The Colorado Rockies continue their road trip this week with a four-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies and a weekend series in Miami. These two series won’t get much publicity, but they will prove to be good tests for the Rockies young players yet again. The Phillies boast a veteran team having a down year and the Miami Marlins will throw out young fireballers Jose Fernandez and Jacob Turner, who will be a tough challenge for the Rockies lineup.
Here’s what I will be looking for this week:
Jeff Manship will be fighting for his rotation spot. After two poor starts, this will likely be his last chance to stick in the rotation. Both of the home runs he has given up have been to left-handed batters, so the game against the left-handed-heavy Phillies will be a good test for him.
I’m looking for Chad Bettis to have a bounce back start and get ahead of hitters. Everything I’ve seen from him gives me hope that he could win a spot in the rotation for next year, except his results. He has good stuff and good poise on the mound. He just hasn’t put it all together yet. But if you choose to only watch one game this week, I would pick the one he starts as he is the most intriguing pitching prospect right now.
I will also be looking for an above-.500 road trip. There are some tough match ups this week against Cliff Lee, Fernandez and Turner, but the Rockies need some momentum heading into a difficult home stand when they host the San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers. The goal of a .500 season is in reach, but they need to start playing better on the road.
Other news this week:
Rafael Betancourt is off the DL. If he throws well this week, he could be headed elsewhere in a waiver-wire deal. Carlos Gonzalez could return by this weekend after a hand injury forced him to the DL. Also, Jhoulys Chacin will be leaving the team for a couple of days to deal with the loss of his grandmother. He is still expected to start Friday in Miami.