At first glance this seems like a just bit too much to ask from the Rockies latest addition, however I did some research looking at both the 2011 seasons as well as the 2012 projections for these two right handed starters, and without citing all the details here – I can tell you the differences in games, innings, ERAs, K/BB%, etc are not as significant as you might expect.
Along with Chacin, Pomeranz, Nicasio and Outman/DLR that starting five is beginning to look pretty good and could even be a pleasant surpise by the middle of the season. So in theory DanO’s plan is to have that new starting rotation and star/prospect/veteran lineup in place by opening day of the 2013 season. If somehow the Rockies should make a run in 2012, it just means that the “new” master plan has come together a little sooner than DanO might have reasonably expected.
It’s almost spring so it’s ok to error on the optimistic side – right?