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MAR 19, 11:11a ET | Mike Cranston
Rotowire: Mar 24 / 4:53p ET
News: Matzek is considered a lock to open the season in the rotation, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: With the Rockies' presumptive top two starters heading into the spring having since been injured (Jorge De La Rosa) or released (Jhoulys Chacin), Matzek likely would have solidified a starting job merely by staying healthy all spring. While his performance (6.75 ERA, nine hits, and four walks allowed over eight innings) through three Cactus League outings hasn't been overly impressive, Matzek made significant strides with his command in September of last season, giving manager Walt Weiss confidence in having the left-hander take the ball every fifth day. With Kyle Kendrick slated to get the Opening Day nod for the Rockies, Matzek will serve as the No. 2 or 3 pitcher on the staff until De La Rosa returns.
Rotowire: Feb 26 / 6:34a ET
News: Matzek is in line to open the season as a member of the Rockies' rotation, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
Impact: When injuries to the starting pitching staff began to mount last June, Matzek was recalled by the Rockies and made the most of his opportunity in the rotation. The 24-year-old compiled a 4.05 ERA over 20 appearances, with his performance over his last six outings (4-2, 1.55 ERA) firmly solidifying his starting spot for 2015. The lefty had battled control issues throughout his minor-league career that aren't necessarily solved, but he still seemingly possesses more upside than any other member of the Rockies' projected rotation due to the solid strikeout rate he displayed during his hot finish to last season.