Colorado Rockies: 3 pitchers who could be “X factors” in 2020
By Kevin Henry
Pitching will be a key factor in the successes or failures of the Colorado Rockies in a shortened 2020 Major League Baseball season.
With just 60 games in the 2020 regular season schedule, every game takes on added importance for the Colorado Rockies if they are to make the postseason for the third time in the last four years. Pitching will play a big role in Colorado’s ability to succeed in what has been labeled as the fifth-toughest schedule in MLB next season, going up against teams from the National League West and American League West.
Last season, statistically, the Rockies bullpen outperformed the rotation posting a lower opponent slash line (.263/.343/.467 versus .286/.352/.509), better WHIP (1.465 versus 1.516), and tOPS+ (94 versus 105).
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This offseason, the Rockies signed no free agents to a Major League contract. That, however, did not mean they were completely quiet when it came to signing players, with several being inked to minor league deals.
Among those are two pitchers new to the organization who could play an interesting role in an abbreviated season. A third pitcher who could also be an X factor for the Rockies this season saw action in just 12 games last year for Colorado after being traded to the Rockies during the season.
Let’s take a look at these three newer faces and what they could do to boost Colorado’s pitching prospects, in the bullpen and perhaps the rotation or long relief.