Colorado Rockies: The post- All-Star break pitching rotation

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 7: Starter Kyle Freeland #21 of the Colorado Rockies delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 7, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JULY 7: Starter Kyle Freeland #21 of the Colorado Rockies delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 7, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /
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Chad Bettis of the Colorado Rockies
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 01: Chad Bettis #35 of the Colorado Rockies pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

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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.

Final Thoughts

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.

Next: Kyle Freeland deserves to be an All-Star

With Freeland and Anderson leading the way, it looks like the Rockies’ starters may finally be putting it all together.

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