When the Colorado Rockies resume play after the All Star break, their starting rotation will reset with a new #1 starter. Here’s a glimpse at what it could look like.
This is a no-brainier. Not only has the Denver native been the Rockies’ ace this season, but he’s developed into one of the best pitchers in the National League. Freeland is 8-6 with a 3.11 ERA and has led a revived Rockies’ rotation back to prominence and helped carry his team to into the heat of playoff competition. He currently sits fifth among all NL players in WAR, but somehow missed out on an All star Game selection. For the Rockies, when its all on the line, Freeland is the guy you want on the mound.
Anderson’s been around for parts of three seasons now and he’s hit enough short rough patches to inflate his numbers to the point that it can be hard to tell how good he really is. But if he continues pitching like he is right now, that will no longer be a problem by the end of the season. The lefty is having a career year at 6-3, 3.76, and 102 K’s. Over his last seven starts, Anderson has been nearly untouchable, posting a 2.09 ERA and a K/9 over 9. This stretch includes back-to-back games of 8 scoreless innings where Anderson looked a lot like the guy who put up a 1.19 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in his final four games of 2017.