We mentioned the disappointments of the rotation in the first part of this article. However, several veteran members of the bullpen have certainly had their own issues this season as well.
Let’s start with the very back end of the bullpen and closer Wade Davis. The 33-year-old right-hander finished the first half with a 5.54 ERA and has allowed 28 hits in 26 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .272 against him.
It’s been especially rough since Davis returned from the injured list on June 7. In 11 June games, Davis had a 10.45 ERA and has given up 16 hits in 10.1 innings. He has also struck out just eight while walking six.
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We always hear about home/road splits when it comes to Colorado batters but consider how Davis has struggled at Coors Field versus on the road in 2019.
Home — 16 games, 9.20 ERA, 14.2 innings pitched, 20 hits surrendered
Away — 13 games, 0.79 ERA, 11.1 innings pitched, 8 hits surrendered
If Davis is going to improve in the second half, it has to be on his home diamond.
Seunghwan Oh has a 9.33 ERA and has given up 29 hits in 18.1 innings. The 36-year-old right-hander is currently working his way back from injury and the Rockies are hoping he will return to the form he showed after he was acquired from Toronto just before last season’s trade deadline.
Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee have been first-half surprises for the bullpen, so the news isn’t all bad when it comes to veteran relievers. However, there needs to be more good news from Davis and Oh in the second half for the Colorado bullpen to become efficient and effective.