For decades, statheads have called for teams to turn back the clock by reverting to four-man pitching rotations from the five-man ones that first took hold at the major league level in the early 1970s and advanced throughout the game over the ensuing decade. Since then, the occasional team has briefly experimented with four starters, and Tony La Russa even went to three for about a week with Oakland in 1993. Those changes were short-lived, however. So it was difficult to take seriously Tuesday’s announcement from Rockies manager Jim Tracy that his team was not only switching to a four-man rotation, but that it would do so while keeping its starters on a 75-pitch limit.
I doubt this lasts the month.
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Post subject: Re: The Rockies are trying to outsmart themselves
Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:06 pm
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Bad long term move. This is going to be an issue for not only the pitchers they have now, but for free agents they are trying to attract, their current bullpen, and minor leaguers.
In the minor leagues guys are on a 5 day rotation, so what happens if someone goes down and they have to call one of these guys up? Now they have to do something different than what they have been trained to do for years, at a young age?
This just has bad news written all over it. Just trade for a pitcher and stay with the 5 man rotation. Give up CarGo, he stinks away from Coors anyway. That should be able to get them a nice piece.
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