Five Major Questions for the Rockies in 2016

Credit: Denis Poroy/Getty Images North America

Credit: Denis Poroy/Getty Images North America

What are they going to get from the starting rotation?

The Rockies 2016 projected rotation looks something like this; Jorge De La Rosa, Jon GrayChad Bettis, Tyler Chatwood, and Eddie Butler. De La Rosa, the oldest and most experienced, is going into his age-35 season, and has been consistent starter for the Rockies for eight seasons. Jon Gray posted a 5.53 ERA in 9 starts, as a rookie in 2015, is still only 24 years old, and is expected to have better results in 2016. Chad Bettis, going into his fourth season in the Majors, went 8-6 with an ERA of 4.23 in 20 starts last season, and is one of the Rockies best options.

Tyler Chatwood is still a big question mark because he is working his way back from his second Tommy John surgery. If he pitches like he did back in 2013, ( 8-5 with a 3.15 ERA over 111.1 innings), he could be a really nice piece in the rotation. Eddie Butler is entering his third MLB season, and he really hasn’t had much big-league success in his career, sporting a career 6.04 ERA, but might still be in the Rockies rotation due to the lack of options.

The real question is if the Rockies rotation will be able to be good enough to give them a chance to win games. We know they are going to be able to score plenty of runs, but the Rockies only real chance of competing, is if they can get something out of their starting rotation.

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