Rockies Have to Wonder: Is There Relief in Sight?
Bryan Shaw made the 502nd appearance of his big-league career in the seventh inning of the Rockies 5-3 loss to the Dodgers Tuesday night. It was the third appearance in which he gave up two home runs in an inning, and the first in which those home runs turned a lead he was asked to protect into a loss.
He has given up one home run in 36 other games.
Double the Displeasure
|May 7, 2012 Arizona vs. St. Louis, Lost, 9-6|
|7th inning, Ariz trailed 7-6. Craig led off HR, Freese followed with HR,|
|April 16, 2016 Cleveland vs. NY Mets, W 7-5|
|8th inning, Clev led 7-1. 1 out, Granderson 3-run HR; 2 outs, Walker solo HR|
|Tuesday, Rockies at Dodgers, lost 5-3|
|6th inning, Rockies led 3-2; Taylor, Puig back-to-back HR for 5-3 Dodger lead|
Signed to a three-year, $28.5 million contract off the free-agent market in December, Shaw was expected to fill the right-handed setup role in the bullpen. He, however, is struggling through what could be the worst year of his career. His 1.56 WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) and 5.92 ERA are easily at a rate to be the worst of his career.
Numbers Not Adding Up
Source: Stats, Inc.
What makes Shaw's struggles a bigger issue than they might normally be is Jake McGee, re-signed to a three-year deal in December to be the left-handed compliment to Shaw, is also having a challenging season, himself. His 5.82 ERA is more than a run higher than the previous worst season of his career, and he already has given up as many home runs (four) as he did all last year.
Source: Stats, Inc.
While the two set-up relievers signed off the free-agent market have struggled, Wade Davis, the other free agent reliever signed to a three-year deal by the Rockies in the off-season, has been effective in the ninth. He leads the majors with 17 saves, and of the two blown saves the Rockies are 1-1 in those games.
Davis in Years as a Full-time Reliever
The key for the Rockies bullpen has been the rebound of Adam Ottavino from what was the worst year of his career in 2017 to what has the makings of been his most dominant big-league season in 2018.
On the Rebound