Sunday 4X4: Easy as 1-2-3
The Rockies made a major investment in the back of their bullpen during the off-season. They signed three-year contracts worth a total of $106 million for closer Wade Davis, and setup relievers, lefty Jake McGee and right-hander Bryan Shaw. The idea was to maintain late-inning strength and the plan was as perfect as 1-2-3 in Saturday's 2-1 victory at Arizona.
Shaw worked the seventh, allowing a single. McGee, in the eighth, and Davis, in the ninth, worked 1--2-3 innings.
The Rockies hit seven home runs in the first three games of the season -- and no they weren't at Coors Field. They led the NL in home runs hit through Saturday,
The Rockies 2-1 victory on Saturday was their second one-run decision of the year -- they lost 9-8 to the D-backs on Friday. It, however, was the Rockies first one-run decision in which the two teams scored three or fewer runs.
Over the years,the Rockies have held their own in those kind of games. They have finished .500 or above in 12 of their first 25 seasons in one-run games in which both teams combined for three or fewer runs.
DJ LeMahieu has shown the ability to hit the primary pitches in a pitcher's arsenal. The two pitches that have been a problem for him are the split-finger and knuckleball, but they account for less than one percent of the pitches thrown to him during his career.