The Colorado Rockies have had a problem closing out games since the All-Star break. Is it time to panic or time to take a deep breath and know that this too shall pass?
Wade Davis has blown two consecutive save opportunities for the Colorado Rockies and his ERA now sits at 5.09 for the season, including a 12.27 ERA in eight appearances since the All-Star break. Despite all of that, Jake Shapiro says on the latest Rockie Road podcast that the Rockies will still need Davis in order to make the playoffs.
It’s a similar situation to what happened with the Rockies and Greg Holland last season in the second half. Holland’s late struggles are reportedly one of the reasons why the Rockies chose to go with Davis in the offseason as their closer. Could we be seeing a repeat of what happened last season with Holland this season with Davis? It’s a scary thought, knowing the Rockies and Davis will be together for two more seasons under the terms of their offseason contract.
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Shapiro also talks about the advantages of having Tom Murphy behind the plate. Is it time for the Rockies to decide on playing one catcher and putting their future behind the dish in Murphy’s hands?
With the Rockies having completed 110 games, certainly every game is important for the rest of the pennant race. Shapiro also talks about how the Rockies acquired Seunghwan Oh at the trade deadline from the Toronto Blue Jays and signed Matt Holliday to a minor league deal but did little else at the deadline. Will those actions come back to haunt them as the Dodgers and Diamondbacks both got stronger with moves at the deadline?
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