Pitchers of the Month
German Márquez was the Rockies’ best pitcher through the last 28 games, narrowly edging out Kyle Freeland’s 2.15 ERA with his own 2.14. In six starts, German pitched 42.0 innings and went 2-1, giving up just 10 runs (all earned) on 26 hits, good for a .176 batting against average. He struck out 53 hitters and walked just 10 (one intentional).
An honorable mention is deserved for Freeland, though. He continued his breakout campaign, going 3-1 in August and giving up just nine runs on 32 hits. He whiffed 42 hitters and walked 15.
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Lefty Tyler Anderson had to fight tooth and nail through an extremely tough August, a month that saw him post an 11.39 ERA in 21.1 innings. He gave up 27 runs, all earned, on 35 hits, including nine homers. This is in stark contrast to his 2.16 ERA in 33.1 innings in July.
Again noted by the Rockies broadcast on Monday afternoon, when Anderson was missing his spots in his past handful of starts, he was missing in hittable locations up in the strike zone. Because he averages only 91.8 mph on his fastball this season according to baseballsavant.com, Anderson has to make up for his lack of velocity with pinpoint accuracy, something that simply eluded him.
He saw a step back in the right direction on Monday afternoon, as he threw 5.1 innings giving up just three runs on six hits and striking out seven, including two in the first inning, to beat the San Francisco Giants. He did not issue a walk.
Before Monday, his last victory came on July 4 when he threw eight shutout innings at home to beat the Giants.
After a dismal road trip through the National League Central for Wade Davis to begin the month, he has since looked like the pitcher the Rockies were hoping he’d be when he cashed in on free agency last offseason.
Since giving up three earned runs in a third of an inning against the Dodgers on August 9, “Wader” has yielded just two hits and one walk against 13 strikeouts in nine innings. He’s also nailed down six saves during that span.
As the Rockies embark on these uncharted waters, they’re going to need Davis to continue to be rock-solid at the back of the bullpen.