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:

Player Date Opp IP BFP #Pit Player Date Opp IP BFP #Pit
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
German Marquez 4/6/2018 Atl 4.2 27 93

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.

at Stadium G PA AB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Miller Park 10 44 39 0.436 0.5 0.872 1.372
Nationals Park 15 64 58 0.345 0.406 0.672 1.079
Coors Field 370 1570 1430 0.317 0.368 0.598 0.966
AT&T Park 41 174 158 0.291 0.349 0.57 0.918
Great American 15 63 56 0.286 0.349 0.5 0.849
PETCO Park 46 184 160 0.275 0.344 0.488 0.832
Dodger Stadium 42 176 160 0.263 0.33 0.469 0.798
Chase Field 46 193 176 0.278 0.326 0.477 0.804
Wrigley Field 17 73 68 0.235 0.274 0.412 0.686
Atlanta-x 13 51 47 0.234 0.275 0.426 0.701
Citi Field 17 66 61 0.23 0.258 0.426 0.684
Busch Stadium 16 62 57 0.228 0.29 0.404 0.694
Citizens Bank Park 14 62 59 0.22 0.242 0.39 0.632
PNC Park 14 57 54 0.222 0.263 0.315 0.578
Marlins Park 20 78 72 0.181 0.244 0.306 0.549
x-Two ballparks
(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.

Player Date Opp HBP
Clint Barmes 4/16/2005 SF 2
Charlie Blackmon 8/6/2014 ChC 2
Charlie Blackmon 8/19/2014 KC 2
Jerald Clark 5/12/1993 SF 2
Ian Desmond 4/28/2018 Mia 2
Andres Galarraga 4/16/1996 SD 2
Andres Galarraga 6/1/1996 Pit 2
Andres Galarraga 7/12/1996 SD 2
Matt Holliday 9/19/2006 SF 2
Jonathan Lucroy 8/11/2017 Mia 2
Jay Payton 8/1/2003 Pit 2
Kevin Ritz 4/28/1995 Hou 2
Mandy Romero 8/17/2003 NYM 2
Larry Walker 9/2/1996 Pit 2
Larry Walker 5/16/1999 Ari 2
Larry Walker 6/5/1999 Mil 2
Larry Walker 5/22/2001 LA 2
Eric Young 7/11/1996 SD 2
Eric Young 6/24/2012 Tex 2

 

 

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