New era at Coors

The Colorado Rockies rank sixth in the National League in earned run average and have the exact same ERA (4.29) as the defending champion Chicago White Sox.

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If anything is a given in Denver, it's lousy pitching. In their first 13 seasons, the Rockies ranked last in the league in ERA 10 times and next to last the other three years. Joe Kennedy is the only Colorado starter to pitch an entire season and finish with an ERA below 4.00, and the list of single-season franchise leaders includes such names as Kevin Ritz, David Nied and Marvin Freeman.