There was a lot of speculation that the Rockies would be calling Jon Gray from Triple-A to start today, but it turns out it will be Eddie Butler getting the call. Butler went 3-6 with a 4.80 ERA in 11 starts with the Rockies before he was sent down to the Isotopes. Things didn't go much better there, where he went 2-2 with a 6.27 ERA over six starts. The Rockies could sure use a good Eddie Butler in the second half of the season.
Ten Questions the Second Half Should Answer – Fangraphs
Will the Rockies finally have a fire sale? The second half will give us that answer. It's impossible to know exactly what Jeff Bridich has planned, but we will have a better idea after the trade deadline on July 31st. Paul Swydan notes the Rockies have a handful of young talent in Nolan Arenado, Corey Dickerson, DJ LeMahieu, Chad Bettis, Jordan Lyles, and even more in the minor league system. By the time these players become a cohesive bunch, players like Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, and Charlie Blackmon will be on the wrong side of 30.
The Rockies are calling up Eddie Butler, but is that really the right move? Andrew Dill, like me, was surprised at the decision. Butler hasn't pitched well in his time in the majors, and he hasn't looked much better in Triple-A this year. Dill argues that adding John Lannan to the 40-man roster would have made more sense. Lannan could then be DFA'd when the team is ready to call up Gray. Regardless, we will root for Butler to succeed.
Breaking Bad: Replacing Walt Weiss – Rockies Zingers
Rockies manager Walt Weiss has made some interesting decisions this year. He tends to send Boone Logan to the mound to face righties, has Rafael Betancourt pitch in back-to-back games of a doubleheader, and enjoyed sending Rafael Ynoa to the plate in late-inning situations. Nick Tremaroli takes a look at the manager’s season and ultimately claims it's time to make a change.