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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Rockies considering six-man rotation after All-Star break

Six Rockies players are healthy and ready to move into the second half of the season. They are looking at using them all in a six-man rotation, at least for the short term.

“We’ve been talking about it, but I’m not sure how we’re going to play it,” manager Bud Black said on Sunday after the Rockies lost 8-3 to Pittsburgh.

When the Rockies start the second half in Milwaukee on Friday, right-hander Antonio Senzatella (3-5, 4.95) will make his first Major League debut since moving down the injury list on July 2 with a shoulder swelling. Right-hander Jose Urena, who has been impressive, will pitch on Saturday, posting 1.45 ERA in three starts for the Rockies.

Right-hander Chad Kuhl (6-5, 4.11) will pitch next Sunday against the Brewers, followed by left-hander Kyle Freeland (4-7, 4.96) on Monday. The other two pitchers in the six-man mix are right-handed German Marquez (6-7, 5.47) and lefty Austin Gomber (5-7, 5.97), who played five innings on Sunday.

Both Gomber and Marquez said they were fine with the six-man rotation.

“I don’t think it won’t matter if we have six players who are rolling,” Gomber said. “Other teams have done it. I don’t think it’s a negative thing for us or it will have any effect on what we do. You get an extra day’s rest, which is always a good thing. So I’ll be fine with it. ,

Marquez, who recently had a better run after a poor start to the season, said: “This break is going to be good for us. It is (Black’s decision) and I don’t mind. I just want to go out and pitch.”

The Rockies lead 12-8 in their last 20 games, with starters combining for 4.78 ERA in that period.

Diaz is heating up. Catcher Elias Diaz is starting to swing the more powerful bat. He was 2-for-3 with a double and triple on Sunday for his fourth consecutive multi-hit game. He is hitting .500 (8-for-16) on streak, with four doubles, one triple and three RBIs.

This streak corresponds to his career high set from May 28 to June 1, 2019, when he was playing for Pittsburgh.

Diaz, who struggled a lot in the first half of the season, improved his average to .231.

Vein shines. Outfielder Zack Wien, Colorado’s top prospect, rated as the 22nd overall prospect in the majors by MLB.com, started in left field and finished sixth for the National League in Saturday’s All-Star Futures game. Achieved it.

Wayne, Colorado’s first round in 2020 (ninth overall), went 2-for-3 with a pair of opposite field singles and stole two bases.

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