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Rockies finally have starting rotation that sticks

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

The Rockies celebrated their 20th season of playing Major League Baseball this season.

This season is significant not only because of the milestone, but they finally found a starting rotation to build around.

It’s hard to believe, but that’s the case when the Rockies could have four starters achieving 10 victories this season.

Jhoulys Chacin earned his 13th win of the season last night after the Rockies’ 5-4 victory over the Giants at Coors Field. He pitched well again by giving up a run and a hit in seven innings.  He struck out nine, and this was the fourth start in a row he threw over 100 pitches.

With the way Chacin pitched since June, he is on pace to win 17 games. That’s impressive when a starter reaches that mark. That’s where he enters elite territory.

Jorge De La Rosa has 14 wins this season, and he is on pace to get 18 wins. If he had run support this season, he could have had 16 wins with a chance to have a 20-win season.

The Rockies knew Chacin and De La Rosa had the stuff to be effective. They were banking on them to anchor the staff. Still, no one knew they could pitch like elite pitchers. They certainly have by overpowering hitters.

For couple of Rockies to reach that number of wins, that is an accomplishment. It’s rare that the team has a pitcher having 15 or more wins. It’s something to be proud of for a franchise that has had a hard time developing pitchers.

It’s not only De La Rosa and Chacin that are doing well.

Juan Nicasio is on pace to win 12 games if he continues to throw quality starts as he has done since his start against the Dodgers on July 12. It would be surprising if he does not win at least 10 games when the season is over. He is good enough to get it done.

He always had the talent to pitch well. He can get hitters out by throwing fastball, but he is now throwing sliders, curveballs and breaking balls to get outs. He has been consistent in throwing secondary pitches since his start against the Dodgers.

He has been a great story, and if he keeps it up, he could be a mainstay in the rotation for the next few years along with De La Rosa and Chacin.

Tyler Chatwood has 7 wins, and with him being activated from the disabled list on Sunday, he has a chance to get to 10 wins as long as he is not affected from the injuries he had this season.

He was on track to get 13 wins this season before he was on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation several weeks ago.

Ever since Chatwood was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on May 18, he allowed two earned runs or less in 12 of his 14 starts. He also has won six starts during that period.

Like Nicasio, Chatwood figured out how to throw secondary pitches such as curveballs, breaking balls and sliders to get guys outs. That’s why both starters have been consistently good.

As good as those guys are, it’s about maintaining consistency for the next few years. That’s something the Rockies have to find out. It’s a challenge those guys have to deal with. Plus, those guys need to avoid having arm problems.

De La Rosa has been good for awhile. For him, it’s about staying healthy.

Chacin always had good stuff, but this is the first time he has taken the next step of being an elite starter after being inconsistent in recent years.

Nicasio and Chatwood need to sustain their success.

If Chacin, Nicasio and Chatwood can duplicate this season’s success, the Rockies are in good shape with their starting rotation for years to come.

Finding starters have been a challenge for the Rockies since they were born in 1993. Most of them never panned out. Free agents flopped, and young starters never had the confidence to pitch at Coors Field.

The Rockies finally found guys who know how to pitch at Coors Field. If nothing else, this should end the myth that it’s hard to pitch at Coors Field.

From watching De La Rosa, Chacin, Chatwood and Nicasio, they showed a pitcher can get hitters out by being crafty out on the mound. They don’t need to overpower hitters or bank on a call to get hitters out. They don’t need to overthink. They have to pitch.

It’s refreshing what these guys can do after years of watching pitchers fail for the Rockies since they did not have the confidence to pitch.

It’s safe to say the Rockies solve their riddle of fielding a good rotation.

It only took 20 years.

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Chatwood impresses in every start

(AP Photo/ Chris Schneider)

(AP Photo/ Chris Schneider)

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

A baseball team features a player that blossoms out of nowhere during the course of the baseball season.

The Rockies have one in Tyler Chatwood this season.

Ever since he was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on May 18, he allowed two earned runs or less in 12 of his 14 starts. He also has won six starts during that period.

Chatwood put on another great performance by allowing two runs on six hits while walking none in seven innings in the Rockies’ 8-3 victory over the Brewers last night at Coors Field. That win gave him his seventh win of the season, and his ERA remains the same from his last start at 2.48.

He was so good that Rockies manager Walt Weiss let him throw 106 pitches to complete the seventh inning. That’s something since the Rockies don’t want pitchers to throw past 99 pitches at anytime.

