4 Greatest Pitchers in Rockies History

By michael obermuller
The greatest pitchers in Rockies franchise history.
The greatest pitchers in Rockies franchise history. / Denis Poroy/Getty Images

As we all know, it's not easy to pitch in Coors Field. This factor has certainly contributed to the Colorado Rockies overall pitching numbers, and even though the team plays 50 percent of their games on the road, it has seemed to affect the psyche of Rox pitchers over the years.

Since the franchise's creation in 1993, there have not been too many aces in black and purple, but these four hurlers rose above the rest and have earned their place as the four greatest pitchers in Rockies history.

4. Jhoulys Chacin (2009-14)

The starter has bounced around the league since, but his best years were actually in Colorado, posting a 3.78 ERA during that time. Jhoulys Chacin is one of only three qualifying pitchers to keep his Rockies ERA under 4.00, a wondrous feat in Coors Field. Fourth on the list in WAR and second in hits per nine innings, Chacin did well to record outs and remain consistent during his time with the club.

3. German Marquez (2016-present)

The Rockies' most recent ace, who has outperformed pitchers like Jon Gray and Kyle Freeland, has only played for Colorado in his young career. German Marquez has a flamethrower that has put him second in franchise history for K's per nine innings, but he is also an accurate thrower and actually leads the Rockies in WHIP. His win-loss percentage is currently the best in franchise history, at .613, and Marquez holds a rare claim to fame of pitching an immaculate inning (three straight strikeouts on nine total pitches).

2. Brian Fuentes (2002-08)

The all-time leader in saves for the Colorado Rockies with 115, Brian Fuentes had a franchise leading 3.38 ERA for qualifying pitchers. He did this by mowing batters down, as most closers do, with 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings. Fuentes was a three-time All-Star with the Rockies, a rarity for Colorado pitchers.

1. Ubaldo Jimenez (2006-11)

Although the young ace's career flamed out after Colorado, he actually enjoyed his time at Coors Field pitching to the top WAR in franchise history at a 18.9. Ubaldo Jimenez was certainly an enigma. The 2010 All-Star pitched a no-hitter that season, and held a 3.66 ERA as a Rockies starter with three shutouts. He finished fifth on the list in win percentage and second in strikeouts with an impressive 0.582 homers given up per nine innings in Colorado.

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