Early Guesses At The Colorado Rockies’ 2016 Starting Rotation

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Sep 3, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher C. Bergman (36) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

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Tyler Matzek

There’s a lot that Matzek has to do to prove to the Rockies that he still has something in the tank (mentally more than anything) and that he can salvage a big league career.

Even if he were to have a very good Spring Training, I think Matzek probably needs to prove more to the Rockies than a few good weeks of camp before they entrust him with the ball every fifth day in the big leagues.

Christian Bergman

Bergman’s a weird case; the Rockies have talked about keeping him extended in long relief so there’s a possibility he could start games on a moment’s notice in a swing man type role — and he has started games in 2015 — but he got injured and other long relievers were elevated to starting gigs, leaving Bergman out in the bullpen.

Altogether, though, Bergman’s not having a bad year, and he’s probably a guy who will start a game or two next year due to injuries and ineffectiveness, rather than be a long-term member of the rotation. Expect him as a swingman in the bullpen all year.

David Hale

There’s a reason the Rockies traded for David Hale last winter… right?

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