Colorado Rockies Rundown: Dickerson, Diaz, Arenado, CarGo, And Matzek

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Apr 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher T. Matzek (15) throws during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Matzek starting to figure things out?


Let’s give Tyler Matzek some credit for figuring out his problems and working some good innings with the Albuquerque Isotopes the last few weeks.

In his eight games back in Albuquerque since returning from a team-imposed mental break due to wildness, Matzek hasn’t been perfect, but he’s vastly improved from where he was just two months ago.

To the stats: 8 games, 9.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 8 BB, 11 K.

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A few things stand out about those numbers. First, eight walks in nine innings is obviously way too may, but considering where Matzek came from (his last game with the Isotopes in June saw him walk five batters and hit two more in a third of an inning…), this is a vast improvement. He has a ways to go, but he’s getting there.

Also, just two hits in 9.1 innings tells me (a) his wildness is causing problems for hitters trying to get comfortable in the box, and (b) he’s figuring out how to get outs even with runners on base via walk.

Basically, he’s not all the way back to normal yet — and it’d probably be advisable not to bring him back to Denver this month — but it’s great to see that he’s improving quickly and ought to be in the mix on some level in 2016.

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