By Jack Etkin
Their rotation was a strength last season, a major reason the Colorado Rockies won 91 games and made it to the postseason as a wild-card team. This year, the rotation has some ragged edges, and one of the Opening Day starters has been demoted to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Last year, the starters' 4.18 ERA was the second lowest in franchise history. Their ERA this season is 5.71.
With a 16-20 record, the Rockies are trying to climb back to .500, the definition of mediocrity, after a franchise-worst 3-12 start. Recent progress, however, has been offset by six losses in the past nine games. The starting rotation has been at the root of the recent slide and in no small part because the starters have yielded home runs at an alarming rate.
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