I have read reports that call Brandon Webb another over the hill pitcher for the Rockies. Last year the Rockies had a 49 year old pitcher, Jamie Moyer pitch for 2 months and get two wins. Need I remind everyone that Webb is only 33 years old! How is that over the hill? If Webb is healthy, every single Rockies fan should get excited about the prospect of having him on the roster. He has a career record of 87-62 3.27 ERA. He pitched all those years in the D-Backs in the NL West Division in which made several visits a year at Coors Field. He can no longer blow batters away, but if his sinker ball keeps the ball on the ground, it will greatly keep the ball out of the outfield bleachers. In a career total of 5515 plate attempts, Webb has only served up 92 Home Runs. Pitchers like Jeff Francis and Aaron Cook were able to have many good years due to the fact that they knew how to pitch at Coors. Sure they may have an ERA near 5, but they could pitch 7 innings. Last year the Rockies had pitchers who gave up 5 runs in 2 innings of work. I would call the Rockies having a team ERA near 5 a good season because I know their offense can put up some big numbers.
Here are some big stats to think about:
- 56 of his career 92 Home Runs came with no men on base. How many times did we see last year two or three on base and a home run hit? Webb has a knack from keeping the score from jumping so fast with the long ball.
- 14 Career games pitched at Coors Field. 5-5 Record 4.00 ERA 83 Innings Pitched 7 Home Runs. This is not hugely great, but last year many of the Rockies pitchers went 1-8 8.00 ERA at Coors Field. This is a huge improvement. Other than in Arizona, Coors Field is the second most places he has pitched, so he has knowledge here.
- Brandon Webb has a name for himself, he is feared, and a CY Young winner.
- If healthy, he can easily pitch 200+ innings, which is a huge boost from last years disaster.
My realistic goals for the Rockies pitching staff this year is to have two pitchers who can get near 200 innings, one who gets 150, and two with 100. With that saying I would, if Webb was added I would expect this sort of pitching rotation.
- Jorge DeLaRosa 8-10 4.25 ERA 150 innings since he is coming off injury
- Brandon Webb 10-10 4.00 ERA 200 innings but also had not pitched since 2009
- Drew Pomeranz 10-8 4.15 ERA 150 innings. I think he will have a break out year.
- Jeff Francis 10-10 4.50 ERA 200 innings. Francis is a work horse!
- Jhoulys Chacin 8-6 4.25 ERA 100 innings
- Christian Friedrich 5-5 4.50 ERA 75 innings He could excel at long relief or spot start
Last years starters had a record of 28-66, TERRIBLE. So I would take a 51-49 starter record any day over last years mess!
Rockies fans need to remember, last year the team threw out arms from Tulsa and Colorado Springs almost every night, and the one thing that the pitchers learned over the year went by was to suck it up, drive on. Yes the Rockies had a near 100 loss season, but towards the end of the year when the pitchers should be hanging their heads with a team ERA at 6, they were getting better! Do I think the 2013 Rockies will make the playoffs? Relisticly, no. On the flip side, who would have guessed the A's last year to beat the Rangers and Angels for the west? That is what makes baseball and sports in general so great, there will always be that feel good team that pushes themselves all year that goes under the radar. Lets not forget all the bad years before the Rockies made the magical run into the 2007 World Series.
I look forward to watching the Rockes hopefully turn a few heads in 2013, and hope they can land Webb!