Spring Training is just about underway. However exciting the real life baseball will be, the Rockies don’t look to have a ton of position drama. However, they do still still have one uncertainty: who will be the fifth starter?
The Rockies rotation last year was a point of strength with the dominant emergence of Kyle Freeland and German Márquez, as well as the quiet resilience of guys like Tyler Anderson and Antonio Senzatela. Chad Bettis battled injuries and Jon Gray had a huge roller coaster of a season. As it stands, these six players are once again vying for five starting spots, just like last year. Yency Almonte could be stretched out again and make a push, but he seems to have been comfortably delegated to the bullpen. Peter Lambert or Ryan Castellani could also be dark horses to make the rotation, but in all likelihood it will come down to the six “regulars” once again competing.
The biggest difference this year is that Freeland has seemingly taken the “ace” crown from Gray, and Márquez will most likely be bumped up to the second starter role. Starters 3-5 are still up in the air, but Gray and Anderson are likely to take two of those spots, which will leave Senzatela and Bettis battling it out again. Senzatela made a strong case at the end of the 2018 season, so he might have a slight edge over the more seasoned Bettis. Either way, one of them will most likely be relegated to bullpen duty as well, which could also leave Almonte in Triple-A to start the season.
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Who will be the Rockies’ fifth starting pitcher?
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