DENVER – It won’t come as a shock to any regular viewers of Colorado Rockies baseball that seven of their last 10 losses have come—broadly speaking—at the hands of bullpens implosions. In each of those games, the Rockies held a lead going into the sixth inning or later.
No man has been free from the struggle, with normally reliable closer Wade Davis capping off the series against the Reds with one of the most frustrating outings yet; unleashing two wild pitches in route to a blown save and a 7-5 loss.
You could see some signs that manager Bud Black was starting to feel his options becoming more limited on the Rockies previous road trip out west. On that venture, lefty Jake McGee, who himself hasn’t exactly been lights out this year (currently sporting a 4.76 ERA) was asked to pick up multiple innings on two separate occasions.
This was notable because it was the first (and second) time he had been asked to do so since August 2014.
“It felt really good,” he told BSN Denver afterward. “It just kinda worked out. I think I threw seven pitches the first inning and then tonight I threw six or seven pitches in the first inning so I’ll go back out and throw a second inning because a lot of hitters have been swinging really early on me lately.”