The Colorado Rockies still have pitching questions after signing Jose Ureña

The Colorado Rockies put at least part of their 2023 rotation puzzle in place with the signing of José Ureña on Friday, but there are plenty of other questions surrounding the conundrum of who will take the mound in Denver next season.

José Ureña signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Rockies, but the franchise still has more pitching questions to answer

After being nominated by the Milwaukee Brewers in May, the Colorado Rockies picked up Ureña and began trying to get the 31-year-old back into a starter after the Brewers previously used him only as a helper in his four appearances in 2022 to the DFA. The plan worked for Colorado, especially late in the season when Ureña logged five or more innings and gave up two or fewer runs in six of his last seven starts.

However, as Ureña struggled towards the end of the campaign, he fought mightily, including Texas who tagged him for nine earned runs in 1.1 innings on August 24 and six earned runs in 5.1 innings on September 4 in Cincinnati (the only times during the mentioned route). above where he has given up two or more runs).

Ureña brings a strong baseball rating to the Rockies (50.5 overall last season, including 49.7 with Colorado). With a league average of 44.9, Urena’s penchant for groundball plays well at Coors Field and follows a pattern of what the franchise wants its pitchers to do.

He expects to slot into the middle or rear end of the rotation, with Kyle Freeland and German Marquez sitting in the top two spots given the Rockies rotation currently in place. From there, however, Denver’s starting pitching setup gets very bleak for 2023, and that’s coming from a season that saw Rockies starters achieve a 5.22 ERA, the second-highest in the MLB, ahead only of the Washington Nationals (5, 97 ERA) scored.

Austin Gomber, who went back and forth between rotation and bullpen last season, seems to be in the mix but he struggled in 2022 with a 5.56 overall. Antonio Senzatela will be back once he recovers from a cruciate ligament rupture he sustained last August following the right turn in May. However, Senzatela recorded a 5.07 ERA in 19 starts before his injury, not much better than Ryan Feltner’s 5.83 ERA, who had 12 of his 19 starts in the season in August and September.

There are other options for Colorado as well. Chad Kuhl could be brought back by the Rockies, but as discussed here, his first season in Denver ended on a thud, with a 9.00 ERA over his last 10 starts. Peter Lambert threw some in the Arizona Fall League after struggling with forearm problems that kept him out of action in 2022. He expects to fight for a spot in spring training.

The problem, however, is that none of those options seem consistent for the Rockies, meaning Colorado could very well be looking for veteran options from outside the organization this offseason.

Colorado takes a chance that Ureña can provide meaningful innings for them in 2023. The question, however, is who else will not just eat up innings, but do them in an efficient manner.