Greg Holland was as close to a sure thing as there is in baseball during the first four months of the season. In the last two weeks, however, he has hit on hard times and it has underscored recent struggles of the Rockies. In Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Brewers, Holland was removed in the midst of an inning for the first time this season.
Chip Caray is a third-generation broadcaster. He is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Harry, and his father, Skip. However, this is not a story of a kid who grew up hanging around the ballpark with his grandfather and his father.
Chad Bettis initial exposure to Coors Field wasn’t pretty. Working out of the bullpen primarily, not allowed to throw his curveball, Bettis was close to having a short big-league career. Two years, ago, things changed, for the better for Bettis — and the Rockies.
The Rockies felt good about the young pitchers in their system when spring training opened. As the season heads down the back stretch they feel even better. There are three rookie pitchers in Major League Baseball this year with 10 or more wins this year — and all three are Rockies.
Jeff Hoffman’s ERA is rising. The velocity on his fastball is falling. The Rockies are looking to change directions for both. He was optioned to Triple-Albuquerque on Friday to give him an in-season break, similar to what happened along the way with the other young starters. Continue reading “Hoffman Gets Chance to Rebound at AAA”