Who is Colorado’s closer?
After setting the team record for saves last season, Wade Davis was supposed to be the guy. He has the track record (and the contract) to make you think he had the job locked down … but that hasn’t exactly been the case.
Davis lost his job to Scott Oberg, who had been the best Rockies reliever this season by far (and maybe even the best pitcher overall). Oberg did great in the role … until he came down with blood clots in his arm and had to have season-ending surgery.
Carlos Estevez and Jairo Diaz would seem to be the two most likely options, though neither has been exceptional this year. It was Diaz who was given the chance to close out a 1-0 game against Atlanta on Monday – an opportunity that he promptly blew.
Most likely Oberg will be given the chance to reclaim the role starting next season. However, if either Diaz or Estevez can impress, they could work their way into the conversation. There is also the chance that Davis can recapture some of his past magic. His underlying numbers do suggest that he’s maybe been a bit unlucky, and his extreme home/road splits couldn’t continue, right? Right?