Anderson Skipped in Padres Series; Will he Start Monday for Rockies?

Rockies manager Bud Black answered one question on Wednesday -- Antonio Senzatela will fill the uncertain spot in the rotation for Friday's game in San Diego, following German Marquez in the series opener Thursday, and ahead of Jon Gray and Kyle Freeland.

The Rockies are skipping Tyler Anderson's turn to start in the rotation, which Black said was going to happen after Anderson's struggles continued with a loss to the Angels in Anaheim on Monday. 

That, however, leads to the question of who will start in Monday's homestand-opening game against the Giants. Will seven days between starts be deemed enough time to rejuvenate Anderson and put him back in the rotation?

Will Anderson assume that spot, even though Black has worked to keep Anderson and Freeland from pitching back-to-back because they are both left-handed, would Black change that approach in the final four weeks of the regular season? 

Will Chad Bettis return to the rotation, after being moved to the bullpen recently to make room for Antonio Senzatela in the rotation?

The possibility of Jeff Hoffman being given that start faded when he made his scheduled start at Albuquerque on Thursday night, giving up five runs in four innings. It isn't likely to bring him back on three days rest.

Hoffman, however, does figure to join the Rockies next week. The major-league rosters expand from 25 to as many as 40 players on Sept. 1.

The Struggles of Anderson

Date Opponent W L IP H R ER HR BB SO
July 30 @StL L 5-4 0 0 6 3 4 4 1 3 5
Aug. 4 @Mil L 8-4 0 1 4 7 7 7 3 3 4
Aug. 9 LAD L 8-5 0 0 6 4 1 1 0 1 6
Aug. 15 @Hou L 12-1 0 1 4.1 7 9 9 3 3 4
Aug. 21 SD L 4-3 0 1 6.1 10 4 4 2 0 8
Sunday StL L 12-3 0 1 0.2 7 6 6 1 1 1
W L INN H R ER HR BB SO
ERA: 10.21 BAA: .328 0 4 27.1 38 31 31 10 11 28
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