On Friday, however, the Rockies, who decided to use a four-man starting rotation in late June, said they will continue to use the traditional five-man rotation next year. Friday's announcement that the Rockies are planning to use a five-man rotation in 2013 was a meaningful one, given the team's well-documented experimentation with the four-man approach for much of 2012. With the return of Jhoulys Chacin from the disabled list last month, the Rockies reverted to using a five-man rotation, saying in part it was because Chacin had been on the disabled list since May 1, and Drew Pomeranz was suffering from some soreness. But, in reality, Colorado has been in a five-man setup for much of the past month, in particular since the return of Joulys Chacin in late August. Part of the Rockies decision to experiment with the four-man during the season was the fact their top three starters were on the disabled list. For players and coaches, then, the most important part of the announcement was not necessarily the number of pitchers used, but rather the number of pitches: Rockies Assistant GM Bill Geivett said next year's starters will have between 75 and 90-100 pitches to work with, rather than the 75 they've been held to for much of this season. "We were going to do what they told us to do, but it's nice to know you have the four-days' rest between starts and they're going to allow us maybe a few more pitches here and there when we deserve them," starter Alex White said.
Pitch count a big part of Rockies' 2013 rotation plan
Friday's announcement that the Rockies are planning to use a five-man rotation in 2013 was a meaningful one, given the team's well-documented experimentation with the four-man approach for much of 2012.