Rockies pitchers happy to put 75-pitch count limit behind them

After years of talks and crunching numbers, the Rockies attempted the four-man experiment because their free-fall by June made it a plausible path. It wasn’t so much a failure — the Rockies’ starters numbers improved slightly — as a model impossible to sustain for the season’s first five months.

An army of arms in Colorado Springs — all with minor-league options — would be necessary to make it work. Even future Hall of Famer Tony La Russa, who set a record for bullpen moves in the last World Series, said he didn’t see how a four-man staff on a 75-pitch count could be pulled off long-term.

The idea was to force starters to become more efficient, to understand the value of pitching to contact. Instead, they became prisoners of the pitch count.

Read Troy Renck’s Denver Post story.

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