Jorge De La Rosa is the ace for the Rockies, but that could be changing with the way Chatwood is pitching.

The Rockies expect great starts when Chatwood is pitching, and he backs it up when he is on the mound. It does not become an accident anymore when he pitches well in 12 of his 14 starts.

Chatwood has electric stuff when he is throwing on the mound. His command is superb, and he knows how to paint the strike zone. He executes his slider well as his out pitch when he is ahead of the count. He uses his fastball, breaking ball, slider and curveball well to confuse hitters. He knows what he is doing out there.

Last night was a great example when five of his first six outs were strikeouts. He overwhelmed the Brewers with sliders, curveballs and fastballs. That set the tone for another good outing, and he finished the night with a career-high 11 strikeouts.

Anytime a pitcher knows how to get strikeouts, he knows he can dominate the ballgame. That’s the case with Chatwood right now.

Sooner or later, it is time to admit he is an elite pitcher if he can sustain this. That would be something.

The Rockies have been dying to find a starter that can throw strikes and dominate in a ballgame. They have searched for a starter that is a lock to help them win a ballgame.

It has been a long search, but they may have found one in Chatwood.

Of course, he has to show he can do this for the next few years.

The Rockies thought Ubaldo Jimenez was going to be the ace for the next six years, but that didn’t work out. He lost his ability to throw strikes, and he became ineffective to the point he was traded to the Indians. He became a headcase as he absorbed all the losses.

Based on Jimenez’s experience, it’s understandable why the Rockies want to be careful in anointing Chatwood as an ace.

It’s easy for anyone to get excited with what Chatwood is doing, though. He is doing things elite pitchers are doing by vowing fans with his fastball, slider, curveball and breakball. Even hitters are saying he is tough to hit.

No one can blame Rockies fans for being excited about Chatwood.

It’s rare to see a Rockie do great on the mound as a starter. There has been awful or mediocre pitching when it comes to Rockies’ starting pitching since the inception of the franchise. That’s why Chatwood’s story is special.

Keep in mind Chatwood has gone through failures as a Rockie after the Angels traded him for Chris Iannetta. He has been demoted to the minors so many times after he was hit around in the majors. To his credit, he persevered in the minors. He kept developing his slider and curveball in the minors, and it paid off for him.

That’s something Drew Pomeranz can learn from Chatwood while he is trying to make a name of himself as a starter for the Rockies.

Chatwood’s story is neat, and he can validate it by having a great season. He is capable of winning 15 games and having an ERA of 2.48. He is currently on that pace with the stuff he is throwing on the mound.

Chatwood’s success has gotten to the point that he has become a must-see TV when he starts. This is what happens when a starter is dominating every start.

He won’t get the recognition that Matt Harvey, Adam Wainwright, Clayton Kershaw or other starters get by baseball pundits.

That’s okay with him. He knows he has lot to prove before he can be mentioned in the same sentence of those starters.

Make no mistake, though. He knows he is as good as them.

He certainly is pitching like it.

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Rockies should stop with pitch count limit

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

The Rockies do many things that make it easy for anyone to complain.

They hired a rookie manager who does not make decisions in Walt Weiss.

They create a roster that features too many nice guys that show no emotion.

They are at it again by instituting this stupid pitch count rule for their starters, which they can’t go past 100 pitches no matter how much of a groove they are in during the game or if they pitch well for seven or eight innings.

This comes after they came up with a rule last year about the starters not going past 75 pitches. That rule came as a way for the starters to be in a position to succeed.

That didn’t work out in the end. The starters struggled, and the Rockies continued to lose games. In the end, Jim Tracy decided to resign as Rockies manager rather than taking orders by the organization on managing a ballgame.

Not many managers want to be told how a team should be managed by Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd, but first-year Rockies manager Walt Weiss was okay with it. He’s only doing it, so that he can gain experience of being a manager in the majors.

How else can one explain Weiss not letting his starters go past 99 pitches?

Jhoulys Chacin’s night was done after he threw 98 pitches in the seventh inning last night in the Rockies’ 4-2 loss to the Marlins at Coors Field. While it’s great he pitched seven innings last night, he could have gone one more inning.

Weiss used Josh Outman in the eighth inning with the Marlins holding on to a 3-2 lead , and to no one’s surprise, the Rockies middle reliever’s night was over after he gave up a home run to Giancarlo Stanton and a hit to Logan Morrison.  The game was over for all intents and purposes, too.

