It seems worth noting, once again, that with July 1st nearly upon us, the starting rotation for the Colorado Rockies currently consists of the following pitchers. All five are left-handed, but only one of them was really supposed to be here. Listed in no particular order after the first guy, here is the current starting rotation:
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Of the group, only Morales was with the big league team to start the season. The Rockies presumably acquired Franklin to work out of the bullpen, but he just keeps finding himself in the rotation thanks to all these injuries.
The Rockies were going to have it rough with this ragtag group regardless of timing, but you could say that the use of this rotation out of necessity came at the absolute worst time. With a hat tip to Nick Groke of the Denver Post:
They will at least get to face those Dodgers’ pitchers back home at Coors Field, but that might only help so much considering the way they are going, especially Kershaw.
The Rockies will keep doing their best with what they’ve got. They will still stand a chance to score some runs thanks to the hot hitting of guys like Drew Stubbs and Corey Dickerson to go along with Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Morneau. On the flip side of things, however, this kind of stretch is not good for guys who are already struggling like Wilin Rosario.
Really, the Rockies just need to avoid sweeps and maybe steal a series win sometime here. Either of those tasks, however, will be awfully difficult for the rest of this week against the Nationals and the Dodgers.