As the offseason winds down, the time nears for pitchers and catchers to report it’s time to discuss business. With the smell of fresh cut grass and hot dogs approaching, it’s time to get serious about baseball again. With that, we have to talk about the Colorado Rockies pitching rotation.
Even though as of right now it doesn’t seem so sure that the Rockies will be getting a veteran starter, there is plenty of hope for this rotation. Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich and the front office came through for the bullpen by signing relievers Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee. However, we will save that for another time. Today, let’s go ahead and take a look at the starting rotation.
1. Jon Gray
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Jon Gray is the ace of the Rockies. He put up solid numbers last season with 10 wins,112 strikeouts, and a 3.67 ERA in 20 starts. In his final 14 starts, he went 8-3 with a 2.88 ERA.
By the time Spring Training rolls around, Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster will be able to ground him. As the NL West rapidly becomes a competitive division he’ll have to go against other aces like Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
Along with being an ace comes the important role of starting in postseason games. We’ve all seen what happened last year and no one wants a repeat of what happened in the Wild Card game in 2017.