On the season, the Rockies have had three consistent go-to components heavily responsible for their current .500 plus record. Starter Jorge De La Rosa has been quietly assembling one of the best NL pitching efforts of the 2013 season, the bullpen has repeatedly stepped up when called upon and RHP Tyler Chatwood, called up in April from Colorado Springs, has been a machine from the mound with a 2.12 ERA.
This weekend, the Rockies had to place closer Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day DL, putting a dent in the reliable bullpen. On Monday Chatwood left the Reds game with right tricep soreness after just four innings of work. Recently called up Rob Scahill filled in admirably, throwing three scoreless innings after Chatwood left the game and keeping Colorado in it.
Chatwood is optimistic that the injury is minor inflammation that shouldn’t be too serious, but Rockies country won’t sleep until that is the official word on the injury. If Chatwood were to miss any significant amount of time, it could be a crushing blow to the Rockies’ starting rotation.
To say the timing was poor in the Chatwood injury would be an understatement. The team was riding a wave of momentum following the series defeat of their NL West rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
The solid emergency effort from the Rockies bullpen Monday would be for naught because the Reds had no problems in the pitching department. Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo made a habit of lulling the Rockies offense to sleep, throwing eight innings allowing four hits and no runs.
The three-game series continues Tueday in Cincinnati as Colorado sends Juan Nicasio to the mound to face Reds’ hurler Homer Baily. Nicasio hasn’t exactly been the model of consistency for Colorado in 2013, but a big Nicasio effort on Tuesday would be huge.