Jack Etkin, Forbes.com: Rockies Having a Problem Getting Untracked

Rockies on a collison course

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By Jack Etkin


Forty-five games into the season, the Colorado Rockies are floundering. They are coming off a 91-win season and, for the first time in their 26-year history, consecutive appearances in the postseason, each time as a wild-card team.

The Rockies are 20-25, trail the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers by 9 ½ games and are in fourth place, just a half game ahead of the rebuilding San Francisco Giants. Colorado’s best bet to be playing in October again appears to be as a wild-card entrant. In the past five years, no NL wild-card team has had fewer than 87 wins. For the Rockies to finish 87-75, they must go 67-50 the balance of the season. Doable? Yes, but sustained runs of success don’t happen without consistent starting pitching. The Rockies rotation, projected to be a strength again after last season, has been a huge disappointment to date.

Last year, the Rockies starters went 59-43 with a 4.17 ERA, which was second only to 2009 when the starters’ ERA was 4.10. This season, the starters are 12-20 with an NL-worst 5.64 ERA.

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