Apr 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher T. Matzek (15) leaves the game during the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The lefty starter is back in AAA Albuquerque again, and the Colorado Rockies are trying to figure out if there’s anything to be gained from him after a tough season.
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The Colorado Rockies sent Tyler Matzek back to AAA Albuquerque this week, after giving him a few months off baseball to deal with the psychological demons that had overcome him — and specifically, his control — during his first few starts of 2015.
After the original demotion to Albuquerque — and then to Boise (!) — and more wildness from Matzek, the Rox sent him home… and now he’s back. In AAA, that is.
It remains to be seen whether or not Matzek will pitch again in Colorado. He has to show the Rockies quite a bit the next couple weeks in Albuquerque to even think of getting the opportunity this year, and you’d have to guess that they’ll rather ease him in slowly next season, but with this club… who the hell knows.
In one inning of work in ABQ on Friday night, Matzek was scoreless, but he did walk three (and strike out two), throwing 13 of his 30 pitches for strikes.
Either way, Jeff Bridich is saying all the right things about Matzek:
"“I think this is a blip. I don’t think he’s fallen off a cliff. We certainly still believe in him to the utmost degree and he’ll be an impactful Major League pitcher for us again, like he was last year.”"
OK. But what do YOU think?