The starting rotation looks pretty awful for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Monday 4 March 2013 at 5:43 pm

The starting rotation looks pretty awful heading into the 2013 season for the Rockies.  The Rockies hope that 31-year old lefty Jorge De La Rosa can stay healthy in 2013.  He pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 0-2 with a 9.28 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 191 games (129 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 54-51 with a 4.96 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  25-year old righty Jhoulys Chacin is the most talented starting pitcher the Rockies have, but he needs to keep his head on straight in 2013.  Chacin pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 3-5 with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 82 games (67 starts) in his first four years with the Rockies and he is 23-31 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  The rest of the starting jobs will be won or lost in spring training.  24-year old lefty Drew Pomeranz could win one of the spots in the Rockies’ rotation.  He pitched in 22 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 2-9 with a 4.93 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 26 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 4-10 with a 5.01 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  He was supposedly the prize in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal with the Indians two summers ago.  26-year old righty Juan Nicasio also has a decent upside.  He pitched in 11 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 2-3 with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 24 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 6-7 with a 4.65 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  32-year old lefty Jeff Francis is the old-timer of this bunch.  He pitched in 24 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 6-7 with a 5.58 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  Francis has now pitched in 205 games (204 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 67-73 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  23-year old righty Tyler Chatwood also could snag a spot in the rotation with a good spring.  He pitched in 19 games (12 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 5-6 with 1 save, a 5.43 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 46 games (37 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 11-17 with 1 save, a 4.96 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  If Chatwood starts throwing more strikes, he might not be too bad.  25-year old lefty Christian Friedrich had a baptism by fire in his first taste of the majors in 2012.  He pitched in 16 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 5-8 with a 6.17 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  He also pitched in 5 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies in which he was 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.  26-year old righty Chris Volstad had a rough time with the Cubs last year.  He pitched in 21 games (all starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 3-12 with a 6.31 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  Volstad has now pitched in 124 games (123 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 35-51 with a 4.87 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  Volstad has not pitched well in the majors since his rookie year.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE STARTING ROTATION IN 2013:  D-

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