The Rockies are trying everything to make their pitching staff better. Last week the team decided to go with a four man rotation, as opposed to the traditional five. They would limit the starters to roughly 75 pitches and then give it to the bullpen. Part of the reason for this is because the starters can’t get past the 5th inning anyway, so might as well do it on purpose, right?
I’m not so sure. Then again, nothing is really going to fix this rotation. Hey, in other news, the Rockies won 11-10 Thursday. They had a seven run lead after two innings but still needed to make it interesting.
With the new playoff format of two wild card teams, there are going to be a lot of teams still in it for a while. The Rockies are one of the few teams that can say “we’re out of it already”. And they’ve been out of it for over a month now.
Obviously the problem has been pitching. The Rockies need to score 10 runs to win a game. They rank 4th (out of 30 teams) in runs scored and 3rd in batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage. But their rank dead last in a four pitching categories (ERA, Quality Starts, WHIP and BAA).
A quality start is defined by having the starting pitcher pitch at least 6 innings and not giving up more than three earned runs. The Rockies have had 17 of those this season…out of 75 games. That’s only 22%. Horrible. And with this new four man rotation, they are unlikely to get any quality starts any time soon.
Despite having the third worst record in baseball, fans are still coming out to the park. Credit the dedicated fans. We’ll see how long that lasts. If anything else, the Rockies provide an entertaining game…lots of hits by the opposing team. And if the Rockies are going to win, lots of runs are going to be scored by both teams in most cases.
In other news, the Rockies pitching coach Bob Apodaca resigned his position and now the Rockies will have two pitching coaches. He had been the pitching coach for ten years, which is quite remarkable considering the fact that the Rockies have never been known for their pitching.
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Written by Steve Folsom
Sports has always been my passion in life. I enjoy all sports but baseball is by far my favorite. I bring an analytical perspective to my sports consumption. Follow me on Twitter @Steven_Folsom.