For Starters, Senzatela Starting to Force the Issue
Antonio Senzatela, who opened the season in the Rockies bullpen, was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque at the start of May. The idea was to put him in the rotation, and build up the arm strength so if a need arose in the rotation he could step in.
While Senzatela has battled a groin injury since joining the Isotopes, he is showing signs that he is ready for a big-league call-up. And the Rockies certainly have uncertainty in the rotation, even if they remain the only team in the National League that has used the same five starters the entire season. Houston, in the AL, also has used only five starters.
The stability is nice, but there are reasons for concern. The Rockies rotation has the second-worst ERA in the NL, better than only Cincinnati, and it's not just a Coors Field thing. The Rockies rotation has a road ERA of 4.15, the seventh-worst in the NL, as well.
Senzatela might be able to patch as least one of the holes in the rotation. He was a key part of the rotation for a good part of the 2017 season (10-5 with a 5.03 ERA in 20 starts).
He is coming off a 3-1 win against Sacramento on Thursday in which he allowed three singles and a walk in 7 2/3 scoreless innings. That came after two abbreviated starts -- June 6 when the groin problem forced him out after retiring two hitters and 3 1/3 innings last Saturday in his return to the rotation.
Before the groin injury flared up for a second time, however, he had back-to-back quality starts, allowing one run in six innings of a May 26 start at Sacramento, and again on May 31 against Fresno.
He is 3-1 in eight starts for the Isotopes with a 2.15 ERA. He has walked 12, but struck out 42 in 37 2/3 innings.
Kyle Freeland is the one Rockies starter who has been solid. He has a quality start in 10 of his last 12 starts. He is 7-3 in that stretch with a 2.64 ERA and has shown durability. Not only has he thrown more than 100 pitches in each of his last five starts, but he has averaged 99 1/2 pitches a start in the 12 games. He has thrown 89 or more pitches each time out.
|Totals ERA 2.64||7||3||78.1||66||23||23||6||23||64||1194|
Jon Gray, the Opening Day starter the past two seasons and the pitcher the Rockies selected to start their wild-card game against Arizona last October, has been the most frustrating. He is 3-3 in his last nine starts, but the 7.35 ERA is more indicative of his struggles.
On Thursday, the Rockies did rally for a 9-8 win at San Francisco, but Gray left with the game tied 5-5 after four innings. He went into the bottom of the fourth with a 5-2 lead, but a leadoff walk to Andrew McCutchen set the tone for a game-tying rally, and to keep the score tied at 5-5, Gray needed two strikeouts to escape a first-and-third, one-out jam with three runs already home.
June 17 at Texas, he had a 5-1 lead going into the sixth inning, but couldn't finish the inning, giving up four of the five runs the Rangers scored in that inning.
|Totals ERA: 7.35||3||3||7.35||45.1||62||38||37||6||18||70||841|
.Chad Bettis has been the puzzle. From 2013-17, Bettis was 13-7 with a 4.59 ERA in 33 starts at Coors Field, the Rockies winning 23 of those games. This year, he has been nails on the road (5-1, 2.72 ERA), but is winless in seven starts at home with an 8.75 ERA.
|Totals ERAL 8.75||0||0||36||50||35||35||8||14||29||636|
Tyler Andeson has hit on hard times. It's not only that he is 1-2 with a 4.97 ERA in his last seven starts, but the Rockies are 1-6 in those games.
|Totals ERA: 4.97||1||2||41.2||44||23||23||8||12||34||699|
German Marquez has been inconsistent from the start of the season, but it's become a bigger concern in June when the Rockies are 1-4 in his starts, and he has allowed four or more runs each time out, compiling an 8.53 ERA.
|Totals ERA: 8.53||1||3||25.1||35||25||24||8||11||30||472|