Colorado Rockies: 4 things we learned during this homestand

May 12, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of Coors Field in the fifth inning of the game between the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
May 12, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of Coors Field in the fifth inning of the game between the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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Tyler Anderson of the Colorado Rockies
May 13, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (44) delivers a pitch in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

The Rockies need the Tylers back sooner than later

Tyler Anderson and Tyler Chatwood are still struggling for the Colorado Rockies. Solid outings by Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela and German Marquez have helped mask some of the problems the Tylers have faced, but there’s only so long the Rockies can go without their current two “most veteran” pitchers not performing well.

Anderson is 2-4 with a 6.43 ERA in eight starts. Opponents are hitting .289 against him and he’s given up 10 homers on the season, including one in Saturday’s loss to the Dodgers.

Of Anderson’s eight starts this season, he has pitched six innings only one time. That came at the start of the homestand against Arizona when Anderson had his best outing of the season by allowing just one earned run.

He’s been battling inflammation in his left knee so there may be concern about Anderson’s health in the coming days if that doesn’t improve. It could also explain some of the issues the 27-year-old southpaw has had this season.

Chatwood hasn’t fared much better, going 3-5 with a 5.25 ERA in eight starts. He’s allowed five earned runs in three of his last four starts, including Friday’s loss to the Dodgers. He’s allowed four or more earned runs in six of his eight starts this season.

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With Jon Gray still on the disabled list, Chatwood and Anderson are the veterans of the Rockies staff. As good as the Senzatela and Freeland have been at times this season, Colorado needs their entire rotation to be strong as they head into a long road trip and continue to battle for the lead in the National League West.

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