This whole pitch count is stupid, and it’s time for the Rockies to abolish that rule about a starter being done after 99 pitches.

Jorge De La Rosa, Tyler Chatwood and Jhoulys Chacin are good enough to pitch past 100 pitches and throw for seven or eight innings. It’s not like they are Juan Nicasio, who tends to struggle in the middle innings.

The Rockies are making them look like wimps by not going deep in games. It’s a good bet those guys are not happy about going past 100 pitches. These guys have pride, and they want to pitch seven or eight innings a start. If they throw 98 pitches in the seventh inning, they would love to go for a complete game.

No starter likes to be taken out of a game, especially if he is having a great night.

The rule makes sense if the Rockies have mediocre starters, but they don’t.

The problem with having starters go on a pitch count is the relievers such as Edgmer Escalona, Wilton Lopez , Adam Ottavino and Outman get hit by being used everyday. There’s no way Weiss would use Matt Belisle and Rex Brothers in the seventh and eighth inning respectively unless the Rockies take a lead or if the game is tied late.

It does not make sense to keep destroying the arms of middle relievers. Escalona and Ottavino could develop into good relievers for years to come if they are used properly, but if they pitch every game, their arm will be burned out.

No one is saying the starters should throw 120 pitches a start. That’s stupidity, especially if these guys are tired by then.

That said, no Rockie starter is going to fail by going past 99 pitches unless his name is Nicasio or Drew Pomearnz.

Starters become good the more they go deep in games. Their confidence is at an all-time high when they go eight or nine innings. It should be a good thing if De La Rosa, Chatwood and Chacin throw at least 110 pitches per start if the situation dictates it.

Too many times, teams are fixated with pitch counts. It’s hard to understand why.

Sure, teams worry about starters getting hurt, but they can get hurt even with a limit on their pitch counts. There’s no magic potion in keeping a starter healthy other than praying he is not hurt.

With the Rockies, they are worried about their starters failing once they get past 99 pitches. Their starting pitching deserves credit than that.

It would be nice if Weiss would rebel by keeping Chatwood, De La Rosa and Chacin on the mound once they get past 99 pitches, but that’s not his nature. He is going to go by what the organization tells him to do, so that he can stay on as a Rockies manager and get his managerial experience.

It’s hard to believe the rookie manager likes this idea.

What can he do if the organization is stubborn about this stupid pitch count philosophy?

The Rockies can talk about how it’s working with De La Rosa, Chatwood and Chacin being effective this season, but one has to think it’s because those three are competent starters, not because they go past 99 pitches.

It’s ridiculous why the Rockies do this, but then again, it’s hard to figure out what they do when it comes to operating a baseball team.

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Winnable division is doable for Rockies

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

It does not look good at first glance.

The Rockies finished the pre-All-Star break with a 46-50 record.

Despite being 4 1/2 games out, it would be hard to take any team with a losing record seriously as a playoff team.

That’s what logic tells us anyway.

With that said, the NL West is a mediocre division at best. Not one team stands out. That’s why the Rockies are contenders in spite of themselves.

It’s on the Rockies to take advantage of the opportunity to win in a division that is weak. They don’t get opportunities like that often. It’s hard to think this is going to be the case every year. The Giants, Dodgers and Diamondbacks are not going to be mediocre year in and year out.

Shame on the Rockies if they don’t win the division. This season would be a failure if they don’t win it.

The talent is there to win the division.

The Rockies have three good starters that produce quality starts in Jorge De La Rosa, Tyler Chatwood and Jhoulys Chacin. That’s a good foundation to win the division.

They are not in the class of Clayton Kershaw, Matt Harvey and Adam Wainwright, but they are efficient. Efficient can do this season in winning the NL West.

De La Rosa is 9-5 with a 3.21 ERA.  He could have won 12 games if he had run support this season, and if he had 12 wins, he would have been an All-Star.

De La Rosa has been consistent all season when it comes to throwing strikes and putting on a good performance. He makes pitching at Coors Field easy by getting out of jams and getting ahead of the count. He finds a way to get outs when he is in a jam.  He uses all of his pitches to get outs such as fastball, slider and curveball. He knows what he is doing out there.

Chatwood has been a revelation since he was called up in May. He pitched well in eight of his last 10 starts, and that should be enough of a sample size to say he is a legitimate starter.

