One of the biggest areas of need for the Colorado Rockies that has continuously been pointed out as the trade deadline creeps ever closer is the rotation.
With the Colorado Rockies locked into a tight race to qualify for their third consecutive postseason through the Wild Card, the Rockies will need to make moves at the trade deadline. Those moves will likely focus on the pitching side of things for the team, both starters and relievers.
One of the names who will likely be on the move at the trade deadline is Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman. We have already discussed the positives and negatives of Stroman joining the Rockies in this article (clicking on the link will open the article in another window) as well as what it might take for the Rockies to land Stroman in this article (clicking on the link will open the article in another window).
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In an excellent article by MLB.com’s Alexis Brudnicki (that you can read here), Stroman talks about his most recent outing against the New York Yankees as well as why he believes he will be a strong second-half pitcher. Additionally, there’s a good quote in there from Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge on what he sees from Stroman.
Our colleague Manny Randhawa pulled one of Stroman’s quotes from the article and put it into this tweet, which caught our eye…
There is a lot to take in, not only with that quote but also what Stroman could potentially mean to the Rockies rotation. A pitcher who keeps the ball on the ground and limits homers pitching at Coors Field? Rockies fans would certainly be in on that.
If you want to see the statistical information and dive deep into the metrics on Stroman, we highly recommend this blog post on FanGraphs. It contains some great information for Rockies fans to dive into on the highly coveted Toronto starter.
With Colorado entering Monday’s play with the worst ERA in the National League (5.29), something has to be done to boost the pitching. The Rockies (and plenty of other teams) are likely thinking Stroman could be the answer.