Colorado Rockies Fantasy Baseball Closer Information and Depth Chart
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March 7, 2014
Colorado Rockies – Rex Brothers’s quest to become the full-time Rockies closer will have to wait for at least a little while, as the Rockies signed the 41-year-old LaTroy Hawkins in the offseason. Walt Weiss has already named Hawkins the closer, though the aging righty will probably need to be rested from time to time, making Brothers an appealing option for vulture saves. Returning to the Colorado bullpen behind them are Matt Belisle and Wilton Lopez, though former Yankee Boone Logan has the early edge for the 2nd in line job after a solid 2013 campaign. Starting 2014 hierarchy: Closer – LaTroy Hawkins, Set-up – Rex Brothers, 2nd in line – Boone Logan.
September 19, 2013
Colorado Rockies – With the game still close in the 8th inning yesterday, the Rockies went to lefty Adam Ottavino, who pitched a clean inning to lower his ERA to 2.77, nearly a point and a half lower than Wilton Lopez. Lopez, the former closer for the Astros, never really got it together this year and has been a disappointment for Colorado all year long. Hierarchy change: Adam Ottavino to 2nd in line, replacing Wilton Lopez.
August 22, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt left Thursday’s game with an elbow injury and will likely miss the rest of the season. Rex Brothers will resume closing in his place. Hierarchy change: Rex Brothers to Closer, Matt Belisle to Set-up, Wilton Lopez to 2nd in line, Rafael Betancourt injured.
August 22, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt’s third outing since returning from the DL ended in a blown save. Betancourt has been reliable all year, and had posted two scoreless appearances since his return. But he’s also 38 years old, and the Rockies are well out of the playoff race. With Rex Brothers flourishing in Betancourt’s absence, the Rockies might not need much incentive to turn the keys over to their future closer. Rafael Betancourt to Hot Seat.
August 21, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt got his first save since his emergency appendectomy in a 1-2-3 ninth. No hierarchy change.
August 18, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt returned and pitched the ninth inning in a four-run loss; Walt Weiss is on the record saying that the next save chance will belong to the big righthander. Hierarchy change: Rafael Betancourt to Closer, Rex Brothers to Set-up, Matt Belisle to 2nd in line.
August 17, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt started his rehab assignment recently, and though Rex Brothers has pitched well in the injured closer’s stead, a Rockies beat writer expects that Betancourt will take over the 9th inning role again upon his return, which will likely be inside a week or so. No hierarchy change.
July 22, 2013
Colorado Rockies – The Rockies responded to Rafael Betancourt’s incapacitation by summoning a blast from the National League past: Mitchell Boggs. Reports suggest that Colorado will use him in front of Matt Belisle, and Boggs insists that his time in double-A exile has helped him return to last season’s impressive form. Hierarchy change: Mitchell Boggs to 2nd in line, replacing Wilton Lopez.
July 20, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt has been placed on the DL with appendicitis. The move is retroactive to July 15. Rex Brothers will close in his absence. Hierarchy change: Rex Brothers to Closer, Matt Belisle to Set-up, Wilton Lopez to 2nd in line, Rafael Betancourt to DL.
July 18, 2013
Colorado Rockies – The Rockies might move Rafael Betancourt in exchange for a starting pitcher, at which point Rex Brothers would again ascend to close. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: BUY Rex Brothers, SELL Rafael Betancourt.
July 9, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Matt Belisle pitched a perfect eighth in a close game on Monday, and Walt Weiss seems to again prefer him to Wilton Lopez in higher-leverage situations. Hierarchy change: Matt Belisle to 2nd in line, replacing Wilton Lopez.
June 28, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt returns from the DL today and will resume closing immediately. His return means that Rex Brothers can return to his 8th inning role, and Matt Belisle can be mercifully relegated to a less meaningful role. Last night, Belisle blew the game in the 8th inning, and has now given up 12 ERs in his last 6.2 innings. Hierarchy change: Rafael Betancourt to Closer, Rex Brothers to Set-up.
June 5, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Now that Rex Brothers seems safely ensconced as the Rockies’ interim closer, it’s less likely that Wilton Lopez will be called upon in that role. Hierarchy change: Matt Belisle to Set-up, Wilton Lopez to 2nd in line.
