The Colorado Rockies are trying to rebuild their starting rotation after the Ubaldo Jimenez trade last July. This could be the one thing that keeps the Rockies from being a legitimate contender in the division.
Offense has never been a problem in Colorado, but the Rockies have struggled to find pitchers that can handle the way the balls fly out of Coors Field.
This year, Colorado be leaning on a starting rotation that lacks experience.
With the exception of Jhoulys Chacin and Jeremy Guthrie, there is very limited experience in the Rockies rotation. Drew Pomeranz seems to be the one with the most promise, as he was obtained from the Cleveland Indians in the trade for Jimenez.
The team may also get a contribution from Tyler Chatwood, who's turned in several good years with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The subtraction Huston Street may also hurt them, but they feel that Rafael Betancourt can slam the door at the end of games.
Offensively, the Rockies look pretty good, especially after the additions of Michael Cuddyer and Marco Scutaro. The addition of Scutaro should shine on the defensive end as well as he'll be paired up with one of the best shortstops in the game in Troy Tulowitzki.
If the Rockies can get a bigger contribution from their young starters, they have a chance to move up in the NL West.
However, it looks like the Rockies will have to slug their way into contention.