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Colorado Rockies Players You Can’t Trust

March 29th, 2015 at 2:05 PM
By Joe Lemere

Yesterday, we went over some of the Colorado Rockies that you can bank on. The guys who are going to perform up to their level no matter the circumstances, no matter the season. Today will be just the opposite. There are guys on the roster that you simply can't trust.

It may be hard to admit, but you simply cannot trust either Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez. You can trust them to give you All-Star levels of offensive production and Gold Glove defense, but you just can't trust them to stay on the field. They won't give you that high level production if they're not on the field, and unfortunately for them and for the team, they're not on the field far too often.

Besides the two obvious names there is an obvious area of the team you can't put your faith in — the starting rotation. There is not one single starting pitcher on the roster sans a healthy Jorge De La Rosa. Jordan Lyles and Tyler Matzek are both young and haven't had tons of success in the majors. Kyle Kendrick is a veteran presence in the rotation, but hasn't had a level of success to justify fans putting their faith in the man. The fifth starter spot is still up for grabs, as is the slot temporarily vacated by De La Rosa's injury.

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Colorado Rockies Players You Can Trust

March 28th, 2015 at 2:19 PM
By Joe Lemere

The start of the regular season is just about a week away. Yay! Baseball is the toughest sport to project forward as their will always be inconsistencies in a sport based on averages over a 162 game season. You just never know what any given player is going to definitively do during a season. That being said, there are players you can trust. You know what you're going to get from these Colorado Rockies.

The most trustworthy player on the Rockies roster is DJ LeMahieu. The key to LeMahieu's game is consistency. Consistency over a season and consistency over his career. Every year DJ is going to give the team Gold Glove caliber defense and an underrated bat. He's the best eight-hole hitter in the National League, an important role that he fills beautifully.

Another player you can trust already is Nick Hundley. Hundley won't provide much in the way of offense, though Coors Field could help that out a little bit, but his defense is solid. He receives the ball well and can call a great game, something the pitching staff desperately needs.

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Christian Bergman: the Colorado Rockies’ Forgotten Man

March 26th, 2015 at 9:24 PM
By Joe Lemere

Because of a surprising cut and an injury, two spots have opened up in the Colorado Rockies starting rotation. These openings have created spots for top prospects Eddie Butler and Jon Gray, but also for the likes of John Lannan and starter-turned-reliever-turned-starter-again Chad Bettis. And there's another guy trying to break camp with the big league squad — Christian Bergman.

Often lost in the excitement of the potential of Butler and Gray, Christian Bergman made his MLB debut last season. He did some good things, like his 3.10 K/BB ratio, but he also did some things poorly, like his 5.93 ERA. Overall, though, it was a successful first taste of the bigs because of how Bergman competed. He was in every game and showed oodles of fire and equal parts heart. There's a spot for a guy like that on every team.

This spring training has seen improvement in Bergman's numbers. In 11.2 innings pitched so far in the Cactus League, he has posted a 2.31 ERA, six strikeouts, four walks and a WHIP of 1.20. If he continues to put up solid numbers, the final spot in the rotation could — and probably should — be his.

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Eddie Butler Makes His Case for the Colorado Rockies

March 25th, 2015 at 10:32 PM
By Joe Lemere

Jhoulys Chacin has been cut and Jorge De La Rosa could miss the start of the season, opening holes in the starting rotation that need to be filled. One of the likely candidates to fill one of these spots is 24-year-old Eddie Butler. He may not have had the best results last season, but he still impressed and so far this spring training has looked quite good. He is making his case to start the season with the Colorado Rockies.

Butler led the way in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. In picking up the win, he went five innings, giving up five hits, one earned run while striking out two. At a time when a starting spot is clearly up for grabs, he came through in a big way against a divisional foe who put out their "A" team. That was a clutch performance.

For the spring, Eddie Butler ha posted a 2.63 ERA in 13.2 innings. He has given up 13 hits and three walks, but has struck out eight and has a WHIP of 1.17. After getting three starts last season and having a rather productive Cactus League, Butler seems a lock right now to start the season at the big league level. And if he pitches well, he might stay the whole year.

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Jorge De La Rosa Could Miss Start of Season

March 24th, 2015 at 10:15 PM
By Joe Lemere

And so it begins. A starting pitcher has been injured and will miss some games. Sound familiar? This time, however, the injury doesn't appear to be serious and the pitcher in question — Jorge De La Rosa — should miss only one or two games. The Colorado Rockies will be down the ace of their staff, but they could yet be able to survive.

De La Rosa was designated to start the home opener on April 10th against the Chicago Cubs, but that seems to be out of the window. Jorge was pulled out from his latest spring training start with an apparent groin injury. He underwent an MRI, and it showed nothing to be concerned about. Jorge will be shut down for the remainder of spring training and the wise move will probably be pushing his season debut back a start or two.

If he is forced to miss time, the Rockies will probably go with a four-man rotation to start the year with all of the off days built into the early part of the schedule. If they don't, though, it raises the question as to whom will start the home opener.

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