Considering that the 2018 Rockies went 91-72, almost won the division, and got to the NLDS, there was a lot of excitement for the 2019 season. The 71-91 record and 4th place standing were a real letdown. For this next season, there are three players on the hot seat. They have to find some success if they want to stay in the MLB, or even on the team.
Wade Davis– CP
Wade Davis had an amazing 2018 season, with 43 saves on 49 attempts and with an impressive 1.06 WHIP. His ERA was a little high, with a 4.13, but overall a really good season. In 2019, he lost his closing role to Scott Oberg. This happened because Davis had an 8.65 AVG. He only had 18 save opportunities, in which he did get 15 of them. However, he was also 1-6 and had a WHIP of 1.88.
For this next season, Davis has to get his WHIP down. If he can lower it to around 1.0, as he did in 2018, that will help him with his ERA. With his ERA, he needs to get it back to his 4.13, that would be a huge improvement. If all that happens, Davis will get more opportunities to close the door in games and they can put Oberg as a SU guy again.
Bryan Shaw– RHP
Bryan has had a rough time in Colorado over the last couple of years. In his first year with the club in 2018, he had a 5.93 AVG, 1.79 WHIP, and gave up 9 home runs. His second year wasn’t any better. His average went down a little to 5.38, his WHIP dropped to a 1.36 but gave up 12 home runs. In his two years with the team, he has a combined record of 7-8.
In his time in Cleveland, Shaw’s highest ERA was 3.52, in his last year there. I understand that he is pitching in Colorado and it is a hitter’s park. This, however, shouldn’t be okay for having two seasons over five for his earned runs. Also, he gave up three more home runs than his 2018 campaign.
Kyle Freeland– SP
Kyle had a really good 2018 season. He was 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He also gave up 17 HRs and had 173 strikeouts. In 2019, he had a rough time. His record was 3-11 with a 6.73 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. He gave up 25 home runs and 79 SO. He also pitched 33 games in 2018 and only 22 in 2019.
Kyle has the tools. He has shown that he can be a good pitcher. He had trouble last year with the deep ball, giving up 8 more than the year before and playing 11 games less. Last year was just a really bad year, even when he went to the minors, he had an 8.0 ERA and was 0-4. He has been working hard this offseason and we will see if he can keep his rotation roll.
The Rockies have a good offensive game, last year they averaged about 5.2 runs per game. The only thing that hurts them is their pitching. If you can score over 5 runs a game, you should be at least go .500. This team knows its weakness and has some young pitchers coming up from the minors that might help them. If these three can have a bounceback year and they find some good depth in the bullpen, they are a dangerous team.
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