Friday, August 25, 2017
The Good German
Talking about the Rockies' rotation is odder than usual this year. Not because the team's good, but because for the first time in over 5 years there's a competent, consistent rotation going on in Denver...and the ERA numbers are trying to tell me otherwise.
Right now German Marquez is coming off as the ace, as he's got a 10-5 record, over 100 strikeouts, and the sort of dominance that's been present in a ton of the pitchers in Colorado. Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela, Jon Gray, and the NEWLY REJUVENATED CHAD BETTIS are all doing fantastic. It's just hard for pitchers to keep ERAs down in Coors Field, and that's probably why a lot of sportswriters aren't still proclaiming that they're good. I should also note that Tyler Chatwood is a part of this rotation, and he's not really having a very good season, but the Rockies are still using him anyway.
With Jeff Hoffman back in the minors for now and Tyler Anderson on the DL, this rotation has depth, and no shortage of raw talent all-around. Their only downside is, yes, pitching at home, where even a liner could make it out of the park. But with people like Marquez and Freeland, there's more of a chance to succeed.
The Rockies have a good shot of staying in the Wild Card race, but with the Brewers slowly advancing, they're gonna need to keep this up if they wanna still be considered (to play the D-Backs).
Coming Tonight: The Blue Jays haven't been doing a ton right, but calling up this potential pitching savior is one of the few saving graces.