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The bullpen has been a bit shaky … again
Carlos Estevez struggled in 2020 … and he struggled in spring training … and he has struggled to the start the season. He has gone 3 1/3 IP in four appearances for the Rockies thus far and he has allowed four hits, three runs (all earned), and walked three.
Yency Almonte rebounded with a good outing on Thursday but he still struggled in his second and third outings of the season, which is why he still has an ERA of 8.31 (4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 4 ER).
Tyler Kinley, Mychal Givens, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Ben Bowden, and Jhoulys Chacin all have ERAs of 5.40 or higher, with Bowden’s being at 15.43.
Obviously, it’s very small sample sizes for all of them but considering how poor the bullpen was in 2020, that’s not a good sign going forward.
Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon are off to slow starts
Trevor Story snapped an 0-for-14 stretch on Thursday when he doubled in the first inning. He had one more hit and two RBI in the game on Thursday so hopefully, it will be a start for him for hitting like Trevor Story.
Even with the two hits, he’s still only hitting .226 to start the season.
Charlie Blackmon also had two hits and two RBI on Thursday but even with that, he is still only hitting .174 to start the season. But, like with Story, you have to start somewhere so maybe, for each of them, their play on Thursday will show that they are just starting to heat up.
The Rockies will start their first road trip of the season this afternoon as they take on the San Francisco Giants in their home opener. First pitch is slated to be at 2:35 PM M.T. Austin Gomber will toe the slab for the Rockies and Johnny Cueto will oppose him for the Giants.