It’s that time again. Time to do some complaining about the Colorado Rockies. I understand that there are many things to be upset about lately but I must single out Chad Bettis and his struggles in my latest edition of Runners on 1st…and 2nd Guesses.
The Rockies have team control of Bettis with one more year of arbitration eligibility. However, they need to let him go before he gets to that point and wastes another chunk of payroll next season. He is making $3.325 million this season and the last thing the Rockies need is another overpriced arm in the bullpen (i.e. Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee) who can’t get anyone out.
Sadly, it will be hard to see him released as his personal story is so inspirational. He quickly battled back from testicular cancer in 2017 and has a done some amazing things for the community of Denver and for cancer awareness. Unfortunately, he just is not getting it done on the mound.
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After another poor performance Tuesday night, the 30-year-old right hander’s stats now sit at an unacceptable 6.14 ERA with a 1-5 record after being demoted to the bullpen after three horrible starts to begin the season.
His struggles have become so predictable that I even called Justin Turner‘s two-run home run, to my utter dismay on Twitter (check out my timeline @FlatlandRockies), moments after it was announced that he was replacing starter Kyle Freeland in the fourth inning in the Rockies’ 9-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
At his age and 6-plus seasons in the Majors, Bettis is who he is. He is a career 5+ ERA with a below average 1.5 WHIP and a low 90s fastball which spells disaster for 81 games a season at Coors Field.
We all are inspired by Chad Bettis but he isn’t getting it done in Denver. Thank you Chad, but it is time for you to move on.