Roy Oswalt will pitch in the majors for the first time since October 2 of last year when he lines up for the Colorado Rockies following an impressive spell in the Double-A with Tulsa.
The 35-year old links up with a Rockies pitching staff that is really struggling to fire this season, losing four of six and dropping a half-game behind the favourites in the baseball odds betfair, Arizona.
A three time All-Star, Oswalt has proven himself a very capable pitching option during his time, racking up a career record of 163-96, including a 4-0 mark and 2.25 ERA in five starts at Coors Field. He has finished in the top six of the National League Cy Young Award voting six times and won 20 games twice.
The Rockies have not had many pitchers who have achieved as much as Oswalt has during his career. But it remains to be seen just how much left the right-hander has left in him following a career that started in 2001 at the Houston Astros, or whether the Rockies have simply signed a pitcher whose best days are behind him.
After his arrival from the Texas Rangers, Oswalt made the decision to head to the Double-A to get himself up to match speed and his arm strength. An impressive four games for Tulsa, combined with the Rockies wretched form of late, saw the veteran handed his chance to establish himself as part of this pitching line-up.
A disappointing season for the Rangers has left the experienced Oswalt with plenty to prove this season. He went 4-3 with a 5.80 ERA for Texas in 17 games, including eight in relief, and that was not how a pitcher who has achieved so much in the game wants to sign out.
This may be Oswalt’s last chance to prove he is still capable of playing at this level, and that may be something that works in the Rockies favour over the next few weeks.