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Beyond the 5th starter

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If Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa, Tyler Chatwood, and Brett Anderson can stay healthy, they Rockies might actually have something in 2014.

In this video, I talk about the importance of the top four men in the Rockies rotation staying healthy.

It's largely connected to the table I've posted below. In the bottom row, I've calculated how many starts the Rockies have been forced to give to pitchers who were not one of the five guys to make the most starts for them that season. Now that the Rockies have as strong of a top four as they've every had going into 2014, it's vital they avoid using guys that might pitch anything like some of the names listed here at bottom of recent rotations.

It shouldn't be too much of a surprise, but this table is pretty much a perfect explanation of why the Rockies record has been what's it's been over the last five seasons, both good and bad.

(Click on the table to see it enlarged)

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