Starting Rotation Announced!

Moyer has not only made the starting rotation, he will be in the Number 2 spot. Drew Pomeranz has also been added to the rotation as the fifth starter, but will be skipped, making his first start on April 15th against Arizona. Jhoulys Chacin, once thought to be the opening day starter before Guthrie was picked up, will take the mound in the fourth spot, possibly because of his struggles during Spring Training.

The reason for pushing Pomeranz back according to Renck:

Pushing Pomeranz back serves two purposes: it conserves innings for the rookie, who will be capped roughly at 170, and frees the Rockies to slot Moyer between opening day starter Jeremy Guthrie and Juan Nicasio

The Cowboy also tweeted another reason for him being pushed back:

Rocks opt Drew Pomeranz. Will return for Apr 15 start vs. Ariz. Allows Rockies to consider opening season with Jonathan Herrera and EY Jr.

The rotation looks like this:

Jeremy Guthrie
Jamie Moyer
Juan Nicasio
Jhoulys Chacin
Drew Pomeranz

The team also officially named four transactions as follows:

SCOTTSDALE – The Colorado Rockies announced four transactions today. The Players involved in today’s transactions are listed below. Players with stars next to their names are on the 40-man roster and have been optioned. All others were non-roster invitees to Major League camp and have been reassigned.

Right-handed pitchers (1): Guillermo Moscoso*
Left-handed pitchers (1): Drew Pomeranz*
Catcher (1): Wilkin Castillo
Outfielder (1): Andrew Brown

Pomeranz will remain in Major League camp throughout the remainder of Spring. He was named to the Rockies starting rotation, though he is scheduled to make his first start of the 2012 season on April 15 vs. Arizona.

The Rockies have 35 players (including Pomeranz) on the Major League Spring Training roster, including four non-roster players. The Rockies currently have 37 players on the 40-man roster.

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egossage
egossage
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Nice! The first game I’m going to this year is the 15th so I’ll get to see The Pominator’s first start. I’ll be the one with the sign that says, “Ubaldo Who?”

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Moscoso optioned despite excellent traditional stats last year: 3.38 ERA in 128 innings. What does this tell me? The battle is over and the saber/stats team has won. Moscoso was pretty bad on more sophisticated stats: fielding independent ERA, correcting for expected HR rate (xFIP) of 5.02. Even a few years ago clubs would’ve said a 3.38 ERA starter is a very valuable commodity. Now, everyone knows better. Interesting skipping Pomeranz. I know they want to begin the innings limitation… Read more »

egossage
egossage
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

^ Like

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

I like starting Moyer on the road. I do not like starting Chacin at home. I would have gone:
Guthrie, Moyer, Chacin, Nicasio, Pomeranz

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

I thought Moscoso was out of options.

Greg Stanwood
Greg Stanwood
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

You likely forgot to check his eligibility for the bonus. Moscos did not have enough full professional seasons as detailed in the CBA to be disqualified for the bonus fourth.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Wow. Dr Rockies and I were talking about who would start where in the rotation. Steve, good call. Moyer and Pomeranz in the wrong places but not bad.

If you watched the game tonight then you also now know that Fowler could be batting .000 and he will still be the starting center fielder.

Ian
Ian
8 years ago

The movement to move Chacin out of Colorado has begun. Hopefully the Monforts will broom O’Dowd and Tracy out before they can get rid of him.

What kind of an organization treats 2 or their 3 best pitchers like dog crap to the point where one hates you and wants to leave and I’m pretty sure the other is on that same highway within one year’s time? It’s lunacy.

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Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Ok Ian, I’ll bite. How is Chacin being treated like crap? Chacin starting 4th in the rotation doesn’t mean he is the #4 guy. The numbers don’t mean the same today as back in the day. Joe Torre gave a great interview covering this very subject back when he started Vincent Padilla on opening day. Things to consider 1) opening on the road against Houston 2) opening home stand against the Giants 3) there is an off day in the… Read more »

Chris
Chris
8 years ago

How long until we see the next group getting called up? Can Moyer last a full season? Am wondering what the starting rotation looks like by the all star break?

