Quote Number 2: This is Davis talking about the Colorado bullpen as a unit
“As a whole group, it seems like it’s a group that fits well. I don’t think we’ll have any problem taking care of business and helping the team win some ball games.”
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Of course, you want your closer to have confidence. However, last season was the first one in quite some time where Rockies fans actually had confidence in their bullpen to finish the job. This year, they will put their faith in a somewhat new cast of characters. However, it is a cast that has some similar backgrounds and knowledge of each other.
As we discussed, Davis knows McGee from his time in the Tampa Bay organization when the two were in the minors together. He also said on the call that he knows Adam Ottavino from his minor league days. He mentioned that he has seen Bryan Shaw pitch quite a bit during his American League Central days. There is a familiarity there and a confidence that Davis has with his fellow bullpen mates.
He also worked alongside current Colorado pitching coach Steve Foster during his days with the Royals so there is another level of confidence there.
Sure, there will be some hiccups along the way. Every closer has them. However, it’s clear that Davis is bringing a load of confidence into Denver. If you still don’t believe me, just wait until you see the next quote.