Pitching wins championships, and reliable starting pitching in particular is paramount to any team reaching the ultimate goal of hoisting the World Series trophy.
Therein lies the problems for the Colorado Rockies, who continue to struggle with finding five viable arms to fill out their starting rotation.
Take their starters' ERA for the past four seasons as Exhibit A:
2011: 4.73, 27th in MLB
2012: 5.81, 30th in MLB
2013: 4.57, 26th in MLB
2014: 5.05, 29th in MLB
Over that same period of time, their offense ranked as follows in runs per game:
2011: 4.54, seventh in MLB
2012: 4.68, sixth in MLB
2013: 4.36, 10th in MLB
2014: 4.58, fourth in MLB
Obviously some of this has to do with playing in hitter-friendly Coors Field, but at the same time, the team has done little to address its rotation.
Among the arms the Rockies have acquired during that span: Drew Pomeranz, Alex White, Clay Mortensen, Kevin Millwood, Jamie Moyer, Tyler Chatwood, Kevin Slowey, Guillermo Moscoso, Josh Outman, Jeremy Guthrie, Jonathan Sanchez, Jon Garland, Roy Oswalt, Jordan Lyles, Yohan Flande and Brett Anderson.
That's an unimpressive mix of fringe starters and washed-up veterans, and it's that strategy for shoring up the rotation that keeps them from contending.
Yet when the team was handed a gold opportunity to claim a high-upside young pitcher off waivers in Jacob Turner, it passed and he was scooped up by the next team in line in the Cubs.
Right now, this team is banking heavily on Jon Gray and Eddie Butler panning out atop the rotation, and if they don't, a complete overhaul of organizational philosophy and player development may be in order.