Colorado Rockies: 2013 looks rocky

Odds are that the Rockies won’t hit the summit this year. Photo: Carlos Gonzalez dives for a hard drive AP

LOS ANGELES, March 26, 2013 — The Colorado Rockies are hopefully finished with their ridiculous pitching experiment where they only let their starters throw 75 pitches before pulling them. The Rockies finished last in the NL West with a 64-98 record in 2012.

Things don’t look any brighter for the Rockies this year either. One bright spot is that Troy Tulowitzki will be back to help the other bright spot, Carlos Gonzalez. The offense will have to put up a lot of runs because their pitching will be giving up a lot of them as well.

Troy Tulowitzki AP

The Rockies signed recently-released Jon Garland to take the fifth rotation spot in a rotation filled with worrisome pitchers and question marks. First year manager Walt Weiss definitely has his work cut out for him.

Projected payroll: $68,988,571

Notable Players Out: 1B Jason Giambi, LHP Jonathan Sanchez

Notable Players In: IF Reid Brignac, RHP Jon Garland, RHP Chris Volstad,

Prospect Watch: 3B Nolan Arenado and LHP Drew Pomeranz

Highlight Hitter: LF Carlos Gonzalez (ZiPS 2013 Projections: .297/.363/.531 22 HR/89 R/85 RBI)

Highlight Pitcher: Jhouls Chacin (ZiPS 2013 Projections: 10-8, 4.42 ERA, 7.26 K/9, 136.3 IP)

Projected Lineup: C Wilin Rosario, 1B Todd Helton, 2B Josh Rutledge, 3B Chris Nelson, SS Troy Tulowitzki, LF Carlos Gonzalez, CF Dexter Fowler, RF Michael Cuddyer

Projected Rotation: RHP Jhoulys Chacin, LHP Jorge De La Rosa, RHP Juan Nicasio, LHP Jeff Francis, RHP Jon Garland.

Projected Closer: RHP Rafael Betancourt

Manager: Walt Weiss

Projected 2013 Finish in NL West: 1. TBA  2. TBA  3. TBA  4. TBA  5. Colorado Rockies

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

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Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR.


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