In Troy Renck's article I linked to below, he mentions that the BK to Oakland rumor seems dead in the water after a solid outing by Joe Kennedy yesterday on a day when not many pitchers in Arizona could duplicate that accomplishment. Renck's been on the record that he thinks the Rockies will finish last in the division again this year, and the body of today's article begins to indicate why he takes this stance. It's easy to get swayed by the big names in rotations around the division and see the Rockies as inferior. I won't argue that the five pitchers we have starting aren't inferior. I will argue that the difference isn't nearly as big as it's made out to be, as age, durability and depth are going to play big factors this season for our major rivals. Dex at Gaslamp Ball noticed how our stressing of quantity over quality at the bottom of the rotation this season actually figures to make an impact. The tank of a lineup is this team's strength, but the rotation could be the bumbling assassin that the rest of the division will take for granted until it's too late.
Dayn Perry ranks the NL West teams as follows in his pre-season PowerRankings:
- San Diego
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
Update [2007-3-28 10:20:50 by Rox Girl]:
Whoops, I saw this link earlier, just forgot to include it. The Rockies are apparently interested in White Sox knuckleballer Charlie Haeger. That would be an interesting pick-up, as pre-humidor knuckleballers were particularly ill-suited for Coors, but now, who knows?
Update [2007-3-28 16:39:54 by malakian]: