I recently had the chance to sit down and talk to pitcher Chad Bettis, who has split time in 2014 between the Colorado Rockies and Triple-A Colorado Springs.
In 13 appearances with the Rockies this season, Bettis has struggled, posting an 0-1 record with a 10.05 ERA. After giving up just one earned run in his first 7.1 innings of work, Bettis has surrendered 15 earned runs in his last seven innings.
At Colorado Springs, Bettis has far more success, logging a 2-2 record and 1.72 ERA with three saves. In his most recent outing, on June 26 versus Iowa, Bettis recorded a three-inning save against Iowa.
This is the first season for Bettis to be primarily in the bullpen as he split time as a starter between Double-A Tulsa and Colorado in 2013, starting 20 of 28 games in which he appeared that season.
Henry: You left Tulsa as a starter and have changed into a reliever. Can you talk about how your pitching style has changed since Double-A?
Bettis: Honestly, so much has changed for my pitching style since then that I don’t even think I can compare it. Tulsa was a good stop for me. The fans and the community treated us very well.
Henry: Now that you’re back at Colorado Springs, what is your focus?
Bettis: I am trying to be more consistent in everything I do on the mound. I want to try to keep the ball down and that’s a focus as well.
Henry: Does it cause you to concentrate more on keeping the ball down with the altitude in Colorado Springs and Denver?
Bettis: There might be days where that makes a difference but you can’t go out there and worry about that. You can’t use the altitude as an excuse.
Henry: Before you were called up, what was the biggest lesson you learned in the minors?
Bettis: Concentrating on the hitter and finding different ways to get him out.