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Colorado Rockies MLB News - Rockies Baseball Blog » The Colorado Rockies are set up well at the back end of the bullpen for 2013

The Colorado Rockies are set up well at the back end of the bullpen for 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Saturday 9 March 2013 at 5:40 pm

The Colorado Rockies are set up well at the back end of the bullpen, but the front end needs some work.  37-year old righty Rafael Betancourt will be the closer for the Rockies again in 2013.  He pitched in 60 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 1-4 with 31 saves, a 2.81 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Betancourt has now pitched in 603 games (0 starts) in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 34-28 with 58 saves, a 3.15 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  The Rockies dealt for 29-year old righty Wilton Lopez and he will be their top set-up man in 2013.  He pitched in 64 games (0 starts) for the Astros last year and he was 6-3 with 10 saves, a 2.17 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  Lopez has now pitched in 213 games (2 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 13-13 with 11 saves, a 3.14 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  Lopez keeps getting better and that bodes well for the Rockies in 2013.  32-year old righty Matt Belisle is a workhorse for the Rockies.  He pitched in 80 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 3-8 with 3 saves, a 3.71 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Belisle has now pitched in 386 games (43 starts) in his first nine years in the show and he is 39-40 with 5 saves, a 4.38 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  25-year old lefty Rex Brothers will be the top reliever from his side of the mound for the Rockies in 2013.  He pitched in 75 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 8-2 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  Brothers has now pitched in 123 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 9-4 with 1 save, a 3.49 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  30-year old righty Manny Corpas, 42-year old righty Miguel Batista, 27-year old righty Adam Ottavino, 28-year old lefty Josh Outman and 26-year old Edger Escalona are duking it out for bullpen jobs this spring.  Corpas will have a good shot to win one of the bullpen spots.  He pitched in 48 games (0 starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 0-2 with a 5.01 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  Corpas has now pitched in 328 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 12-18 with 34 saves, a 4.09 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  Batista pitched in 35 games (5 starts) for the Mets and Braves last year in which he was 1-3 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 658 games (248 starts) in his first 18 years in the majors and he is 102-115 with 41 saves, a 4.48 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  Ottavino pitched in 53 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 5-1 with a 4.56 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 58 games (3 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 5-3 with a 5.42 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.  Outman had a rough season in 2012 for the Rockies.  He pitched in 27 games (7 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 1-3 with a 8.19 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP.  Outman has now pitched in 60 games (32 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 9-11 with a 4.69 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  The Rockies hope Outman steps up for them in 2013.  Escalona pitched in 22 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 0-1 with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 41 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 0-1 with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2013:  B-

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