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Roy Oswalt is a start away from joining the Rockies rotation

Jun 11, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that, if the Rockies stick to their plan for Roy Oswalt, he’ll make one more minor league start this Friday and then he’ll be back in the bigs. Oswalt has a 2.88 ERA and 18/6 K/BB ratio in 25 innings in four Texas League starts and his velocity is reported to be a healthy low 90s with occasional flashes in the mid-90s.

Will he be the difference between the Rockies contending and not contending? For a while I suppose, as the Rockies are only two games out.  But I don’t feel like Colorado has staying power regardless, which means that at the very least Oswalt could be interesting trade bait if he pitches well and things don’t continue to chug along for the team.

Oswalt appeared in only 17 games and was pretty ineffective for the Rangers in 2012. But if the rest has done him good and those velocity readings are accurate, he will be worth watching.

  1. kyzslew77 - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    “I don’t feel like Colorado has staying power” – pundits in mid April
    “I don’t feel like Colorado has staying power” – pundits in mid May
    “I don’t feel like Colorado has staying power” – pundits in mid June

    I don’t feel like they are anything close to an elite team, but I think it’s pretty clear that they have staying power. Any team with their lineup and bullpen would. SF and Arizona are probably better teams, but only marginally. Don’t be shocked if the Rockies end up winning the West with 86 wins or something (cue up the “NL Worst” jokes). Could easily happen if SF’s rotation continues to struggle and Arizona stops winning games on back to back infield singles in the 9th and getting Cy Young production out of Patrick Corbin.

  2. pisano - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    ….and a couple starts away from the DL.

  3. personalspaceinvader - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Not sure how much Oswalt will help. But seems like he will be an upgrade over Garland. Colorado also has Drew Pomeranz waiting in AAA, and enough ammo to explore a trade for more starting pitching if they deem themselves buyers at the deadline. If they manage to stay afloat, this is a team that can challenge for the NL West come September.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      Garland has already been DFA’d. I assume Oswalt will take over for Jeff Francis.

  4. gloccamorra - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Keep in mind the Texas League is AA, and Oswalt started his comeback in A ball. Also keep in mind the Rockies’ record includes two 3-game sweeps over San Diego when the Padres opened the season at 5-15. The Rockies’ hitting is great, but good pitching stops good hitting, and the Rock’s will be facing some pretty good pitching up to the ASG. The NL West could get scrambled by then.

    • hk62 - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Also keep in mind that the Texas League is a hitters league, while the PCL is all over the place and bounces between hitter and pitcher parks. There are no pitchers parks in the TXL. And moving kids from TXL to MLB is more common than from the EL or the SL –

      Besides, COL SPRNGS is not a place to make sure anyone can pitch…

    • mondogarage - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Also keep in mind the Rockies’ staff rotation of 4.02 (which was around 3.75 until a week ago), and that includes all the horrible Jeff Francis and Jon Garland starts.

      While hardly a dominating rotation, the overall staff has done a great job of keeping games winnable for the most part. In a division where the champ is not likely to win more than 88 games, the Rockies can absolutely stay in the race through the summer.

      The Rockies have, in fact, been facing some pretty good pitching already, and their home/road splits aren’t as dramatic as in some years.

      Now, if Cargo and/or Tulo get hurt, that changes things dramatically. Arenado should be getting some Gold Glove consideration.

      The real key as to this club’s staying power will be whether or not their bullpen holds up under the innings load. They’re having to go about 3 full innings a night, generally. We’ve already seen a couple of cracks in there. But move Oswalt into the rotation, DFA Francis (I hate saying that, he’s one of my favorites), call up Pomeranz and shift Nicasio to the bullpen (he’s great for 3-4 innings then blows up), and you’ve got a staff that can compete with most NL clubs.

  5. tuberippin - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Roy Oswalt put up a 5.80 ERA for Texas last year. The NL may be more pitcher-friendly, but Colorado and Texas are pretty much a wash if you’re a pitcher. Hell, the thin air of Coors Field might make it even worse. I’d be floored if he proves valuable to the Rockies’ rotation.

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