At times in 2016 Tyler Chatwood and Tyler Anderson represented one of the best pitching duos in baseball. And they clocked in behind Jon Gray and Chad Bettis in the Colorado Rockies starting rotation. Colorado has been without Bettis for the first part of the season as he battles cancer and without Gray for almost a month as he recovers from a foot injury. Fortunately, the Rockies have been buoyed by an outstanding pair of rookies, Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela. Unfortunately, Chatwood and Anderson have been less than stellar through the first month-and-a-half.
Chatwood has posted a couple of fantastic outings, but has struggled with control in many of his starts. He’s often been the victim of a big inning that has cost him wins. Entering the Rockies’ season-long 10-game road trip on Tuesday, Chatwood carries a 3-5 record and 5.25 ERA.
Anderson, meanwhile, hasn’t been able to make batters miss in the same way he did during a strong rookie campaign in 2016. He’s off to a 2-4 start with a 6.43 ERA through eight trips to the mound.
Still the Rockies lead the NL West by two games and have three very winnable series ahead of them in Minnesota, Cincinnati and Philadelphia.
Nate Lundy and Shawn Drotar, hosts of Mornings at 5280′ on Mile High Sports AM 1340 | FM 104.7, tackled the subject of the struggling Tylers on their show Tuesday. They have optimism for the Rockies as they head out on the road, but know that the longterm success of the season will rest on Chatwood and Anderson returning to form.
Listen to the full discussion in the podcast below.
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