He averages six innings a start, and his command has been a difference in him being a good starter. He worked on developing his slider to help him throw strikes, and it paid off for him this season in getting guys outs in the majors. He knows how to mix in a slider with a curveball to get hitters out. The 23-year-old starter has finally found the confidence and stuff that turned him into a better pitcher.

After a rough start, Chacin turned his season around by pitching well in his last seven starts. He figured it out after a June 11 start against the Nationals where he threw strikes to get the Nationals out after he gave up a 2-0 lead. Since then, he found a way to throw strikes and not create a big inning. He is working faster, and he knows how to protect leads.

If Juan Nicasio or Drew Pomeranz can get it going, the Rockies are going to be in great shape where they can trot out four good starters every fifth day.

Good starting pitching sets the tone in winning games, and the Rockies have that.

They also have a great bullpen where they can protect leads after the sixth inning. The Rockies expect their starters to go six innings, and after that, they give the ball to Matt Belisle, Rex Brothers and Rafael Betancourt.

Belisle, Brothers and Betancourt have been reliable in protecting leads. They throw strikes, and they throw zeroes when they are on the mound. It’s a good feeling for Rockies manager Walt Weiss to have.

Pitching may have been the Rockies’ bugaboo for a long time, but this is not one of those years. This is actually their strength.

The hitting has been up and down for the Rockies, but the talent is there to win games.

As long as Troy Tulowitzki is healthy, the lineup should be good.  Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez will benefit with the Rockies shortstop being in the lineup as they will see more pitches to hit. That wasn’t the case when the Rockies All-Star was on the disabled list.

Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario have to play better than they have showed. They have done okay, but okay should not be good enough for those two that are capable of being great hitters.

The Rockies are in the top 10 in runs scored as they are ranked 10th in runs scored by scoring 426 runs. Still, they can do better. They have to stop making inferior starters look better than they are as they demonstrated against Chris Capuano last week.

The lineup is good enough to perform. The output can be better. The Rockies are banking Tulowitzki’s return will be the difference.

Not only do the Rockies have talent, but their competitors are not good.

The Diamondbacks leave a lot to be desired with their pitching. Their starters have not pitched well, and their bullpen leads the majors with 19 blown saves.

The Giants have struggled to score runs, and their pitching has been inconsistent.

The Dodgers have played well, but their pitching is a question mark outside of Kershaw.

The Padres are not good enough to win the division. Their pitching is a question mark, and their hitting is nothing to write home about.

When comparing the Rockies to other teams in the division, it would be a shame if they fail to make the playoffs.

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Nicasio must make most of his audition

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

Last night proved Yankees radio announcer John Sterling’s point about how no one can predict baseball.

Not only did the Rockies score runs against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, but they received a great pitching performance from Juan Nicasio last night in their 3-0 victory over the Dodgers.

It was something no one expected. Not even the Rockies thought this would happen if one puts a truth serum on them.

Nicasio was the only one that expected to pitch a great performance.

Obviously, something clicked when he made his two starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs. He figured out how to throw strikes by hitting the corners, and that’s why he knew he was going to pitch well when he made his start against the Dodgers.

Nicasio applied what he learned from the minors in last night’s game. He was ahead of the count, and that helped him avoid being in jams and minimize his pitch count. It was good enough for him to pitch seven innings of shutout baseball while giving up three hits against the Dodgers.

From watching the game, it was like watching a different pitcher.

Nicasio pitched with a purpose, and he gave a good feeling that he was going to put on a great performance after watching him in the third inning.

To say this was his best performance of his career is an understatement.

If nothing else, Nicasio gave the Rockies something to think about.

There’s no question he is going to make his next start with Roy Oswalt being on the 15-day disabled list.

If Nicasio does well in his next three starts, he is going to be in the rotation. There is no question about it.

For all intents and purposes, this is an audition.

The Rockies should hope Nicasio keeps this up. He is an upgrade over Oswalt and Drew Pomeranz.

The Rockies thought Oswalt would make the starting rotation better, but that hasn’t been the case. He is 0-4 with a 7.64 ERA in four starts. He gave up 29 hits, and he has only gone past the fifth inning only once. He basically has nothing when he is pitching on the mound.

It is hard to be optimistic about Oswalt pitching well when he hasn’t showed he could.

It was too much to ask for Oswalt to do well. He is not the pitcher he was in his prime during his Astros days. His fastball has no bite anymore, and he has been hittable. He has been on a decline for the last two years.

