Originally written June 12, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Rockies' rotation is in tatters. The overall staff ERA is an unsightly 5.31 because of the starters' ineffectiveness. Their ERA is 6.17, which is historically bad. The highest ERA for the Rockies' starters is 6.19 in 1999, Jim Leyland's forgettable one season as the team's manager. That team lost 90 games, topped only by the 95 losses in 1993, the Rockies' initial season. The Rockies will be trying to break a five-game losing streak when they open a series Tuesday against the A's. In the last five games, Rockies starters have pitched four innings or less four times. And the starters' ERA in those five games is 14.64 (19 2/3 innings, 32 earned runs). Left-hander Christian Friedrich was shelled Sunday by the Angels, giving up 10 hits and nine runs, eight earned, in four innings. Yet that's the second-longest outing by a Rockies starter during the current five-game losing streak. Jeremy Guthrie, who will start Tuesday, lasted 3 1/3 inning...
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