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Rockies’ Red Hot Start

Travis Stedman, Sports Editor

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The Colorado Rockies are off to a very hot start to begin the 2017-2018 season. They currently top the NL West with a record of 18-11, which is a game and a half better than the second place Diamondbacks, there is a lot of optimism surrounding the team. As many baseball fans know: the Rockies always start strong and fade as the season goes on, but this year’s team is trying to break that trend. There are several reasons to believe that this year’s team could take the Rockies back to the playoffs. Coors Field is a very hitter-friendly ballpark, and a direct correlation of that is several years of poor pitching from the Rockies.

This year’s pitching staff may be the best in the history of the Rockies. The top three pitchers; Jon Gray, Tyler Chatwood, and Tyler Anderson, all have yet to hit their stride, putting up a┬ácombined Earned Run Average(ERA) of 5.83 and a combined record of 3-7. The bullpen has struggled in recent years, and rookies Anthony Senzatela and Kyle Freeland have picked up the slack. Freeland and Senzatela have boasted a combined record of 7-2 with a 2.74 ERA. The re-vamped bullpen has led the Rockies to a 9-0 record in one-run ball games, and newly acquired Greg Holland leads the league in saves going a perfect 12/12. Early season performances from Freeland, Senzatela, and the bullpen combines with the thought that the other three pitchers will turn it around has Rockies fans very hopeful.

It is yet to be seen how the rest the year will play out but the Rockies look to continue their red hot start against the Diamondbacks in a three game series.

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