The Colorado Rockies have had themselves a crisis of pitching the past few years. It seems every year is the year that they finally cracked the code … and then it all inevitably falls apart. As I watch the Rockies flounder through their games, I think back to 2017 and 2018 when it all just clicked and wonder, what would it take to make the rotation click again?
Unfortunately, the Rockies’ “greatest rotation ever” window seems to have slammed shut. The problem seems to always be in the splits. A pitcher is good at Coors or good everywhere else, rarely can a pitcher be good at both.
Look at Chad Kuhl. He has the best ERA+ (101) on the team and has been great at Coors Field, yet on the road it looks like he is a position player pitching. An ideal world would see him never pitch on the road, but that couldn’t happen, right?
The Colorado Rockies should use 7 starting pitchers
Well, here’s a crazy idea: he could and he should. It would benefit the Colorado Rockies to run home and away squads for their starting pitching. The Rockies have spent lots of time trying to minimize the Home/Away splits and downplay their effect. But the stats are simple, it is hard to pitch at Coors Field, only a special type of pitcher can do it successfully, and that combination of tools might only work at Coors Field.
I say that the Colorado Rockies use that to their advantage, lean hard into the pitching splits, and have the squad become a force to be reckoned with, rather than a joke.