March 5, 2013
Different Ballparks, Same Problem
Two of the most extreme ballparks in baseball are home to National League West teams. Coors Field inflates offense, while Petco Park destroys it. Neither the Rockies nor the Padres are expected to contend in 2013, and a lack of quality starting pitching is a large part of the reason in both cases. Despite their different environments, these two teams face the same problem.
Who are the candidates for each rotation? What do they have to offer?
As a group, the Colorado rotation sported a 5.81 ERA, last in MLB by plenty. Even by Coors Field standards, last year was bad. Only once in the club's 20-year existence had Rockies starters posted a higher ERA, and that came when more runs were being scored in baseball. Here are the bottom five: