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Morning Mound Visit: Jeff Bridich resigns as Rockies GM

Bridich is out but Monfort remains; Bumgarner’s unofficial no-no; Are the Royals good?

Nolan Arenado Press Conference

Nick Groke | The Athletic $: Last week, Rockies owner Dick Monfort encouraged Jeff Bridich to resign as general manager. The pressure came less than three months after Monfort engineered and permitted Bridich to trade Nolan Arenado for basically nothing. Bridich, who was responsible for alienating Arenado in the first place, is gone, but with Monfort still calling the shots, the on-field product doesn’t appear to improve any time soon.

Jay Jaffe | FanGraphs: On Sunday, Madison Bumgarner held Atlanta hitless in a complete game shutout, but since it came during a doubleheader and the game was shortened to seven innings, it doesn’t officially count as a no-hitter. MLB and Elias Sports Bureau are reportedly discussing whether to amend the ruling that no-hitters in games shorter than nine innings do not count.

Max Rieper | Royals Review: The best record in the American League belongs to... the Kansas City Royals? Even if April is one of the least predictive months, getting out of the box strong has been a successful formula for the Royals in the past.

Quick Hits

Corbin Burnes struck out another nine batters without issuing a walk. He’s up to 49 strikeouts without a walk to start the season. He needs two more to tie Kenley Jansen’s 51 in 2017.

After a tough first inning, Shohei Ohtani struck out nine batters in five innings while going 2-for-3 at the plate.

Matt Harvey had a strong outing against the Yankees, going six innings, striking out five, walking three, and allowing just one run. His fastball velocity was also the highest it had been all year.