(NEW YORK) — Pitching has been a major issue for the Colorado Rockies this season, and that’s putting it lightly. In an attempt to resolve the issue, the team will scrap the traditional five-man starting rotation, and trim it down to four.
So far this season, the Rockies have a team ERA of 5.38, which ranks them dead last in Major League Baseball. Even worse, their starter’s ERA stands at 6.28, hardly a winning formula. As a result, the team is 25-41 and are in fourth place in the National League West.
“We had to do something that was unconventional,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
All four starters will be limited to a 75 pitch count limit. Jeremy Guthrie will be moved to the bullpen while Christian Friedrich, Jeff Francis, Alex White, and Josh Outman will make up the new-look rotation.
The team has used 10 starters this season, and none have an ERA under 5.00 except for Drew Pomeranz, who is currently in the minors. Alex White currently leads the starters in ERA at 5.56.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN