Jack Etkin, Forbes.com: Rockies Off-Season Challenge Recreating a Bullpen


By Jack Etkin/Forbes.com

Improving a very ineffective bullpen is a Rockies priority after a 91-loss season. They are expected to fully explore moving veteran relievers Bryan Shaw, Wade Davis and Jake McGee.

It won’t be easy because of their contracts and their poor performances this year. And it will be costly but not as expensive as readily appears.

Shaw, who turns 32 on Nov. 8, Davis, 34, and McGee, 33, were primary reasons the Rockies’ bullpen was 26-29 with 28 saves in 51 opportunities and a 5.14 ERA, the worst since 2004 (5.53) and a steep decline from 2018 (4.62).

There were three bright spots in relief. Scott Oberg, Carlos Estevez and Jairo Diaz had very good seasons and should be late-inning fixtures next season. Oberg went 6-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 49 games and was even better at Coors Field where he went 5-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 28 games and did not allow a home run in 31 2/3 innings. Oberg, 29, replaced the faltering Davis as the closer in mid-August but didn’t pitch after Aug. 16 due to a blood clot in his upper right arm.

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