Predicting the Colorado Rockies’ 2014 Starting Rotation
Predicting the Colorado Rockies' Starting Rotation
It has been a relatively quiet off season for the Colorado Rockies, who will be looking to get back to their winning ways after finishing dead last in the NL West the past two seasons. The offseason did begin on a sour note as longtime Rockie Todd Helton retired from the game at the conclusion of the team's 2013 campaign. The Rockies will certainly miss the longtime first baseman. His replacement comes from the Pittsburgh Pirates as Justin Monreau will be playing for the purple stripes over at first base.
There was some positives during the 2013 campaign as Rockies' third baseman Nolan Arenado won the NL Gold Glove Award at his position, becoming the first rookie to do so since 1957. If that does not pump up the team for a strong 2014 season, I do not know what will. Plus with the faces of the franchise in Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, and Michael Cuddyer looking to have a strong campaign as well there is no doubt that the Rockies are primed for a breakout year that they have long awaited to see.
The pitching had its ups and downs during the 2013 campaign, but with solid prospects and the return of the majority of the starting pitchers, it is bound to be a great year for the pitchers as well. While pitching has not started on the right foot during Spring Training, it should be okay as long as they get through game by game. With that said, here is my look into what I think the Rockies' starting rotation will be during the 2014 campaign.
1. Jorge de la Rosa
No doubt the ace pitcher of the Rockies organization, the key to Jorge de la Rosa's season will be his health. He has struggled throughout his career staying healthy. If he can pull off a full season with almost no issues what so ever, I can see him nearing if not reaching the 1,000 strikeouts in a career milestone. He is a solid pitcher when he has his stuff going for him.
2. Jhoulys Chacin
Another rising star in the Rockies' organization, Jhoulys Chacin has to work on his walks this season. When he struggles, he often walks a lot of batters. During his 2011 campaign he walked 87 batters, which led the National League. As long as he can control his pitches, he is in line for a breakout year.
3. Brett Anderson
One of the Colorado Rockies' newest players entering 2014, Brett Anderson was acquired via trade from the Oakland Athletics. He was a former opening day starter for the Athletics and had a pretty solid career with them as he helped the team into the postseason during the 2012 campaign and even won a postseason game. Look for Anderson to make an immediate impact in the pitching rotation as he looks to get his career back on track.
4. Tyler Chatwood
One of the Rockies' most promising pitchers, Tyler Chatwood has a lot of potential, but like the majority of the Rockies' pitchers it has been hampered by injuries. I however look for Chatwood to breakthrough and have a great 2014 campaign. He does have the stuff to become a quality pitcher for years to come.
5. Juan Nicasio
The injuries continue to plague the Rockies. Could be the reason the team struggled throughout the season. Juan Nicasio has had his struggles with injuries and consistency. He was injured for almost all of 2012 and did not fair well statistically in 2013. If he does not bounce back this season, look for the Rockies to find a pitcher from the bullpen or from the minors to take his place.
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