Sunday 4x4: Starters Could Assume Heavier Load
German Marquez threw 113 pitchers in his six-inning effort against the Marlins on Saturday night. There have been 336 pitchers throw more pitches in a game in Rockies history, but none of them have been this season. Kyle Freeland and Jon Gray, both of whom have had 101-pitch efforts, are tied for second in 2018.
And while teams are limiting pitch counts as part of the growing impact of analytics, manager Bud Black indicated Rockies pitchers could work deeper into games.
"We're going to, at times, push guys because we need them," Black said in his post-game media session. "And actually, they're up for it. Guys want to pitch, especially young guys."
A look at the top pitch counts for Rockies pitchers this year and the Top 10 totals in franchise history:
|German Marquez||4/28/2018||Mia||6||27||113||Pedro Astacio||6/6/1999||Mil||7.2||37||153|
|Kyle Freeland||4/13/2018||Was||4.2||21||101||Armando Reynoso||6/26/1993||SF||9||36||152|
|Jon Gray||4/25/2018||SD||6||20||101||Armando Reynoso||5/15/1993||Cin||6.2||31||142|
|German Marquez||4/16/2018||Pit||6||22||97||Mark Thompson||5/1/1996||LA||8.2||34||141|
|Tyler Anderson||4/15/2018||Was||4.2||21||94||Jamey Wright||9/3/1999||NYM||8||34||141|
|Chad Bettis||4/12/2018||Was||7||24||94||Brian Bohanon||9/13/2000||SD||9||39||140|
|Chad Bettis||4/23/2018||SD||5||22||94||Darryl Kile||8/9/1998||NYM||9||40||140|
|Kyle Freeland||4/8/2018||Atl||6||26||94||Armando Reynoso||5/31/1993||Pit||9||41||140|
|Jon Gray||4/14/2018||Was||5.2||25||94||David Nied||5/11/1993||SF||7||33||139|
|Jon Gray||4/4/2018||SD||7||26||93||Brian Bohanon||8/28/1999||Phi||9||32||137|
Manager Bud Black had a positive report in discussing the four ailing Rockies.
|Player (injury)||Black says:|
|OF Carlos Gonzalez (right hamstring)||Cargo ran on Friday. He's about 75 percent.|
|Eligible to come off DL Sunday|
|LHP Kyle Freeland (bruised right heel)||I think he's going to be okay for his start (Monday).|
|Scheduled to start Monday at Cubs|
|LHP Tyler Anderson (heartbeat issue)||Everything points to making his next start.|
|Came out in 2nd inning Friday|
|2B DJ LeMahieu (hamstring tighness)||We might have avoided DL. We're encouraged.|
|Removed from game Friday|
The Rockies look for only their second series victory in the history of Marlins Park on Sunday. They split the first two games of the series with the Marlins. Rest assured, Nolan Arenado will be glad to get on the plane Sunday night and fly to Chicago. His lowest career batting average in a park in which he has at least 10 at-bats is at Marlins Park.
|Citizens Bank Park||14||62||59||0.22||0.242||0.39||0.632|
|(Turner Field and|
|Sun Trust Stadium)|
Ian Desmond became the 10th Rockies player to be hit by a pitch twice in a game. The 10 players have had a total of 20 games with being hit by a pitch twice, including Larry Walker four times, Andres Galarraga three times, and Eric Young and Charlie Blackmon twice each.