When told recently that the Rockies were looking for a starter, a National League scout texted, "Just one?"
Such is life at Salt River Fields, where a sun-bleached, sellout crowd watched the Rockies lose 6-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Jeff Francis threw well for four innings, was rocked in the fifth and was outpitched by Clayton Kershaw. That movie has been rerunning since the end of the 2010 season.
Three weeks from opening day, the Rockies' rotation features uncertainty and ambitious optimism. Jhoulys Chacin, Francis and Jorge De La Rosa are locks. Juan Nicasio and Drew Pomeranz are front-runners for the final two positions. That group went a combined 13-26 with a 5.23 ERA last season, which explains why Tyler Chatwood and Chris Volstad remain in the mix and why the Rockies are scouting pitchers out of options who could land on the waiver wire this month.
Simply put, relevancy hinges on the starting pitching, which was the worst in baseball last year. Don't worry, the pitchers have all heard it, Twitter, Facebook and reporters acting as an echo chamber.


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