June 2, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt hit the DL on Sunday, meaning more save chances for Rex Brothers. Brothers, who is having a remarkable season so far (0.36 ERA), assumed his role immediately last night, pitching the 9th inning of a tie game. Hierarchy change: Rex Brothers to Closer, Wilton Lopez to Set-up, Matt Belisle to 2nd in line, Rafael Betancourt to DL.
June 1, 2013
Colorado Rockies - Rafael Betancourt has been placed on the disabled list with the same groin injury that has been nagging him over the past two weeks. Rex Brothers will close in his absence. Hierarchy change: Rex Brothers to Closer, Wilton Lopez to Set-up, Matt Belisle to 2nd in line, Rafael Betancourt to DL.
May 23, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rex Brothers pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season. It appears Rafael Betancourt will avoid the disabled list and could be back tomorrow. However, Betancourt has a history of groin injuries so we will wait and see if he is actually ready to go that soon. No hierarchy change.
May 22, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt left Tuesday night’s game with what the team immediately described as a “tight right groin” — no real surprise given its recent workload. Betancourt was initially listed as day-to-day, but if Wednesday’s MRI leads to a DL stint, it’s likely that Rex Brothers will take over the closer role. Wilton Lopez is another option if Walt Weiss wants to play matchups or reduce the injury’s impact on the eighth inning. Hierarchy change: Rafael Betancourt injured, Rex Brothers to Closer, Wilton Lopez to Set-up.
April 14, 2013
Colorado Rockies - Rex Brothers continues to pitch well out of the Rockies bullpen. He pitched a scoreless 9th last night with the Rockies up 4 to lower his ERA to 1.42 on the season. Hierarchy change: Rex Brothers to set-up, Matt Belisle to 2nd in line.
April 13, 2013
Colorado Rockies - Former Astros closer Wilton Lopez continued his awful start to the season, allowing two more runs in the 7th inning to push his ERA to 12.46. Rex Brothers got the win after throwing a clean 8th and has been pitching alongside Matt Belisle in high-leverage spots for the Rockies thus far. Hierarchy change: Rex Brothers to 2nd in line, replacing Wilton Lopez.
February 24, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Starting 2013 hierarchy: Closer- Rafael Betancourt, Set-up- Matt Belisle, 2nd in line- Wilton Lopez.
October 2, 2012
Colorado Rockies – Josh Roenicke picked up his first career save on Monday, retiring the final two batters in extra innings. Roenicke was the sixth man out of the pen. No hierarchy change.
August 28, 2012
Colorado Rockies – Matt Belisle picked up his second save of the season on Monday. He finished off the top of the 8th inning in a 3-run game, then stayed on for the ninth after the Rockies scored 7 runs in the interim. No hierarchy change.
August 24, 2012
Colorado Rockies – Matt Belisle picked up the save on Thursday, as Rafael Betancourt was given the night off after pitching in three of the previous four games. No hierarchy change.
July 12, 2012
Colorado Rockies – ESPN’s Buster Olney has reported that the Rockies would have to be overwhelmed in a deal for either Rafael Betancourt or Matt Belisle, so there isn’t much chance that either will move before the trade deadline. At 32-51, the Rockies are obviously not buyers, either. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.
June 22, 2012
Colorado Rockies – Sent to the minors after some early season struggles, Rex Brothers returned to the big leagues earlier this month and has since been dominant. Yesterday, he finished off the 7th inning, and has now allowing just 2 hits and 1 run in 8.2 innings, while striking out 14. Adam Ottavino, meanwhile, has struggled as of late, allowing 6 runs in his last 6.2 innings. Hierarchy change: Rex Brothers to 2nd in line, replacing Adam Ottavino.
May 24, 2012
Colorado Rockies – Adam Ottavino pitched the 7th inning in a close game on Wednesday, and now has 6 scoreless innings with 9 Ks since being called up. Hierarchy change: Adam Ottavino to 2nd in line, replacing Matt Reynolds.
