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Chad Bettis
Birthdate: 4/26/1989 (27 y, 10 m, 25 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-1/193     Position: P
Drafted: 2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 26, Overall: 76, Team: Colorado Rockies
Contract: $0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
RotoWire News: Bettis says that his testicular cancer has unexpectedly spread and he will begin chemotherapy in the near future. (3/10/2017)
Injury: Illness, Day-to-Day
Profiles:  2014  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: In some respects, the 2016 season was a step forward for Chad Bettis. He tossed a career-high 186 innings, far and away above his 2015 total of 115 IP. He lowered his walk rate to a career-best 7.3%. He raised his ground ball rate to a career-best 51.2%. Cumulatively, his 2.6 WAR was also a career best. But, in some ways, his 2016 season was more of the same. His 96 FIP- in 2016 was quite similar to his 92 FIP- in 2015. His xFIP- was actually exactly the same in both seasons - 100 in both '15 and '16. It's hard to get past those four numbers. Bettis is a league-average pitcher, which is valuable in a real-world sense. Those guys make rotations hum, especially if they can take the ball every fifth day, or close to it. The exceptions, though, are those league-average pitchers who pitch in offense-friendly environments. Coors Field isn't the bandbox it was in its pre-humidor life, but on any given day, the ball can fly around the yard like in the old days. When it does, a pitcher's ERA is going to be battered and bloodied. This happened to Bettis more than once in 2016, and there's really no telling when it will happen. You can guess, sure, but you can be burned by that too. Anyone who benched Bettis on Sept. 5, 2016, when he tossed a two-hit, complete game shutout against the Giants is painfully familiar with how those guessing games can wreak havoc on your mind. My response then is generally to avoid those guessing games by just not drafting such players, but if your league doesn't count ERA or your risk tolerance is higher, feel free to draft Bettis in the later rounds.

The Quick Opinion: Like all pitchers who ply their trade at Coors Field, Chad Bettis is a good pitcher who will occasionally fall victim to the dreaded, ERA-killing "Coors Field Game." These games tend to limit the fantasy value of Rockies' pitchers as a rule, and Bettis is no exception.

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