Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: 3 things to watch this week
By Kevin Henry
Colorado’s bullpen was the talk of Major League Baseball in the offseason. General manager Jeff Bridich spent a record amount on his bullpen, acquiring Bryan Shaw and Wade Davis while re-signing Jake McGee. Win the back end of the game became the Colorado mantra. However, things haven’t exactly gone according to plan.
As a whole, Colorado’s relievers rank among MLB’s worst, posting a 5.13 ERA (28thin the league) and 1.43 WHIP (tied for 24th). Colorado has a league-worst 6.37 ERA in the seventh inning and only the Kansas City Royals posted a higher ERA in the seventh inning and after than the Rockies, who come in at 4.95.
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The recent Rockies road trip through the National League Central encapsulated the problems the Colorado bullpen has had all season, with the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers combining for three walk-off wins in seven games.
If Colorado’s bullpen can right itself in the Dodgers series and the Rockies starters throw as they have in recent games at Coors Field, Colorado could be in a prime position to gain some games on the Dodgers. If the Rockies bullpen looks like it did last week, that gap in the standings could grow.
Of course, not all is bad with the bullpen. Scott Oberg has surprised and Adam Ottavino has put together an All-Star type of season. Seunghwan Oh has already made a big impact since being acquired at the trade deadline.
Can the Killer O’s be the difference-maker against the Dodgers? We’ll be watching.