May 23, 2012
Colorado Rockies – Rex Brothers, who closed for a short time last year but has struggled throughout 2012, was sent to the minors on Tuesday. Matt Belisle (2.86 ERA, 17 Ks/2 BBs) is the most likely candidate for 8th inning work. Hierarchy change: Matt Belisle to Set-up, Matt Reynolds to 2nd in line.
May 5, 2012
Colorado Rockies – Matt Belisle pitched a clean 7th inning on Friday, preserving a tie game for the Rockies; Edgmer Escalona took the loss in extras. Hierarchy change: Matt Belisle to 2nd in line, replacing Edgmer Escalona.
May 1, 2012
Colorado Rockies – Edgmer Escalona has been used as the late-innings righty out of the Rockies bullpen over the past week, helping to bridge the gap to Rafael Betancourt twice in the last two days. Hierarchy change: Edgmer Escalona to 2nd in line, replacing Matt Belisle.
April 12, 2012
Colorado Rockies- Long reliever Tyler Chatwood recorded a three-inning save in a Rockies blowout on Wednesday. No hierarchy change.
March 18, 2012
Colorado Rockies- With Huston Street gone, Rafael Betancourt is firmly entrenched in the closer role. Rex Brothers will likely get first crack at saves should Betancourt struggle. Starting 2012 hierarchy: Closer- Huston Street, Set-up- Rex Brothers, 2nd in line- Matt Belisle.
Sept. 12, 2011
Colorado Rockies- Long reliever Jason Hammel picked up a four-inning save in the Rockies blowout win yesterday. No hierarchy change.
Sept. 11, 2011
Colorado Rockies- Huston Street is unlikely to return to the closer role in the season’s final weeks, but he does appear to have ascended to the 8th inning role, which is where he pitched yesterday. Hierarchy change: Street to Set-up, Brothers to 2nd in line.
Sept. 4, 2011
Colorado Rockies- After announcing that Huston Street would be eased back in to the role, Jim Tracy said last night that it would be “asinine” to remove Betancourt from the closer role, given the job he’s done. He suggested that Betancourt could even head in to the winter as the closer, and if he falters, then Brothers will likely get an audition. Hierarchy change: Betancourt to Closer, Brothers to Set-up, Street to 2nd in line.
Sept. 3, 2011
Colorado Rockies- Rafael Betancourt got the save for the Rockies last night, who are still easing Huston Street back in to the role. Street should get the next, and most of the remaining, save opps. No hierarchy change.
Aug. 29, 2011
Colorado Rockies- Rafael Betancourt recorded the save last night, as Jim Tracy said he would be easing Huston Street back in to his closer role. Street should assume the job any day now. However, Matt Lindstrom may not return to his former role for a while, as Rex Brothers pitched the 8th last night and has been hot lately. Hierarchy change: Brothers to 2nd in line, replacing Lindstrom.
Aug. 28, 2011
Colorado Rockies- Huston Street pitched a scoreless 8th inning yesterday and Rafael Betancourt blew the save in the 9th. Manager Jim Tracy said he was going to ease Street back in the closer role but expect to see Street closing out games very soon especially after Betancourt’s blown save last night. Matt Lindstrom was also taken off the DL and moves to 2nd in line but should re-claim his set up job shortly. Lindstrom to 2nd in line, replacing Rex Brothers.
Aug. 26, 2011
Colorado Rockies- Huston Street is returning from the 15-day DL and should be activated for the game today against Los Angeles. Although Betancourt has pitched well in Street’s absence, expect Street to reclaim the closer job for the stretch run. Hierarchy change: Street to Closer, Betancourt to Set-Up, Brothers to 2nd in line.
Aug. 24, 2011
Colorado Rockies- Rex Brothers got the save last night because Betancourt had pitched 3 days in a row. His strong outing, however, combined with his recent work has made Brothers a strong 8th inning option. Hierarchy change: Brothers to Set-Up, Reynolds to 2nd in line.
Aug. 18, 2011
Colorado Rockies- With both Street and Lindstrom out, Matt Reynolds has emerged as primary set-up man, as he pitched 1.1 innings to close out a 5-run victory yesterday. Should he and Betancourt both go down, the Rockies will likely turn to Matt Belisle for save opportunities. Hierarchy change: Reynolds to Set-Up, Belisle to 2nd in line.