Jack Etkin, Forbes.com: Rockies Rotation Key to Making a Pitch to Contend

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By Jack Etkin/Forbes.com

Starting pitching will be the starting point for a Rockies rebound next season. At least, that’s what they hope.

When they made the postseason in both 2017 and 2018, the Rockies’ used relatively few starters, because they were durable and effective. Not so this year when a franchise-worst 20-game regression resulted in a 71-91 record.

In 2017, the Rockies used eight starters, five of whom made at least 20 starts, and the starters went 63-56 with a 4.59 ERA in 887 innings.

In 2018, the Rockies used just seven starters, one of whom made just one start. They combined to go 59-43 with a 4.17 ERA – the second lowest in franchise history – and lead the National League with 932 innings.

This year, the Rockies used 11 starters, who logged 842 1/3 innings while going 45-62 with a 5.87 ERA, the second-highest in franchise history. Colorado starters had a 6.19 ERA in 1999.

“Last year, we led the National League as a starting staff in innings pitched,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “We were second (in the majors) behind Cleveland. Did that happen this year? No. That makes it hard. And if you don’t pitch good in the bullpen, that makes it even worse.”

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