Colorado Rockies: 3 pitching numbers to know from the first 3 games

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JULY 25: Daniel Bard #52 of the Colorado Rockies throws against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at Globe Life Field on July 25, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Colorado Rockies have a day off on Monday before starting a two-game series in Oakland against the A’s. Let’s take a look back at three numbers that stood out from their season-opening road series win over the Texas Rangers.

Let’s start with one of the best stories of the Major League Baseball season so far involving a Colorado Rockies reliever and his road to redemption.

Of course, there was a lot of joy surrounding Daniel Bard’s return to the mound for the first time in 2,646 days and earning his first win since May 29, 2012. However, one of the biggest reasons why Bard was successful in his return was his penchant for throwing strikes.

The first number to know from the weekend is 20.

According to Baseball-Reference.com, Bard was just one of seven Rockies pitchers since the start of the 2017 season to throw 80 percent of his pitches for strikes (minimum 20 pitches). Bard had 20 of his 25 pitches go for strikes against the Rangers. That’s not bad for a player who wasn’t sure if he’d ever return to the mound because of control issues.

Chris Rusin threw 19 of 22 pitches for strikes on August 9, 2017, in a road win against the Cleveland Indians for the best percentage of strikes thrown during that time frame. Also on the list were a couple of recent Rockies cuts in Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee, plus Antonio Senzatela, Scott Oberg, and James Pazos.

And, hey, Bard didn’t even have to worry about finding some tape for his jersey number this time. What a weekend it was.

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