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Spread out over 162 game season how many times does your #1 face their #1? I don’t think its significantly higher than the 20% that simple arithmetic would suggest.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

I have no problem with how the rotation’s set up. It makes sense. Guthrie was the given #1 starter since they traded for him and Chacin gets the honor of making the start on Opening Day at Coors. If Guthrie eats innings on Friday then the bullpen may well go 4 innings on Saturday. Chris wants to know what the rotation will look like at the All-Star break. Hopefully by then it will include De La Rosa which should make… Read more »

lwesche
lwesche
8 years ago

Regarding Cuddyer. You could hear the ball hit his hand, and he went to locker room immediately. He gave us in right field a thumbs up. An article quotes Tracy as saying Cuddyer asked to be in Saturday lineup but he decided to rest him today, no x-rays needed.

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago
Reply to  lwesche

Well, gang, I’m a happy camper now. I leave for Brazil next weekend. I worked it out so that I will be laying over on Friday night in Houston and I just bought tickets 9 rows off the field just past the first base dugout. I’ll get to watch the Saturday game from the United Club in Chicago between flights. I can watch the Sunday game from my hotel room in Sao Paula. Love modern technology!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in WV

Im going to be at the Rockies season opener as well. I’m in row &&&seven field level along first base line a little way past first base a little bit into OF grass.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Bob in WV, good planning! I’m guessing opening day in Houston is a little less in demand than opening day around here. Enjoy the trip. I do have to agree about Chacin getting jerked around. Bumping him to 4th in the rotation means he misses out on the Astros (far and away the worst team in baseball) on the road. I don’t know what O’Dowd is so miffed about, but O’Dowd (and Tracy for that matter, and Hurdle before him)… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, I’m having a hard time figuring out exactly what your point is.

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

did you just seriously call my beloved Johnny “Sparkplug” Herrera the “Worst Starting Second Basemen in Baseball”???

DON’T MAKE ME PULL OUT THE STATS 🙂

It’s bad enough you might think he is singularly bad, but calling him a “Basemen” implies you think he is plurally bad, as in worse than multiple players at 2nd!!!

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Ag, it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks or says about Fowler on here or any other site. The other night JT stated that he could be batting .000 and he WILL be the starting center fielder.

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago

Hey, Rocky Mountain High, you’re going to the first game in Houston? I’ll be in Section 128, Row 9 and wearing a purple Rockies golf shirt and a Rockies official batting practice hat from a few years ago. By your description, you may be two rows in front of me. Hope to meet you there.

rockymountainhigh
Admin
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in WV

Yes it’s the game Friday we will be at. I’m in section 131 row 7 seat 12 or 9. Will be wearing the Tulo jersey with the World Series patch and black CR cap with World Series patch as well.

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago

I will definitely find you. Can I buy you a beer?

rockymountainhigh
Admin
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

Ok will see you Friday! I put your seat location on my cell phone notebook so I know where to find you. Maybe our uniforms together will catch ROOT cameras and we can say hello to RWOers.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Cisco, here’s my point. Every other manager in baseball does the obvious thing in setting his rotation. And that’s because it’s, well, kind of obviously the smart thing to do: My ace pitches opening day My second best starter pitches the next game My third best starter pitches the third game My fourth best starter pitches the fourth game And if there’s a built-in “rain-out” day off, I skip my 5th starter until the second time around. Sometimes a manager… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, have you ever attended a minor league game in spring training? It’s about as laid back as you can get. I attended a couple over the weekend and I thought I was in a church because everyone spoke in hushed whispers. I doubt DP will throw more than 50 pitches when he goes out there on Tues. To say the Rox are wasting some of his innings on a minor league game is a bit far fetched. This will… Read more »

Ian
Ian
8 years ago

Mike, thanks for biting. Giving Chacon the home opener, but fourth spot in the rotation is like telling the crappy kid hitting 8th on your little league team “your hitting second clean up”. Its BS. Last year this guy was supposedly your next ace. Now he sucks because O’Dunce erroneously thought he was out of shape. I like the Rockies, but I don’t think we can reach the next level until we get a new baseball ops group in the… Read more »

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