Colorado Rockies podcast: How to solve the bullpen’s current struggles

DENVER, CO - JUNE 02: Bryan Shaw #29 of the Colorado Rockies hangs his head in the dugout after being pulled after pitching 1/3 inning and allowing 3 runs in the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on June 2, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 02: Bryan Shaw #29 of the Colorado Rockies hangs his head in the dugout after being pulled after pitching 1/3 inning and allowing 3 runs in the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on June 2, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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After the Colorado Rockies bullpen had another disastrous outing on Saturday night in a 12-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jake Shapiro of Rox Pile took to the airwaves to offer a solution.

In the latest episode of the Rockie Road podcast, Shapiro offers an alternative to some of the recent bullpen struggles by bringing in reinforcements from Triple-A. Yes, Shapiro believes the Rockies don’t need to look outside of their organization when Jeff Hoffman and Antonio Senzatela are available in Albuquerque.

Senzatela, who has worked as both a reliever and starter for the Rockies over the last two seasons, could come in and give a couple of strong innings when needed, Shapiro believes. He and Hoffman could also be converted back to starter if the situation arose.

Some have even said that Jon Gray might be a fit in the bullpen if his struggles were to continue. Shapiro touches on that notion as well.

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Additionally, Shapiro discusses how the Rockies are built this season to win more away from Coors Field than they are at 20thand Blake. When the offense is built to win 3-2 or 4-3 games, the Colorado bullpen has to perform … and it simply hasn’t lately. Part of that comes from Adam Ottavino, Colorado’s most consistent reliever this season, currently on the disabled list. Part comes from several Colorado relievers struggling at the same time right now.

Also, Colorado heads into Sunday’s series finale against the Dodgers with a 4-4 record on their current nine-game homestand. Facing the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants before the Dodgers, more was expected out of the homestand … but the Rockies have yet to produce in that regard.

Shapiro also discusses how the Rockies are currently “cycling” rather than building momentum. He also begins the podcast discussing how David Dahl’s injury is worse perhaps for Dahl than it is for the Rockies.

To listen to the podcast, please click here.

Don’t forget, you can always interact with the podcast by commenting on these podcasts posts, contacting Jake Shapiro on Twitter @Shapalicous or Rox Pile @RoxPileFS, or sending an email to the podcast host at RockieRoadPodcast@gmail.com.

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