Estes Happy in New Home

Shawn Estes has enjoyed a quick start to the season.<BR><BR> He isn't, however, about to argue with the Rockies' decision to go with a four-man rotation.

"I'm one of those guys who doesn't mind change," said Estes. "Right now, our offense is what's giving us a chance."

What the Rockies want to find is a starting rotation that can take advantage of that chance on the days that Estes and Joe Kennedy aren't pitching.

In the just-completed 12-game homestand, the Rockies won the six games that Estes and Kennedy started and lost the six other games.

Eleven of the Rockies' first 13 losses have come in games where the Rockies have scored four or more runs, including five of the six losses on the road.

Jason Jennings, Scott Elarton and Jeff Fassero combined to give up 39 earned runs in 30 1/3 innings of six starts on the homestand, going 0-5.

"The focus should be on us," said Estes. "That's how any team wins games. We have the defense and we have the offense. And we know our starting pitching is going to get better. We're on the path now."

How long the Rockies remain in a four-man rotation will be determined by how well the quartet responds and also by whether the Rockies start to find some options to fill rotation holes.

There is reason to think some options could develop.

The Rockies are interested in signing Kevin Jarvis once he clears waivers and is released by Seattle, although he'll initially have to go to Triple-A Colorado Springs to stretch out. Adam Bernero, on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness, is about to go on a rehab assignment. Denny Stark showed hope by allowing one walk and one run in six innings of his Friday (April 30) start at Colorado Springs. And the Rockies are monitoring the consistency of command for Aaron Cook and developing arm strength of Brian Tollberg at Colorado Springs.

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