In our series preview against the Giants from early Monday morning, we reported that Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black had not decided who he was going to start on Tuesday. However, he has decided who to start the game.
The Colorado Rockies recently announced that right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood will be starting Tuesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday in what will be considered to be a ‘bullpen day,’ according to Chris Haft of MLB.com in this article.
Chatwood could go long during the game but considering that he hasn’t started a game since August 2. However, per Haft, Chatwood has good career numbers against the Giants. He is 7-3 with 2.83 ERA in 15 career games (14 of which are starts). This season, he is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in three starts this year.
Ty Blach will be facing Chatwood and, in our series preview, we noted that Blach has an ERA of 7.77 in his past four starts. However, per Haft, Blach has a 2.53 ERA at Coors Field in 10 2/3 innings so that will be something to keep an eye on.
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The Rockies bullpen
With September roster expansion, the Rockies bullpen currently has 10 relievers. I would also expect to see some appearances from Antonio Senzatela and Jeff Hoffman. Senzatela hasn’t appeared in a game since last Monday, August 28, and Hoffman was recently recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque as a part of September roster expansion.
I say that both of them will receive action because they can give Bud Black some length and, as a result, he wouldn’t have to burn through the whole bullpen.
Although Haft says that Chatwood could go as high as 100 pitches, I highly doubt that he goes long. He hasn’t made more than 44 pitches since August 2 and he hasn’t made 100 pitches since July 6 (when he made exactly 100 pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in six innings of work).
I would speculate that he wouldn’t go any more than five innings but most likely less so that the Rockies can see of their other relievers.