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FAAB Factor - NL: Beware the Beard?

Jan Levine

Jan Levine

Levine covers baseball, basketball and hockey for RotoWire. In addition to his column writing, he's the master of the MLB and NHL cheatsheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets.

National League - FAAB - 8/4/13

Starting Pitching:

Chad Bettis, Rockies - Perhaps Colorado's top pitching prospect coming into the season - second now behind Jonathan Gray - even after missing all of the 2012 season with a shoulder injury, Bettis was called up this week and given a chance in the Rockies' revolving door known as the team's fifth starter. Though his 3.71 ERA at Double-A Tulsa wasn't particularly gaudy, his 68:13 strikeout-to-walk ratio spoke to his ability to control his pitches and make batters whiff. In addition, his solid 1.5 GB:FB ratio should play well at Coors Field. Bettis had a rough go of things in his MLB debut Thursday, surrendering five runs on six hits and five walks over five innings to take the loss against the Braves. His command and control struggles prevented him from using his best pitch - a changeup, which made him a one-pitch pitcher. With Armando Galarraga (forearm) still unavailable at Triple-A, Coll

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