By Nina Zimmerman on April 20, 2014
Despite early injuries, the Colorado Rockies’ pitching corps have had some surprises early in the season. The dominance of Jordan Lyles and strong return of Tyler Chatwood, paired with Juan Nicasio riding the momentum of a strong spring into the season give the rotation added depth. The bullpen, anchored by veteran LaTroy Hawkins, has also impressed at times. Here are early grades for the Rockies’ rotation and bullpen.
0-3 record, 7.58 ERA, 1.42 WHIP
De La Rosa's performance is one of the few dark spots in the Rockies' rotation. If there's any positive to his pitching this season, it's his WHIP and the fact that his strikeout-to-walk numbers are strong. In 19 innings pitched, De La Rosa has 20 strikeouts and just eight walks.
1-0 record, 2.77 ERA, 0.69 WHIP
Since returning recently from a short stint on the DL, Chatwood has been nothing short of strong in his two starts. He's surrendered four earned runs in 13 innings, and has one walk compared to 11 strikeouts.
3-0 record, 3.04 ERA, 1.14 WHIP
Originally intended as a temporary fill-in while Chatwood was on the DL, Lyles’ dominance on the mound was both a pleasant surprise and an impetus for him to earn more starts. When Chatwood returned, Lyles stayed in the rotation and continued to succeed. Lyles also has some pop at the plate, with a .300/.364/.400 line in 10 at-bats.
2-0 record, 3.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP
The Rockies have little to complain about in Nicasio's performance this season. In addition to his strong record and ERA, he's also walked just four batters while striking out 15 in 18 innings pitched.
Anderson: 0-2, 3.60 ERA, 1.40 WHIP
Morales: 1-1, 5.09 ERA, 1.59 WHIP
Anderson started three games before breaking a finger during an at-bat against the San Francisco Giants. His three starts toed the line of mediocrity, never really crossing into terrible, but definitely not good. In his stead, Morales' pitching has been on that same line. When Anderson returns in a month, expect Morales to return to the bullpen, where he's most comfortable.
3-3 record, 3.38 ERA, 1.16 WHIP
Evidenced by its even 3-3 record, the Rockies' bullpen has had a season that wavers from not bad to good, never quite reaching great. It ranks seventh in baseball in collective WHIP, which is pretty impressive, and 14th in collective ERA. As a whole, the team's relievers have blown just two saves, and closer LaTroy Hawkins is a perfect 5-for-5 in save opportunities this season.
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