One question. That's all it was, a single inquiry to start an interview that hinted of the daunting challenge facing first-year manager Walt Weiss.

He was wildly popular as a player, but he's not a pitcher. And nothing will determine Weiss' success, and that of the Rockies, this season more than a rotation that, after getting gashed, slugged and pummeled, returns virtually intact.

Bandage beware.

Clearly in a transition year, the Rockies are counting heavily on a healthy Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin and Juan Nicasio to accelerate the recovery from an embarrassing, franchise-record 98 losses last season.

"For us to make any noise and to be taken seriously, we have to have those guys go to the post consistently,"