Colorado Rockies: What will their bullpen look like now?
The closer: Alex Colomé
We don’t definitively know that Alex Colomé will be the Rockies closer … but he’ll almost certainly be the Rockies closer. Why? He has the most closing experience of anyone in the bullpen.
Colomé was the Twins’ primary closer in 2021 as he led the team with 17 saves (they had 42 total but two others had nine or more saves as well). He spent the 2020 season with the White Sox and he notched 12 of their 13 saves. He had 30 of their 33 saves in 2019, 12 saves between Tampa Bay and Seattle in 2018, and he led the majors in saves in 2017 with 47.
On top of that, he has been the most consistent reliever in his MLB career over anyone else in the Rockies bullpen. So it would be an absolute stunner (or an injury) for him not to be their closer.
Overall, the bullpen is in much better shape than it was this time last year. The signing of Alex Colomé helped but the Rockies have to have more consistency back there.
The bullpen was pretty good in the final few months of the season and it’s part of the reason why the Rockies went 55-53 in their final 108 games of the season. From August 1 through the end of the season , the Rockies bullpen ERA was 4.17, or 16th in baseball. Their 3.98 FIP was 13th and their 2.4 fWAR was 8th.
Now, can they actually get it for a full season or not?