Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black has emphasized two changes for his pitching staff this season:
. A common theory is that it's tough to throw and effective curveball in the dry air at elevation. Black seems to think, if you can throw a good one at sea level you can do the same at Coors Field. Last year's staff threw the second lowest percentage of curveballs in MLB. As for the walks, Colorado was tied for the fifth-most in the league at 547.
"It's been one of the things we really bought into," Colorado left-hander Harrison Musgrave said. "You can't defend a walk, as elementary as it sounds. But it's true. With a defense like ours behind you, let batters put the ball in play."
"My philosophy is this," first-year Rockies manager Bud Black said Thursday. "If you have a good curveball — and Chatwood, for instance, has a good curveball, he imparts great spin on the ball — it can be effective in Colorado. I don't see why that can't happen. You have to throw it properly, but you have to throw it properly anywhere."