The Rockies back-end of the bullpen
Think for a moment one calendar year ago: Did you think that we’d be talking about the Rockies two set-up men and closer would be Yency Almonte, Mychal Givens, and Daniel Bard? And that team would be at .500 and have a hold on first wild card spot in the NL in September? I don’t think so.
Obviously, a lot has changed with the Rockies, in baseball, and in the world in the last calendar year but it’s pretty amazing if you think about it.
Almonte continued his great season on Sunday with yet another 1-2-3 inning, retiring the first three batters in the Dodgers lineup and he only needed 11 pitches to do it. With that, he has not allowed a batter to reach base in four straight appearances (five innings). His ERA is now 3.05 but his ERA in his last 10 appearances (11 innings): 1.64.
Mychal Givens came on in the 8th and only allowed a one-out single to AJ Pollock but Pollock was later caught stealing second base to end the inning after replay overturned Pollock being called safe at second.
Daniel Bard made it interesting in the end as he walked two batters after retiring the first two in the inning but he retired Corey Seager on a groundout to end the game. He needed 26 pitches to do it, though. Including last night, he has walked four batters in his last five innings of work.