"“Our starting pitchers have done pretty good. They’ve kept us in a position to win the game and that’s all we ask. There are going to be stretches during the season where we’re going to need the starters to pick it up and the relievers to pick it up. There are going to be games where we are going to need the offense. There are going to be game where we win 2-1 or 1-0. There are going to be games where we’re going to need the offense to pick us up and win 8-7 or 10-9 or whatever it is.”"
Facts Behind the Quote: So far, it’s been the bullpen riding in for the rescue as the offense has yet to produce a blowout win in the season’s early stretches.
Dunn was asked about Colorado’s starting pitchers, hence the reason for this quote. He’s right. Despite some shaky outings by Gray, Tyler Anderson and Tyler Chatwood, three pitchers who were on the mound for the Rockies last season, the rotation has been overall solid. Freeland and Senzatela have surprised in their first four collective starts (although Freeland was roughed up early by the Padres on Thursday) and the bullpen has been clutch when needed.
If the Rockies can keep the pitching humming along and have the offense start producing at Colorado-like standards, it could become an interesting healthy competition of “who’s saving who” in the Rockies clubhouse. Will the offense be the headline-grabber or will pitching continue to be the surprise star of the season? Time will tell.