Thing 3: Is there a starting pitcher out there?
Tim Melville has been a great story for the Rockies since being called up on August 21. With a 2-1 mark and 3.66 ERA, Melville has been the steadying force of the rotation since his arrival.
But is he good enough to be a part of the 2020 rotation?
Peter Lambert is young and is learning on the job. After some rough outings, he had a good start on Sunday in the series finale in San Diego, allowing five hits and one run in five innings. Where does he fit into the 2020 plans?
And what about Antonio Senzatela?
Kyle Freeland, German Marquez and Jon Gray will return to the rotation next season. We have heard little about Tyler Anderson‘s status and Chad Bettis will be up for arbitration at the age of 31. Will he stay as a part of the franchise?
The back end of the rotation is currently a question mark and, if the Rockies don’t go after a free agent (as has been the case in recent times), Colorado will have to rely upon what it has in house.
What does that mean? It means some of the pitchers who will step onto the mound in September could also be taking the mound in April of 2020. Following that logic, let’s see how they perform against some of the NL’s best in these final 18 games and see where that lands them in a potential race to be a part of the 2020 rotation.