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If there was ever a must for the Colorado Rockies, it would be the Rockies absolutely must improve its starting pitching.
Despite its porous defense, the Rockies can still blame the pitching staff as the reason for not making the playoffs.
The Rockies starters may compose the worst rotation in the past decade, at least.
The Rockies have the worst team ERA in baseball at 5.24.
Colorado is towards the bottom of the league in strikeouts.
The Rockies staff also has allowed a .288 opposing batting average, ranked fourth in walks allowed and have also allowed the second most home runs in all of baseball.
The starters are a big part of this problem.
No pitcher with a start has an ERA under 4.00.
The best starting pitcher, statistically, on the team is Drew Pomeranz with a 4.78 ERA.
Pomeranz and fellow starter Alex White came over from Cleveland in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade (White currently has a 5.49 ERA).
These two pitchers were the key players in the trade for the Rockies and right now they are a combined 3-13.
Maybe it is inexperience, or maybe it is poor pitching instruction, but the Rockies will not get to the playoffs with its starting pitching being as bad as it is.
If the Rockies do not improve anything else this offseason, it has to at least fix its pitching or the basement will become a permanent home for Colorado in the future.