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5. Chad Bettis/Gray/Yency Almonte
After a strong start, Bettis has struggled and watched his ERA skyrocket to 5.10. He was placed on the DL with a blister and though he was scheduled to return Saturday, he has been scratched from that start and the Rockies are yet to name his replacement. Gray could make his return in Bettis’ place, or the Rockies could opt to give Almonte his first big-league start.
Almonte, who turned 24 in June, was ranked as the number 10 prospect in the Rockies farm system by MLB.com at the beginning of the season. At the major league level this year, Almonte has pitched 4 innings over 3 games out of the bullpen for Colorado this season and only given up 2 unearned runs. Depending on how long Bettis is out with the blister, his spot in the rotation could remain a question mark into the second half.
This picture could change if the Rockies add a veteran starter to the mix before the deadline, but for the time being, at least the front end of the rotation looks pretty set.
With Freeland and Anderson leading the way, it looks like the Rockies’ starters may finally be putting it all together.