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Colorado Rockies pitchers vie for rotation spots, Opening Day honors

With uncertainties remaining in the Rockies' starting rotation, several arms remain in the running.

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First spring start worth wait for Bettis -

Chad Bettis was the last of the Rockies’ rotation hopefuls to make his Cactus League debut, Friday. Over three innings of work, Bettis threw just 31 pitches, notching three strikeouts, without allowing a walk or a hit. Bettis’s fastball velocity held steady in the mid-90s, and had a good showing from his curveball. Curveball usage has been a topic of interest this spring primarily surrounding Jorge De La Rosa and Jon Gray, but Bettis sports a noteworthy curve, as well. The righty has relied heavily on his curveball in the past -- with usage over 20 percent at points last season -- and like De La Rosa and Gray, will be encouraged not to shy away from it at altitude.

Weiss keeping lid on Opening Day starter -

Rockies manager Walt Weiss has yet to announce who he will be sending to the mound on April 4th at Chase Field. Chris Gabel of has quotes from the skipper on the selection process, Opening Day honors, and what that means for the rotation moving forward. The nod is expected to be given to either Jorge De La Rosa or Chad Bettis, but when asked why neither has been named, Weiss explained that it "hasn’t been a priority." To keep things vague, an announcement will likely be made sometime in the next several days.

Christian Bergman making a play to stay in Rockies rotation discussion- The Denver Post

Christian Bergman found his niche with the Rockies last season in a dependable long relief role, but a dominant start to the spring has Bergman’s name floating around starting rotation speculation. With Bergman as an option, the Rockies could give Tyler Chatwood (Tommy John Surgery) or less likely, Jordan Lyles (big toe surgery), more time to ensure they are ready to go. Bergman, along with Chris Rusin, Yohan Flande and Eddie Butler, will need to continue to impress in their spring innings in hopes of landing one of the few remaining back-end rotation slots.
In four games as a starter in 2015, Bergman was 0-1 with a 6.89 ERA.

What type of baseball dork are you? - FanGraphs

Though quite possibly the shortest "What type of ___ are you?" quiz on all of the internet, this requires some serious face-to-face-with-the-mirror introspection. Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs, pitcher dork, wants to know what makes your baseball brain tick: pitching, hitting or defense? There is an argument for each, and no doubt a mob of nerds a mile long backing all three.

But I’m not about putting people in boxes. Especially when one is not allowed to be a member of other boxes for the sake of a multiple choice answer box, or if there are not enough boxes to choose from. I dork out over all kinds of baseball related stuff. College baseball, funny baseball names, position players pitching in baseball games, baseball parks, etc. So I’d love for you to share as many boxes of baseball dorkiness you subscribe to in the comments!