north.Peter: I want to see if any of the prospects can force their way onto the big league roster with a great spring. We know the incumbents are, for the most part, not the future of this team. I’m chomping at the bit to see how the future looks.Kenon: Do we have a list of fringe 25-man guys who are out of options? Those are the ones I’m watching, as they are the ones likely to make the team and then get designated for assignment on May 1./short interlude to build suspenseKenon: It looks like it’s just Buck Farmer and Drew VerHagen, really.Adam: Farmer was who came to mind first for me.Kenon: Reed Garrett obviously and Dustin Peterson also.Zane: I want to see strong performances from the starting rotation. Specifically, I really want to see a return to form from Norris. At his peak prospect status, he was as highly touted as Casey Mize is now, and that potential is still there for him. He will turn 26 in April and it takes plenty of guys a while to come around. Corey Kluber, for example, did not break out until he was 28 and didn’t post his first successful season until 27.That said, if 29-year-old Matt Moore flashes his 2016 form, or if Spencer Turnbull continues to dazzle, I want to see them have important roles on the team, as well. I would rather see Turnbull in a 2013 Drew Smyly type role in the bullpen before sending Norris into the ‘pen — I’d be interested to see Moore in the bullpen as well. Having too many starting pitchers is a great problem to have, and I hope the Tigers have it.Kenon: How can Peterson have no options if he only did one two-game stint in the majors with Atlanta? Need one of you contract experts to explain that to me.Cody: Once you are added to the 40-man, they have to option you to send you down to the minors.Kenon: Okay Tyler Austin Jersey , this is a better resource than Spotrac for options, I guess. Peterson has two options remaining.Cody: Even if they do it at the start of the season and you never play a game in the majors that year, you still burn an option.Kenon: So it’s Farmer, VerHagen, and Mikie Mahtook that I’m watching, along with Reed Garrett.Cody: Yes I think those are the guys that can’t be optioned, but just going off memoryJeff: The one thing I’m looking for in spring training: health. We are told Miguel Cabrera, Daniel Norris, and Jordan Zimmermann are healthy this year. I’ll believe it when I see it. Jeimer Candelario was battling a wrist injury for most of the 2018 season; is it fully healed? Michael Fulmer had knee surgery in the offseason; is he 100 percent ready to go? We already have a team with a lot of rookies and prospects. We will see even more if these players have to spend a significant amount of time on the disabled list.Patrick:Rob: Well there’s one thing we won’t be looking for.Chris: I’m looking forward to seeing some of the younger guys in action. With a 2019 season outlook that’s just as bleak as the last, a good look at the glimmers of light that are on the horizon for this team is going to be a welcomed sight. If MLB.com’s roster is to be believed, we’ll be seeing Casey Mize, Franklin Perez, Kyle Funkhouser, Jake Rogers, and Daz Cameron in Lakeland. And who knows? There may even be the outside chance of one of them cracking the roster and traveling north with the team.Brandon: Jeff’s point about assessing the health of Cabrera, and a lot of other players coming off injury plagued seasons is probably my key focus as well. But I am very interested in seeing the prospects who will be in camp. They, and younger players like Norris, Fulmer, Candelario, Stewart and Joe Jimenez are hugely important to the future, so while spring training performance doesn’t particularly matter much http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , getting a look at all these guys together should be pretty interesting, and will function as a guide to where our attention is going to be focused in another lost season from the team perspective.Rob: I think I’ve pondered this elsewhere around the site over the past few months, but I’m interested to see how the minor league rosters shake up this spring. Casey Mize could potentially start as high as Double-A, though an early logjam in that rotation might push him down to High-A Lakeland. Parker Meadows is another interesting case study; will he start the year in full season ball? Kody Clemens and Brock Deatherage both need to prove last year was no fluke, so where will they start in 2019?Kyle: I am curious to see if any of the younger players perform well enough to steal away some projected playing time from some of the older signings, even if it does not happen right away. Tyson Ross and Matt Moore will start in the rotation, but could a big spring from someone like Spencer Turnbull force his way into a starting spot? Likewise, Gordon Beckham and Jordy Mercer were added to plug some gaps in the infield, but it would be much more interesting to see those at bats go to someone like Willi Castro or Dawel Lugo, assuming they look good enough to be ready. Since wins are not the end goal of the season, it makes sense to see what the organization’s youth can do in Detroit this season.Rob: I’d also like to see if they add anyone. The Tigers could probably use another catcher, and there are still some interesting players at other position (hi, Josh Harrison) on the free agent market.Adam: On Rob’s point, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Tigers already have the minors mapped out for a lot of guys. It’ll be fun to watch them in action, but I’m not terribly sure they’re playing for the highest spot in the minors they can get to. Especially given the focus the franchise currently has on developing talent — there’s no sense of urgency from the front office. For instance Mize, I just can’t see starting any higher than Lakeland unless something supernatural occurs.Rob: Avila basically said they will probably start him in Lakeland because of the weather. It makes sense too, because there are a lot of guys for those five rotation spots in Erie.What are you watching for this spring?

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