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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 15: Bud Black #10 of the Colorado Rockies cheers after a defensive out in the first inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on September 15, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 15: Bud Black #10 of the Colorado Rockies cheers after a defensive out in the first inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on September 15, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 22: Starting pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 22, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 22: Starting pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 22, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Colorado’s pitching is a threat — No, really!

That’s right.

The Rockies boast a formidable pitching staff that has already seen a lot of success.  And the best part? They’re young. Really young.

This means that more success can be expected for many years to come.

Jon Gray (10-4, 3.67 ERA, 9.1 K/9) is showing signs that he could soon become a true Major League ace.

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After struggling with injuries for most of 2017, Tyler Anderson returned to health and was nothing short of dominant, going 3-1 with a 1.19 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in September.

Chad Bettis returned late in the year after battling cancer and showed signs that next season he could return to the form he exhibited in the second half of 2016 when he went 7-2 with a 3.75 ERA.

And of course there’s those four rookies (Kyle Freeland, German Marquez, Jeff Hoffman, and Antonio Senzatela) who will be entering their second year in the big leagues with a lot more experience under their belts.

With the guidance of Bud Black and pitching coach Steve Foster, these young arms should continue to grow over the next few seasons, giving Rockies fans a lot to be excited about.

If these pitchers develop how the Rockies hope they will, Colorado will be seeing a lot more of Rocktober in the coming years.

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