Colorado Rockies: Three roster changes they need to make
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Move Chad Bettis to the bullpen
Chad Bettis is coming back off the DL from a blister injury. There have been many reports that he would be placed in the bullpen, but it turns out he will be starting in tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
While Bettis was on the DL, Antonio Senzatela left the bullpen and joined the rotation, all in all, he’s done as well as we thought he would. In his last start, which was against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he did end up the loss, but got 6 strikeouts out of it. That is one of the consistent things we’ve seen in his last 3 starts. Senzatela may not go that deep into games, but he can hold off runs and get guys swinging at what he wants them to.
Bettis’ last start before he hit the DL is a bit concerning which is why maybe keeping him in the bullpen would work well. He only pitched 4.2 innings and gave up 8 earned runs along with walking 5 batters. That’s not something you want to see from a starter and maybe him going to the DL helped, but either way, it’s something many will think about if he’s on the mound as a starter.
Having Chad Bettis in the bullpen could most likely help the Colorado Rockies when the rotation isn’t getting the job done early on as he could provide some length as a long reliever out of the bullpen. The Rockies rotation has been doing well since the start of July but if they start to falter, Bettis could be able to help pick up the slack.