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Once again, Rockies fans can point to the uncertainties of the starting rotation.
Since 2008 only one Rockies pitcher—Ubaldo Jimenez—has pitched over 200 innings, but he is no longer on the roster.
Jhoulys Chacin came close last season with just over 194 innings pitches.
But baseball fans know the importance of starting pitching, and the Rockies lack the presence of a true ace in their rotation.
Jeremy Guthrie has been named the opening day starter, but he doesn't fit the definition of an ace. Guthrie is known for pitching late in games, and he is coming from the most brutal division in baseball.
How will this translate to the NL in a hitter friendly park like Coors Field? His 9-17 record last season is also questionable, but when you look at the amount of run support he received, it's more understandable.
There was a point last season when Guthrie was 1-7, but during those games, the Orioles scored only six runs. And when you look closer, there were five games when the Orioles hadn't provided a single run in support of Guthrie.
Jhoulys Chacin is still struggling with his command. But the Rockies hope he can become the ace Jimenez couldn't.
At this point though, the similarities between the two are starting to become a concern. At 24, Chacin already has 54 major league starts. There's no reason he can't perform. Last June, Chacin worked a stretch of four starts and only allowed three runs.
Juan Nicasio needs to develop a third pitch, but on the bright side, he stood toe-to-toe with major league hitters with his two-pitch selection.
At times, you can even argue he was dominating on the mound. With 58 strikeouts to 18 walks, he proved he belongs in the big leagues. The fact that he is even going to set foot on a mound after suffering a broken vertebra in August is amazing.
The Rockies have named Jamie Moyer their No. 2 man in the rotation, and it's a feel good story. But can he remain healthy enough to last an entire season?
Coming off Tommy John surgery won't be easy for a player with 20-plus years of experience. Moyer's advantage is knows how to pitch and has a variety of pitches with varying speeds.
If he can just be consistent until Jorge De La Rosa returns to the rotation, Moyer will have done his job.