Featuring Trevor Utley, Lou Kessler, and Al deCiutiis
Featuring Trevor Utley, Andrew Sanford, & Lou Kessler
By Trevor Utley
Since the opening of Coors Field, pitching has been an issue for Colorado. In the days of the Blake Street Bombers or their 2007 run to the World Series, tearing the cover off the baseball was how they got things done. If they are going to compete in 2014, that is going to have to change. They are going to need their starting rotation to stay healthy, a task made that much harder by the acquisition of Brett Anderson from Oakland who is a disabled list staple. Nobody pitched 200 innings for the Rox last year but they have a top of a rotation that isn't half bad. Jorge de la Rosa is a Coors Field commander. Tyler Chatwood pitched outstanding but missed over two months. Jhoulys Chacin led the team with 197 1/3 innings and tied for the team lead with 31 starts. Those three combined to go 49-32. The rest of the starters (eight pitchers total) couldn't muster half that. I feel they'll have the same problem this season. Even if somehow they can stay intact, they're relying on 41 year old LaTroy Hawkins, who caught lightning in a bottle with the Mets last year, and Rex Brothers, who has less than half a season of Major League closing under his belt, to finish games. Health isn't only a worry with their arms though. The Rockies lineup is beyond formidable but staying on the field was an issue for Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, and Michael Cuddyer in 2013. They've added Justin Morneau to replace the retired Todd Helton but he has had his injury woes in recent years. All in all, there are just too many ifs for me to have to bet on to make Colorado a .500 team. IF those ifs become realities, they'll make me look real dumb for ranking them this low.
PREDICTED RECORD: 80-82
PREDICTED ALL-STAR REPS: Troy Tulowitzki, shortstop; Carlos Gonzalez, outfielder; Jorge de la Rosa, starting pitcher
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