The Rockies can’t trot Oswalt as they move forward.

Pomeranz has been underwhelming in his three starts since he was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs. He is 0-3, and he has given up 12 runs and 19 hits. He continues to display command problems on the mound. He has not gone past the fourth inning at all.

He is so bad that Nicasio is an upgrade over him. That speaks volumes when one realizes Nicasio has not been good prior to last night’s start.

Fortunately for Pomeranz, the Rockies will have him start, so that they can see if he gets better as the season progresses. They have to find out if he is in their long-term plans.

For Nicasio, he feels he is better than Oswalt and Pomeranz. He should feel that way considering his fastball is much better than anything Oswalt and Pomeranz throw.

One thing about Nicasio is he will battle. He has the moxie to get out of jams when he has to.  What he has to do is find a way to go deep in games. That has been his problem as he is done once the fifth inning starts.

Last night should be encouraging for Nicasio. He can build from this performance. Pitching is all about confidence, so if he continues to apply what he did in the minors, he is going to be in good shape.

If he reinvents himself, the Rockies have another reliable starter.

The Rockies are going to have a hard time getting a starter in the trade market. They have nothing to offer from their farm system, and they are not willing to pick up a salary of an expensive pitcher.

That’s why the Rockies are hoping for Nicasio to finally figure it out. That’s why they hope last night is a start of something good.

If Tyler Chatwood, Jhoulys Chacin and Nicasio continue to throw quality starts, the Rockies have themselves a legitimate starting rotation with Jorge De La Rosa being a sure thing. That would be good enough to help them be a factor in the mediocre NL West race.

This is why what Nicasio did last night has the Rockies feeling giddy. But he has to show he can sustain this.

Throwing a quality start is nice, but it’s going to mean nothing if he can’t do it several times.

Nicasio is getting a second chance to show he should stay in the starting rotation. He knows he has to make the most of it with the idea he can stick around.

Time will tell if last night was a harbinger of what he can do.

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Now’s no time for Rockies to give in

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

The Rockies have five more games to play until the All-Star break.

The break couldn’t come soon enough for them based on the way they have played the last few weeks.

The grind has gotten the best out of them as they are not playing with an edge that we are used to seeing. They are making mental mistakes that they have not done in the first three months of the season. The pitching has not been great, either.

It adds up to the Rockies being 43-48. Their bad play has had an effect in the standings as they are 4 1/2 games out of first place.

The Rockies have had a rough go of it playing without Troy Tulowitzki, who is on the disabled list. They haven’t hit well, and they haven’t pitched well, either.

It does not mean all is lost for the Rockies. The NL West is mediocre, so they are going to be in this race.

It’s up to them to be in this position. That means they can’t finish the pre-All-Star break trending downward. That means they can’t enter the break with the idea this is a lost cause.

The next few days are going to be crucial for this team. There has to be hope.

The Rockies have to show they have it in them to handle adversity. They have done a good job of it for the most part so far, but now is the true test.

They have to find ways to win games and get that confidence back. They have to execute better. If they can do that, they should be okay.

It’s easier said than done, though.

That’s where they have to dig deep. This is where they need to grind out good at-bats. This is where they have to get good pitching. They have to do everything that wins games from now until Sunday.

The goal is to get to .500 by the All-Star break. It’s feasible by winning five in a row.  If they can do that, they are in good shape heading to the break.

Anything can happen in the NL West. From handicapping the NL West teams, there is no team that is going to dominate the division from now until September.

The Dodgers are the hot team right now, but that’s what they are. It remains to be seen if their pitching is good enough to propel them to the playoffs.

The Diamondbacks have good young talent, but their pitching is nothing special. Their bullpen has blown 19 saves, and their starting pitching has been medicore at best.

One would think the Giants would get hot, but they haven’t gone on a tear. They haven’t hit well, and their pitching has been inconsistent.

The Padres are a young team that will go through ups and downs. It’s hard to think they are good enough to win the division this year.

The Rockies have a chance. They have the offense to win games, and they have three good pitchers that give them a chance to win in Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Chatwood. Their bullpen is good enough to protect leads. They showed they have the talent to win games earlier in the year.

This team was good enough to be a .500 team if the team can avoid having injuries.

Being .500 is good enough to win a lousy division this year. It would be a shame if the Rockies blew that opportunity. It’s hard to make the playoffs every year, so it would behoove them if they don’t make it in a year that is feasible to qualify.

