Before Thursdays game the team announced that the Rockies would return to the 5 man rotation adding Jhoulys Chacin to the mix. It was also announced that this doesn’t mean that the 75 pitch count would be lifted. On the contrary, according to Jim Tracy’s pre-game comments, it is believed that keeping the starting pitchers to 75 pitches makes them more efficient.
What’s abnormal about it? We just had a guy [Chacin] go out there the other day and complete six innings, and of the pitches that he threw, 51 of the 73 were strikes. In my opinion, that’s quality Major League pitching. Being average is not something that I’m real interested in, and I’m not interested in it for this organization either. In order to not be average you have to have a group of pitchers who go out there and understand what quality Major League pitching is all about. That’s the message we’re trying to instill here. If they go out there and do it right, they can pitch deep. I can promise you that.