The Colorado Rockies have as solid a starting three as any ball club in MLB. The problem is, things get sketchy when the fourth and fifth pitcher takes the mound for Colorado. It’s been an issue all season for the Rockies that has required a number of roster moves to this point.
Gone are former no. 4 and 5 guys Jon Garland, Juan Nicasio and Jeff Francis. Now filling the role are veteran Roy Oswalt and young lefty Drew Pomeranz. So far, the issues remain. In his return to the bigs, Pomeranz was only able to last 4.1 innings, giving up four runs. In all fairness it’s one start, so the jury is still out on the lefty.
Oswalt is another story. In his three starts, he has yet to make it out of the sixth inning and has allowed no less than four runs in each start. Tuesday night was Oswalt’s worst effort to date. Lasting only five innings, the veteran surrendered five runs to NL West Division foes the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Fortunately for the Rockies, they are in a division where no team seems interested in securing the division title. The Rockies are now a pair of games under .500 but only two out of the division lead. That said, something is inevitably going to give in the division.
If the Rockies plan to be that team, they have got to get reliable pitching top to bottom – not just their best three. Colorado sends Tyler Chatwood to the mound Wednesday to face Dodgers’ Zack Grienke in the second game of the series Wednesday night.