The last thing anyone would expect from the Colorado Rockies is a top of the line starting rotation. They probably will not have one at the start of the 2014 MLB season but they very well could end up with a passable or good rotation by mid-season or the end of the year. Then again they might be good at the start of the year through the first few pitchers. With the core three they have, it will give them a chance to build on a strong base.
Tyler Chatwood, Jhoulys Chacin and Jorge De La Rosa are the top three that will give them a chance if they all stay healthy and all return to the Rockies. If they can keep the three of them intact and dive into their system or even bring in a few via free agency it will give them what could potentially be a middle of the road rotation as compared to the great ones. They might rank just outside of the top ten instead of towards the bottom in other words.
The experiment to bring in Roy Oswalt didn’t work out this year but it wouldn’t hurt to give him a full spring training to see how he develops. After all he should have a few years left in his arm. Outside of that they will just have to figure out who their best options are. In the National League it is very possible to compete with three top starters and a decent four and five. That is the key along with the entire offensive force staying healthy to them competing next season longer than mid-season.