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Rockies name Jhoulys Chacin as Opening Day starter

Mar 19, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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First-year manager Walt Weiss announced that Jhoulys Chacin will start on Opening Day for the Rockies.

Around this time last year Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd was publicly questioning Chacin’s offseason conditioning in Venezuela and then in May the right-hander was demoted to Triple-A only to be placed on the disabled list with a chest injury.

Chacin returned to the Rockies’ rotation four months later and finished strong, throwing 44 innings with a 2.84 ERA in nine August and September starts, although his 23/17 K/BB ratio during that time was hardly impressive.

With a 3.62 ERA in 67 career starts Chacin has been one of the most successful Rockies pitchers in recent memory, but his getting the Opening Day assignment after an up-and-down 2012 also speaks to the overall weakness of the current rotation.

  1. jtpercell - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Being the opening day starter for the Rockies isn’t THAT much of an honor. It’s like boasting that you’re the tallest building in Peoria.

  2. spudchukar - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    When Jhoulys Chacin is your opening day starter, you are indicating to your fans that it is going to be a long season. The only remaining question in Colorado is whether they can out duel San Diego for the cellar. This is a franchise that once sported 4 mil attendance numbers. The Rockies fans deserve better than the current management, which continues to stumble and fumble, and waste the talented years that Car-Go and Tulo have to offer.

    • coloradostupid - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      BUT, if you’re longing for a relaxing afternoon or night at he ballpark, the cheap tickets and great seats are appealing. Bring a book, or your knitting – both common sights at Coors. Don’t forget to laugh at the wacky between inning activities! A circus mentality from start to finish! Bravo!

  3. gilbert718 - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM


    • biasedhomer - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Shows how much you follow baseball.

  4. philliesblow - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    I wish the Rockies played the Tigers this season so Jhoulys could pitch to Jhonny.

  5. hushbrother - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    With this roster if the Rockies lose fewer than 100 games they will have overachieved.

  6. huffdaddyco - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Weiss later announced that Edgmer Escalona will relieve Chacin in the 2nd inning on Opening Day.

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