Have you ever sat around and observed something and said, "Wow, I was really right."? I just had that moment as Cuddyer squeezed the final out on Sunday's 3-2 Rockies' win over the Dodgers, taking the series 2 out of 3, and 6 out of the last 7 games.
I have been saying the entire season that Alex White was going to be the ace of the Rockies' staff if we were going to win, and I was right. White showed he has ace stuff, going 6.2 innings (could have easily been 7) and giving up 2 earned runs, on only two hits. Yes, he walked 5, but overall got some ground ball outs to get out of it. White looked solid, no doubt, and I fully expect White to be the ace and repeat this performance in the future.
With White finally looking like the cornerstone, the last week showed some promise. Jeremy Guthrie finally ate some innings as everyone said he would on Wednesday, going 7 innings despite giving up five. Josh Outman's 50% strikeout ratio as a starter was extremely impressive, despite being on a pitch count. Expect Outman to put out quality start after quality start moving forward. Ottavino should be his sidekick again as he continues to stretch out. Christian Friedrich could return to the impressive west coast swing he had in Arizona tomorrow.
There are 4 quality starters at their potential. Thank goodness the Jamie Moyer "Are you punking me?" experiment is over, and Pomeranz is working out the fact he is not ready for the bigs just yet in Colorado Springs. Nicasio's injury is an opportunity to me. I really like what Guillermo Moscoso has to offer, especially since I saw what he had given a chance in the AL West last year. Nicasio, to me, seems afraid of contact since his injury, and his pitching is suffering, as he doesn't want a single ball to be squared up again. We'll see what Moscoso has to offer with a winning team on Friday, versus the struggling Rockies he played for back in May.
Overall, there is an extreme reason for optimism with this new rotation, and the offense should keep us in a lot of games. The Rockies could be getting ready to make a run behind White, Guthrie, Friedrich, Outman, and Moscoso.
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