Another poor start could mean a trip to the bullpen for lefty Franklin Morales as the Rockies begin pondering their alternatives, which could include former first-round draft pick Tyler Matzek. Morales gave up six runs on eight hits in 5 innings Saturday in Colorado's 7-6 loss to the Indians. Two home runs, a three-run drive by Mike Aviles in the second and a two-run blast by Lonnie Chisenhall in the sixth, put the Rockies in a deep hole. Morales has given up 13 homers in 12 games (11 starts). "It's a matter of keeping the ball in the park," manager Walt Weiss said. "He got some balls elevated and some have been hit out of the park, and those are quick strikes and quick runs you end up giving up. It's all about location." When left-hander Brett Anderson and righty Tyler Chatwood went on the disabled list, Morales became a fall-back starter, but he hasn't won since April 28, and his ERA in six May starts was 7.09.
Rockies could turn to Tyler Matzek to help struggling rotation
Denver Post | Jun 1