Colorado Rockies: Is the bullpen being over-hyped?

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 30: Wade Davis
MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 30: Wade Davis /

First, I talked about what it really meant when the Colorado Rockies signed Wade Davis. Then I went on to question had the Rockies focused too much on pitching. Now here we are, once again I’m going to talk about something that’s been occupying everyone since December . That’s the exact reason as to why I’m wondering if the bullpen is over-hyped.

I’ll just get this out of the way and say; in no way, shape, or form is this bullpen mediocre or average. The Rockies are looking at a gold mine. Perhaps, though, maybe these guys are being put on a very high pedestal. Colorado made the needed moves to answer the offseason question they had. This is what most teams do during the offseason, so why exactly is it being compared to an odd phenomenon?

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After news broke back in December of last year that the Rockies had signed Bryan Shaw and Wade Davis, fans were ecstatic. I mean who wouldn’t be?

The front office had tackled what they believed was a big problem going into 2018. It’s great, but look at it at face value, two veteran arms that have shutdown innings. Now I know you’re wondering ‘what’s wrong with this?’

Well, the Rockies had a good bullpen in the first place. The most slept on guy is Chris Rusin. Essentially, he seems to be so overlooked in the bullpen. It doesn’t help his case now that he’ll most likely be overshadowed by these other two guys.

Even my colleague, Mike Macesich, wrote about how he’s been their best bullpen arm for awhile now, and he’s not wrong.

Final Thoughts

Rockies fans across the nation are very happy to see the super bullpen in action. I am too, but I’m not going to over-hype it to the extent of others.

Holding these guys up so high may cause blowback when they underperform. The outcome for that may be bad.

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All in all they’re doing their jobs, but don’t overlook the rest of the toys in the bin for the shiny new ones.