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Colorado Rockies rotation looks solid for second half

News and links around the web for Friday, July 15.

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Colorado Rockies counting on solid starting rotation in 2nd half | Denver Post

It’s true, a solid starting rotation would be nice for the second half as they look to climb closer to .500. The Rockies are going with a rotation of Jorge De La Rosa, Chad Bettis, Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson, and Tyler Chatwood, as sound of a rotation as we have seen in years.

The big question hanging over all of this is when top pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman will make his debut. Many thought that he was ready a few weeks ago after posting great numbers in Triple-A all year long, but it looks like the Rockies are going to keep him in Albuquerque for a little longer. It begs the question, though; who will Hoffman replace in the rotation if he is called up this month?

Five Surprises Among the Last 30 Days’ Best xFIPs | Fangraphs

Two Rockies, Tyler Anderson (10) and Chad Bettis (19), made this list. One is definitely more surprising than the other; we have talked about how great Anderson’s success has been multiple times on this site but nary a mention of Bettis’ recent success. Bettis’ xFIP has been nearly identical to his xFIP from last year: 3.95 in 2016 compared to 3.89 in 2015. The eye test shows that Bettis is a different pitcher this year, but that can only take you so far.

Law’s Top 50 Prospects: Bregman now at No. 1 | ESPN Insider

Keith Law, notorious Rockies prospect hater, has two of them in his Midseason Top 50 prospects list. Brandon Rodgers, the Rockies’ first-round pick last year, is ranked ninth while David Dahl, another first-round selection, is ranked 31st. Note that not a single pitching prospect made the list (outside of Jeff Hoffman as an honorable mention), which isn’t surprising considering Law’s stance on the Rockies farm systems generally.

Padres agree to trade Pomeranz to Red Sox | San Diego Union-Tribune

Our old friend Drew Pomeranz was traded again! This was the fourth time he’s been traded in his short career; he was traded from Cleveland to the Rockies, from Colorado to Oakland, from Oakland to San Diego, and now from San Diego to Boston. At least he’s stopping in some pretty cool places!