Poor Pitching Rotation Makes Rockies A Bad MLB Pick In 2016

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 10:25 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2016 10:25 PM UTC

At home, the Colorado Rockies are susceptible to the long ball and that's what a pitcher knows when signing with this losing organization. See how fair in the MLB Odds. 

The Rockies are currently at +15000 odds to win the World Series at Bovada and you would be basically buying a lottery ticket that you can rip up if you place MLB picks on them.

Jorge De La Rosa
We start off with the ace of the staff and immediately the numbers tell the story as De La Rosa was 9-7 with a respectable 4.17 ERA last season of course. He held opposing batters to a .247 batting average. This is considered good as De La Rosa pitched to a 5.40 ERA at Coors Field.

A pitcher's overall statistics, just as a hitters, have to be looked at differently when they're a member of the Rockies. De La Rosa is a solid ace and competitor and will do his best to deal with the altitude level in Colorado and will be a threat on the road.


Example and Starter #2
Chad Bettis had a similar season to that of Jorge De La Rosa. In just 115 innings (20 starts), Bettis managed to muster up a winning 8-6 mark with a respectable 4.23 ERA. Bettis was had a 3.41 ERA against the National League and the Rockies have to be happy about that. We go to his ERA at home and yet again it's not pretty as he pitched to a 4.99 ERA. Bettis is a pitcher that allowed a lot of hits to opposing batters, but managed to do a fantastic job with men on base. We should see some improvement from Bettis as he's a very inexperienced pitcher. 


A Reason Why the Rockies Lose
When your number 3 guy in Jordan Lyles, who pitched only 49 innings last season, is 2-5 with a 5.14 ERA and giving up nearly a .300 batting average to opposing hitters, this is simply awful. This is also no fluke as Lyles has a career record of 23-38 with a 5.10 ERA. I don't know what the Rockies organization is thinking other than pitchers don't want to sign with Colorado in fear of having their personal statistics being ruined as that can mean less money in their future contracts.


Chatwood and Rusin
Rounding out the rotation are Tyler Chatwood and Chris Rusin (6-10, 5.33 ERA). It didn't matter where Rusin pitched last season as he was equally bad at home and on the road. Rusin allowed opposing hitters to hit an amazing .310 off of him. Now, that's very rare. He pitched a considerable amount of innings and was prone to allowing the gopher ball along without being s strikeout threat.

Just to give you the Coors Field factor, Rusin allowed 85 hits in 66 1/3 innings while walking 20 batters and striking out 43 batters. His ERA at home was 5.29 and now you know why he's the #5 pitcher on this staff.


Final Thoughts
I know that there are a lot of risk-takers where future bets are concerned, but a team can't win a World Series without good pitching, it's not to say that Jorge De La Rosa and Chad Bettis aren't good. They just don't pitch in a venue where it allows them to be at their best. The offensive numbers could look good for Rockies hitters, but that's all that this team will have to show for anything as the betting totals at Coors Field are always in double digits. This is for a reason and there is absolutely no way this team will get a sniff of the World Series, and their MLB odds reflect that. 

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