DENVER, CO - AUGUST 29: Pitching coach Bo McLaughlin #40 of the Colorado Rockies visits the mound to talk with pitcher Will Harris #48 and the rest of the infield during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on August 29, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The strategy visit proved unhelpful as Harris gave up a grand slam to the next batter as the Dodgers went on to defeat the Rockies 10-8 to avoid the three game sweep. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
They were breaking bad, so they broke convention. On June 19, the Rockies were 25-40 and their starting pitchers were historically awful. At that point they switched to a four-man paired rotation, believing there was never a better time to examine the 75-pitch-limit model. Sixty-four games later, the Rockies have shown enough improvement that they will continue using a form of the four-man rotation moving into next season, according to general manager Dan O'Dowd.
The Rockies have used a rotation of seven pitchers to fill four rotation spots over the second part of the season. According to Renck, Colorado would ideally like to add an eighth pitcher to the mix for 2013.
Renck explains the idea of the Rockies’ rotation; you have four starters on a seventy-five-pitch count and four other "hybrid" pitchers who are limited to fifty pitches. Each would be paired with another and asked to fill the role of a regular starting pitcher.
If the Rockies get their way and enter next season with eight pitchers for the eight roles, Renck projects the following rotation breakdown; Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin, Jeff Francis and Drew Pomeranz as the starters, followed by Tyler Chatwood, Alex White, Juan Nicasio and Christian Friedrich as the hybrid pitchers.
News initially reported by Tracy Ringolsby of Root Sports.
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