The Rockies’ Opportunity
The Rockies, you may have noticed, have historically had trouble getting good pitching. I won’t burden you with the details of this. However, if you would like more information about Colorado’s lack of pitching, please see every article about Coors Field ever. This year, however, they are in particular need of a starter like deGrom.
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The Rockies were in first place less than two weeks ago before a string of bad play and bad luck dropped them down to fourth place and six games back as of deGrom’s Monday beatdown. The division is relatively weak and still well within reach if the Rockies can make improvements – and nowhere makes sense to improve like the top of the rotation.
The Rox are set at nearly every position on the field. Their current crop of young pitchers, led by Kyle Freeland and Jon Gray, is among the best in the organization’s history, though as always the back end of the rotation has been hard to fill consistently.
Despite some recent struggles, talent-wise, the bullpen is as strong as it’s ever been, with Wade Davis et al providing a depth and consistency that’s traditionally been hard to come by. Still though, the Rockies lack a true ace that can confidently match up with the Scherzers of the world; someone that they can confidently give the ball to in, say, a one-game Wild Card playoff.