Rox Pile’s Colorado Rockies, NL West predictions for 2022
Who will be the Colorado Rockies’ best pitcher?
Tyler Paddor: Germán Márquez (second: Austin Gomber)
Kevin Larson: Germán Márquez. No real surprise here. I think Kyle Freeland will have another great year, but ultimately Márquez should be the Rockies’ ace yet again.
Nathaniel Sunshine: Germán Márquez. It is honestly hard to pick between Márquez and Freeland. Freeland has been solid after his collapse in 2019, but German was the leader last year. In the end, I’m going to let two of the most important stats dictate my pick: WAR and groundball percentage. On top of this, Marquez had a higher quality start rate than Freeland in 2021.
Duane DaPron: Reliever Alex Colomé. By mid-season at the latest, Colomé will take over the role as Rox closer and return to his All-Star form of 2017 when he topped the Majors with 47 saves while with Tampa Bay. The right-hander finishes with 28 saves with 21 coming after the All-Star break.
Noah Yingling: Germán Márquez. Again, completely agree with Nathaniel (and Kevin Larson) on this one.
Kevin Henry: Kyle Freeland. There’s a reason he is getting the Opening Day start. He finished 2021 strong and he’ll start the season strong as well. He’s pitching for a contract extension, and he’ll show the Rockies exactly why they should invest in him like they have Márquez and Senzatela.