The Colorado Rockies are two games over .500 and in second place in the National League West. Did anyone expect that? Did Roy Oswalt expect that would be the case as he closed in on making his 2013 debut? Oswalt is set to make his debut Thursday, and he will be doing so for a team that's in contention.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post confirmed the expectations that Oswalt would be called up and start on Thursday.
Official that Oswalt will start Thursday
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) June 18, 2013
Last season, Oswalt signed late and was called up mid-season for the Texas Rangers. That did not work out so well as Oswalt went 4-3 with a 5.80 ERA. He was even shifted from the starting rotation to the bullpen as his struggles continued in Texas. The Rockies hope not to have a repeat of that ordeal. Especially considering they are in contention for the NL West.
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Oswalt was an ace for much of his career. If he can recapture just a small bit of the dominance that led him to six top-six Cy Young voting finishes, the Rockies will be in good shape. However, if Oswalt struggles like he did last year, it can eat into Colorado's record and send them spiraling back toward the basement.
In his career, Oswalt has battled a wide array of injuries. Back injuries, though, seemed to be the culprit for Oswalt's sudden decline after the 2010 season. Regardless, Oswalt has had an impressive career. In 12 seasons, he is 163-96 with a 3.28 ERA.
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