One thing going for the Rockies is Tulowitzki is going to be back after the post-All-Star break.

That is huge for so many reasons. He makes the offense better, and he is a great fielder. He brings intangibles to a team such as having a mean streak, leading by example and making others better with the lineup.

The Rockies clearly missed him while he was on the disabled list. It showed by their lousy offense. It also showed when they went 8-16 without him. It’s not an accident how valuable he is when the team has gone 123-161 without him.

Tulowitzki would give this team a huge boost if he comes back. The important thing is he has to somehow be healthy the rest of the season. That won’t be easy when one realizes he is always injury-prone.

It’s hard to count the Rockies out when he is coming soon.

This is why the Rockies can’t give up now. They have to find a way to win some games from now until Sunday.

With Tulowitzki doing all he can to play next week, this should inspire the Rockies to somehow toughen up and get wins.

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Rockies must trade for Nolasco to contend

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

The Rockies can’t be delusional to think their starting rotation is good enough for them to qualify for the playoffs.

They don’t have a starter that can dominate every fifth day, and they don’t have a starter that will go seven innings a start.

What they need to do is acquire an ace this summer if the Rockies want to be a playoff team.

To expect Tyler Chatwood, Roy Oswalt and Drew Pomeranz to be an upgrade is too much to ask. They are pitchers that last five or six innings, and that’s it.

The Rockies need to find someone that is better, and that would be acquiring either Cliff Lee, Matt Garza or Ricky Nolasco.

Lee is going to be tough to get. The Phillies would ask for a ransom, and they are not in a rush to trade him since he is a free agent after the 2015 season. They can trade him in the offseason or next summer’s trade deadline.

Getting Garza or Nolasco is feasible since they are free agents at the end of the year, so there won’t be a ransom for either of them.

Nolasco would be the best option for the Rockies.

He can be counted on for quality starts. He has a better command when he is out on the mound. He goes seven innings when he is out there.

He is everything that a Rockie starter aspires to be.

He is the type of starter that knows he can win every fifth day. It’s that type of mindset that can make a difference in the Rockies’ rotation.

They should do whatever it takes to get him.

If Pomeranz is what the Marlins want for Nolasco, that deal should be made now.

As good as Pomeranz is, it remains to be seen if he has the mindset to pitch in the altitude. He certainly has the stuff, but one wonders if he can trust his stuff to pitch.

When he started last year, he was thinking too much, and he was nibbling rather than attacking the strike zone.

He hasn’t made progress the Rockies thought he would in spring training.

It’s interesting the Rockies are hesitant to call him up despite pitching well at Triple-A Colorado Springs. That speaks volumes.

If the Rockies don’t think he is a fit for them, there’s no reason to have him on the roster.

Maybe the Marlins feel Pomeranz can do well by getting out of Colorado. That’s why it would not hurt to ask them if their young starter is enough to get Nolasco.

Pomeranz certainly has the talent. He is young, and he can get better as he gets older. It would be a good risk to take for the Marlins.

Now, odds are good Nolasco would not resign with the Rockies as a free agent next year if he is acquired. He is going to want to be overpaid, and he wants to pitch for a World Series contender. The Rockies don’t fit that criteria for him.

So what?

The Rockies need to go for it here. Anytime a team has an opportunity to make the playoffs, they should go for it. It’s hard to get opportunities like that every year.

Once a team makes the playoffs, they have a shot to go to the World Series. The Rockies demonstrated that in 2007. Maybe if they get there this year, they can finish the deal by winning the Fall Classic.

That’s why there has to be a sense of urgency to get an ace.

By getting Nolasco, the Rockies would send a message to their players that they are going for it. That approach can fire the players up, and that would put pressure on them to play well. It’s something they would embrace.

By getting Nolasco, the Rockies would send a message to fans that they are about winning rather than settling for less.

With Todd Helton being in his last year, how about sending him off as a champion by getting an ace? It would be a nice sentimental reason to make a move.

By saying the Rockies think Chatwood and Oswalt can do well, they are hoping rather than feel good about their starters doing well. It’s no different than hoping Jon Garland can be an upgrade, and we all know that did not turn out well.

Rather than going for prospects and hoping for the best with projects, they should go for a proven starter that knows what he is doing.

It’s the best move the Rockies can do.

It has been a long time the Rockies made a big move.

The timing is right to do something.

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