The Colorado Rockies have a pitching staff so far
The Colorado Rockies got their most impressive and most encouraging pitching performance of the season Thursday.
Starting pitcher Jordan Lyles went 6.2 innings in his fourth start. He allowed six hits and one run, walked two and struck out four.
Thanks to an RBI-walk from Daniel Descalso to score Corey Dickerson and a solo home run by Dickerson, Lyles got the win to go to 2-1 on the young season with an ERA at 2.92. Lyles out dueled the San Diego Padres’ young stud Tyson Ross who struck out seven batters himself in five innings.
What’s significant about Lyles’ performance is that it came against the Padres, who have been the best hitting team in the National League; they lead in team batting average and runs scored. Granted, the Padres were sitting Justin Upton, Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks but San Diego has everybody hitting right now.
What’s also important is that Lyles’ performance came at Coors Field. Pitching well at the Rockies’ beautiful home ballpark is still one of the great mysteries in baseball. The Rockies have been outscored at home 42-31 in just seven games so far.
However, one reason the Rockies are off to a promising 9-7 start is their starting rotation. Along with Lyles, Eddie Butler is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts and Tyler Matzek is 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA in three starts.
Another encouraging stat is that all three pitchers are age 24. Lyles and Matzek showed promise last year also despite injuries limiting their amount of starts. Lyles had a 4.33 ERA in 22 starts and Matzek had a 4.05 ERA in 19 starts.
The key member of the rotation will be Jorge De La Rosa, who had an injury delay his first start of the season. It showed when he allowed seven earned runs and nine hits in two innings in his first start against the Padres Monday.
De La Rosa had one of the best single seasons in Rockies’ history two years ago when he went 16-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 30 starts.
If the Rockies can also continue to get solid relief work from Adam Ottavino, Rafael Betancourt and Brooks Brown to go along with their potent offense, they can beat anybody in the National League.