Rockies news and links for January 15 Red Schoendienst Jersey , portRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceRockpileHall of Fame chances continue to increase for Rockies’ Larry WalkerNew,167commentsRockies news and links for January 15, 2019MSTShareTweetShareShareHall of Fame chances continue to increase for Rockies’ Larry WalkerLarry Walker’s Hall of Fame chances are improving. Here’s what’s fueling the former Rockies OF’s rise. | The Denver Post ($)At last check, Colorado Rockies’ great Larry Walker had garnered 66 percent of the vote from eligible Hall of Fame balloters. This is by far the most support Walker has received since his name first appeared on the ballot in 2011. Patrick Saunders (who was named Colorado Sportswriter of the Year on Monday) spoke to many voters who both back Walker and do not believe he is worthy of enshrinement. For those who don’t support Walker’s induction, the subjects of an injury-riddled career and one of playing at altitude most impact their votes. As always, the ever-humble Walker was quick to downplay his candidacy himself, saying he’s just happy to have made it this far. DJ LeMahieu Is Going to Look Familiar | FanGraphsJeff Sullivan of FanGraphs explores how DJ LeMahieu might remind Yankees fans of another DJ that used to play for New York.Bowden: Sizing up the rookies who are ready to make their mark in the majors in 2019 | The Athletic ($)Jim Bowden of The Athletic showcases 20 rookies who have the potential to give their teams plenty of production in 2019. For the Rockies, Bowden writes that top prospect Brendan Rodgers will have the opportunity to be their everyday second baseman.Baseball Is Broken: Can Anything Short of a Strike Fix It? | The RingerMichael Baumann of The Ringer dives deep into the subject of increasing revenues in baseball— revenues that the players are not seeing an even share of. The number of teams in on big free agents like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado appears to be very small. Could a strike be on its way? The MLB Player’s Association needs solidarity with its members first Enos Slaughter Jersey , Baumann writes. Corey Kluber can take another step toward a third Cy Young Award when he opens the Cleveland Indians‘ three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field.But the ace right-hander can do something else even more important — pitch his team even closer to clinching the American League Central.It won’t be easy against the red-hot Rays.Article continues below ...Tampa Bay, still a long-shot wild-card hopeful, completed a sweep of a three-game series with an 8-3 victory against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. The Rays have won seven of their last eight and 16 of their last 19 games, are 14 games above .500 for the first time this season and have won a franchise record-tying 11 straight in their building.They are 32-8 at the Trop since June 11.The Rays, who outscored the woeful Orioles 32-10 in three games, are 24-11 since the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.“Good way to wrap up the series,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said after Sunday’s game. “We had an opportunity to (get a three-game sweep) in Toronto and fell a little bit short. Today, the guys came out and put some pressure on their young pitcher (Josh Rogers) http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey , which is good to see. Brandon Lowe with the big (three-run) home run. Kind of the separator right there.”Despite losing in Toronto and the Twins winning at home Sunday, the Indians, running away with their division, are in position to clinch in St. Petersburg. Their magic number is five, so it’s clearly just a matter of time.The Rays went to Cleveland from Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 and won twice, losing only to Kluber, who allowed no runs and two hits in seven innings.Kluber (18-7, 2.75 ERA) Kolten Wong Jersey , who is 2-0 with an 0.66 ERA in his last two starts, goes for his MLB-leading 19th victory. He is 7-1 in his last nine starts as he tries to hold off other Cy contenders, including Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell.Kluber is 5-2 with a 2.17 ERA in nine career games against the Rays and 2-1 with a 3.38 in four starts at Tropicana Field.Reliever Diego Castillo will be the “opener” for the Rays on Monday night for the second time in three days as Tampa Bay goes to its new formula for success for the third straight game.MVP candidate Jose Ramirez provided a Cleveland highlight in Sunday’s loss, joining Joe Carter and Grady Sizemore as the only Indians players with 30 home runs and 30 steals in a season.“I feel really happy about that,” Ramirez said through a translator. “I kind of feel the same way about both (homers and steals).”Teammate Francisco Lindor, who hit his 34th homer of the season, said, “Not a lot of people do it in history. It’s a special number. He’s having a great season Trevor Rosenthal Jersey , and I’m very happy for him.”The current Rays roster is a combined 11-for-57 (.193) against Kluber. Carlos Gomez, who homered Sunday, is 1-for-8 (.125), but the hit was a home run. Ji-Man Choi is 1-for-7 (.143).The Indians are expected to activate Andrew Miller from the 10-day disabled list before Monday night’s game. He has been out — for the second time this season — with a left shoulder injury since Aug. 29.Tommy Pham, bothered by a hamstring, started at DH for the Rays on Sunday and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games.