Colorado Rockies: Five trends that will continue throughout the season

DENVER, COLORADO - APRIL 20: Pitcher Brian Shaw #29 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field on April 20, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - APRIL 20: Pitcher Brian Shaw #29 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field on April 20, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, COLORADO – APRIL 24: Starting pitcher German Marquez #48 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field on April 24, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

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German Marquez is the best Rockies starter…by far

The current Rockies rotation (German Marquez, Jon Gray, Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela, and Tyler Anderson) has a total bWAR of 1.9 entering May.

German Marquez’s bWAR is 1.5. The next highest after that is Gray’s 0.7 so, thus far, by this and watching the games, Marquez has pitched like the Rockies ace.

Kyle Freeland started on Opening Day for the Rockies but he has struggled a lot, partially due the blister on his middle finger on his throwing hand.

Marquez has been dominate for much of the season so far and, personally, I think that if the Rockies make the postseason, he’ll likely be the Rockies Wild Card game or Game 1 starter in the NLDS.

A big question mark in the fifth starter spot

Tyler Anderson has been injured for some of this season but even in his return from the injured list, he has been awful.

He has an ERA of 11.34 and a FIP of 7.43 in 4 starts. In his two starts since coming off the IL, his ERA is actually even worse as it is 11.74. He also hasn’t gotten out of the 5th inning in either of those starts. In his first two starts, he completed the fifth inning once (his first start, when he went an even five innings).

He’s actually striking out well more than his career average (8.2 was his career average before this season and he is averaging 9.7 per nine innings this year) but his walk rate is double his career average (2.7 average to 5.4 this year).

There’s only so much that the Rockies can deal with if Anderson keeps posting bad starts.

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Personally, I think that the Rockies need to address the starting rotation at the trade deadline if Anderson (or others) struggle in the rotation.

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