The Colorado Rockies are not in the playoff picture for 2014, and are in a rebuilding mode now. And for tonight’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, they are going to get another look at P Eddie Butler (Chesapeake).
Butler, you might recall, pitched for the Rockies in his major league debut on June 6 vs. the Dodgers, and it was, to put it mildly, a disaster. He gave up 6 runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. To make matters worse, the young righty was placed on the DL the very next day with shoulder inflammation and did not throw a baseball again until over a month later, when he started to get back into the routine with Double-A Tulsa. In 20 minor league starts this season, he went 6-10 with a 3.99 ERA.
Manager Walt Weiss says he thought Butler pitched better than his line showed last time he was with the Rockies. Pitching coach Jim Wright has advised Butler to do three things this time around-attack, attack, attack. Attack the strike zone.
“I just have to attack hitters more,” Butler said, echoing Wright’s refrain. “I think I did all right the last time here, but I didn’t throw enough quality strikes. And I gave up six runs, so you know that’s not good enough.”
6 runs, definitely not good enough. The Rockies believe in this young man. Manager Walt Weiss, Pitching coach Jim Wright, Double-A pitching coach Darryl Scott, who worked with him down at Tulsa, all believe in him.
Eddie Butler will get his second chance tonight.