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Jon Gray believes he can become best pitcher in Rockies history

The question posed to Jon Gray was simple and direct: Do you think you have a chance to be the best pitcher in Rockies history?

His answer was measured and thoughtful.

“I think I can definitely accomplish that, because I don’t fear Coors Field at all,” Gray said last week as spring training opened. “I know I can go in there and give it everything I have and get the win.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:48 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: February 18, 2017 at 10:29 AM (#5404274)
Francis? De La Rosa? I can't imagine the bar there is really high.
   2. Greg K Posted: February 18, 2017 at 10:47 AM (#5404278)
I've always thought of Aaron Cook as the guy to shoot for.

Ubaldo Jimenez had a really good run there too. But as happens all too often, as soon as he left Coors he started giving up home runs right, left, and centre and now he stinks.
   3. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: February 18, 2017 at 11:16 AM (#5404287)
I think that Ubaldo is clearly the guy, at least if you're a peak voter; Cook was more of a compiler. I like Steve Reed as a dark horse. He was one of the better middle relievers in the game for a long time, and he was the first guy to regularly get called a ROOGY and so gets some pioneer credit.

Edit: Astacio was the first Rockies pitcher that people thought was good, so he probably gets consideration because of the cranky old "back in my day" people. Nobody ever considered Armando Reynoso a Best Rockies Pitcher while he was active; he was just a Mexican League vet who threw six different pitches. I don't care what the stats say; he doesn't feel like a Best Rockies Pitcher candidate.

8+ WAR and/or 4+ WAA for the Rockies:

Player              WAR WAA/pitch From   To   G     IP ERA+
Ubaldo Jimenez     18.6      11.9 2006 2011 138  851.0  128
Aaron Cook         16.8       6.5 2002 2011 238 1312.1  106
Jorge De La Rosa   15.2       6.0 2008 2016 209 1141.1  106
Jhoulys Chacin     14.1       8.7 2009 2014 124  672.0  120
Steve Reed         11.8       7.2 1993 2004 461  499.0  140
Pedro Astacio      10.8       4.3 1997 2001 130  827.1  102
Jason Jennings     10.4       2.9 2001 2006 156  941.0  103
Jeff Francis       10.2       1.7 2004 2013 197 1066.0   96
Brian Fuentes       9.7       5.6 2002 2008 428  410.1  144
Armando Reynoso     8.4       4.5 1993 1996  89  503.0  109
Tyler Chatwood      7.5       4.6 2012 2016  70  358.0  118
Adam Ottavino       6.3       4.1 2012 2016 223  259.2  135 


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Generated 2/18/2017.
   4. BDC Posted: February 18, 2017 at 11:21 AM (#5404288)
Progressively, Fernigal's list would go:

1993 Reynoso
1994 "Starvin'" Marvin Freeman
1995 Reed
1996 Reynoso
1997-99 Reed
2000-03 Astacio
2004-07 Reed
2008-09 Cook
2010- Jimenez

Steve Reed was in quite a dogfight for the honor there for a while, indeed.
   5. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: February 18, 2017 at 04:56 PM (#5404395)
I think I can definitely accomplish that, because I don’t fear Coors Field at all. I know I can go in there and give it everything I have and get the win.
I have learned much from watching the Garthok battle. It has weaknesses. I believe I can take it.

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