Last year the Colorado Rockies were one of the worst teams in all of baseball so this past offseason was full of personnel changes, including a new manager. Walt Weiss was hired by the Rockies to take over for Jim Tracy, who stepped down after three seasons in Denver.
As Weiss embarks on his first full season as the manager of the Rockies he faces plenty of challenges. The biggest challenge he will face in 2013, besides jumping from coaching high schooler’s last year to now coaching big leaguer’s. is the problem that has plagued all recent Colorado managers and that is starting pitching. Last year due to injuries and lack of talent, the Rockies boasted one of the worst starting pitching staffs in the Majors as they finished with an unsightly ERA over five.
He will be getting some arms back from injury as Jorge De La Rosa returns from an elbow injury and Jhoulys Chacin continues to recover from his neck injury. Weiss will have the ability to rely on his bullpen, seeing that they were one of the most effective groups in the NL last year. However, they were also the most over worked unit last season so starting picthing is vital for colorado to have nay chance at success in 2013.
They have the talent offensively to compete in the NL West, with Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez but without solid pitching they are unable to play from behind game in and game out. Colorado can put up runs as they finished 2nd in batting average and 6th in runs scored a season ago so if they can stake out a lead early in games that can help ease the pressure off their starters.
Weiss is inheriting a talented group of players that, if managed correctly, can make some solid waves in 2013. However, every team has a chance at the beginning of the season, it’s where they are as September rolls around that matters.