Colorado Rockies: Chad Bettis Will Start Thursday In LA


Apr 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chad Bettis (35) prepares to throw in the eight inning against the Chicago White Sox at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Sox 8-1. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies have recalled Chad Bettis, who will start Thursday’s game in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, in place of Tyler Matzek. 

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After demoting Tyler Matzek to AAA Albuquerque this week, the Colorado Rockies needed to add a member to their starting rotation over the weekend, and they have now done that with news that Chad Bettis will start Thursday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

Bettis had been throwing the ball fairly well in AAA Albuquerque, and I had hypothesized earlier this year that he was going to soon earn the opportunity to come back to the bigs, and – maybe once and for all – show the Rockies whether or not he belongs in Denver.

Bettis has very limited experience at Dodger Stadium (just two relief appearances, totaling 1.2 innings while allowing no runs and striking out two batters), though the Dodgers have hit him hard overall (13 hits and four walks in less than nine career innings) in four games/one start.

Nevertheless, he’s the starter throwing the best in Albuquerque at the moment, and has earned the right to take the hill for the Rockies, considering the current state of the big club’s rotation.