As the team gets ready for the 2020 season, it’s time for the Rox to figure out the 2020 Rockies starting rotation.
2020 Rockies Starting Rotation: The Three Safe Spots
There are three pitchers that are for sure going to be in the starting rotation. German Marquez, Jon Gray, and Kyle Freeland are locked in for the Rockies. Marquez will be the ace this year because of his great numbers last year. He went 12-5 in 28 games with an ERA of 4.75.
The two stats that are most impressive are his 175 SO and 1.20 WHIP. Gray should be the second guy up. Last year he posted an 11-8 record in 26 games. He also had 150 strikeouts, and a 3.84 ERA, and a WHIP of 1.35.
The last person safe in the rotation is Kyle Freeland. Freeland had a ‘rocky’ start last season, but he is bound to make a comeback after showing a little bit of hope at the end of the year. Despite his horrible 6.73 ERA, he did possess a decent 1.58 WHIP. Freeland was projected to be the ace last year so being the third man up this year should take some pressure off of him.
2020 Rockies Starting Rotation: Those in the Hunt:
Peter Lambert spent some time in MLB last year and showed some promise. He only pitched in 19 games and had a record of 3-7, but had 57 strikeouts and a 1.74 WHIP. He is going to need to bring his 7.25 ERA down a bit, but overall he’s a very strong prospect and might take the fourth or fifth spot on this rotation in 2020.
Antonio Senzatela spent time in the rotation in 2019, but he was slowed down by injuries. He pitched in 25 games and had an 11-11 record. His ERA needs to come down from his 6.71 if he wants his spot back in 2020. He struck out 76 batters, and his WHIP wasn’t horrible at 1.75. Senzatela has the tools to be in this rotating spot, but he needs to be more consistent.
Chi Chi Gonzalez pitched for the Rockies, mostly at the end of the season and for that reason, he only pitched 14 games and has a 2-6 record. In those 14 games, he had a 5.29 ERA and 46 strikeouts. His WHIP was decent at 1.46.
Chi Chi also showed some promise at the end of the year. After having an awful month of August, and posting an 11.81 ERA for the month, he had an impressive September ERA of 1.65. If he shows what he is capable of and performs as he did in September, then he will have a spot. If he shows his August side then he will be bounced.
Jeff Hoffman is the last player that is a strong candidate for the starting rotation. Hoffman only pitched in 15 games in 2019. In those games he was 2-6 with a 6.56 ERA. He also had 68 strikeouts and a 1.59 WHIP. Even with the high ERA, the impressive stat is his strikeout numbers, That equals to about 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings, making him a very strong candidate to snatch up the fifth spot in the rotation.
The biggest point of concern is his inconsistency. In 2019, his best game was on September 29th when he allowed just two runs in five innings while striking out four batters. There is still a lot for Hoffman to prove before he has a concrete spot in MLB. He can sure do it, but it is an uphill battle.
Regardless of what the Rockies choose, they need consistency. They need to set their offense and bullpens up for success. If the five-man starting rotation does their jobs, then this Rockies team could be very good. in 2020.
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