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.
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
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