This time last year Walt Weiss was gearing up to manage his son’s High School baseball team in Aurora, Colorado. A year later he is the Colorado Rockies sixth manager in franchise history and is heading to Spring Training with one of the worst pitching staffs in the MLB.
Last season the Rockies were an abysmal 64-98 as they were without their best player in Troy Tulowitzski who missed all but 47 games due to a wrist injury that required surgery. With Tulo back the offensive expectations are elevated as players like Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez will combine with the shortstop to be one of the most powerful lineups in the league.
Fowler was exceptional last season as he had career-highs in batting average, home-runs and Runs Batted In while setting the tone for the Rockies from the top of the order. At 26-years-old the sky is the limit for Fowler but, unfortunately he can’t pitch which is the biggest weakness for Colorado this season.
Anytime your pitching staff finishes the season with a 5.22 team ERA you can’t expect to win many games. In fact, the Rockies were dead last with 824 Earned Runs in 2012 and didn’t have a single starter with an ERA below 4.43. Jhoulys Chacin is currently the number one starter but, he led the entire league with 87 walks in 2011 and has always struggled finding the zone.
The silver lining may be Drew Pomeranz who was the fifth overall pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2010–he pitched in 22 games last season and finished with a 2-9 record but has plenty of upside at just 24-years-old.