Despite some big hits from Story, Arenado, Raburn, and Reynolds, the Rockies could never quite grab the lead from the Pirates as they fell in the 12th inning last evening. Another poor outing from Jon Gray put them in a deficit that was just too big to climb out of in the end. Arenado and Story now have nine homers each, with the latter hopefully breaking out of his mini slump. With the homer, Story has set an NL record for most home runs in April by a rookie and is one away from tying Jose Abreu's league record of ten.
Although it was a discouraging showing from Jon Gray last night, former top prospect Eddie Butler had a solid showing out of the bullpen despite allowing two runners to cross the plate, one of which came from an inherited runner after Gray departed. After allowing two hits, he retired seven straight, striking out four. Butler is a strong candidate to replace De La Rosa in the rotation. Maybe he'll rediscover the stuff that once made him so promising.
Lyles was honestly brutal before being sent down to Triple-A. This article proposes a possible move to the bullpen for him, as Lyles has performed well in small stretches (innings 1-3) and has done well on short rest. It would be disappointing to see the Rockies have to put another starter into the bullpen, but I guess I could see him doing well as a long relief guy.
With De La Rosa injured, Lyles struggling to figure things out, and the normal issues the Rockies seem to have with pitching, there's a spot open in the rotation for one of Bergman or Butler. For the rest of the rotation, consistency has been a huge issue. Gray whiffed ten in his first start despite allowing a bunch of runs, but he looked very poor last night. He's just coming back, so I'll give him a pass. Bettis has looked pretty good so far, but Chatwood has been sort of hit or miss, although he's been better than not. Rusin had a nice spot start, but we'll see how he looks going forward. Point being, the Rockies have to figure out how to get some consistent results from their pitchers, because the bats aren't always going to be able to put up seven or eight runs or more.
John Calvagno gives a first-hand look at Rockies prospect Peter Lambert. 19-years-old, the righty has a good mix of pitches and commands them well. A nice look at Lambert, who is the Rockies 15th rated prospect according to MLB. Definitely a good read, so check it out.