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so it's happened fairly quickly. It used to be the closers that were getting $10-14 million a year. Now other guys in the bullpen are getting those sorts of dollars." Blown leads are debilitating for any team, but the idea of a deep, reliable pen is particularly resonant in Colorado. Rockies starting pitchers ranked last in the Anthony Davis Jersey NL in innings for four straight years from 2012 to 2015 before ramping up to seventh in 2016 and ninth last season.
"In our park, especially, run-prevention can be very uplifting late in the game," Black said. "On the other Authentic Andreas Athanasiou Jersey hand, the lack of run-prevention late can be very demoralizing. If you can close out games where you have the lead -- or you stay close and come back and win -- it's just great confidence for the group. The position players feel great about each and every game, and they're not worried about, 'Hey, here we go again.' That's a bad thought: Here we go again."
Power pitchers and ground ball types are optimal at Coors, for obvious reasons. According to FanGraphs, the Rockies threw the third-highest ratio of fastballs in the majors (61 percent), behind Michael Thomas Womens Jersey only the Pirates and Padres, and the third-lowest rate of changeups (7.4 percent), ahead of only the Angels and Brewers. But Bridich and Black looked beyond individual repertoire and focused just as much on pitchers with competitive mentalities and iron wills.
They did plenty of legwork in their search. Black called Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona for a scouting report on Shaw and placed another call to Angels pitching coach Charles Nagy, who had worked with Shaw in Arizona. Rockies bullpen coach Steve Foster was well-acquainted with Davis from their mutual tenure in Kansas City. McGee, who pitched with Davis in Tampa Bay in 2011, was happy to make a recruiting pitch.
"We've talked about the mental part of the pitcher, and how important that is," Black said. "The unselfishness when it comes to statistics. It's about the team first and the http://www.nflcardinalsofficialstore.com/YOUTH+PHIL+DAWSON+JERSEY ability to turn the page and resiliency both physically and mentally. We're looking for those qualities in a pitcher. That's what we're trying to develop through our system too -- that mindset of drafted Rockies and developed Rockies. Once you get to Denver, it's heads-up. Things are a little different. But if you can pitch and make pitches, it doesn't matter where you play. And we think this organization is a great place to be."
Durability is part of the equation. Shaw leads the majors in appearances since 2013, with 378 games. As MLB executives who pay big money to relievers will attest, the numbers cut both ways. Viewed from a glass-half-full perspective, Shaw seems like a good bet to hold up because of his experience and track record. The alternate, more fatalistic flip side: He has logged a lot of mileage in the bullpen, and the wear and tear is destined to catch up to him eventually.
"For me, it's just being smart, knowing my arm and my body," Shaw said. "And if I need a day off, communicating that and telling Bud or [Foster], 'Hey, I'm hanging a little bit today.' The trainers have good routines for us, and you can get the right work done. If you're going to go in there and do busywork just to do work, that isn't beneficial."
After two seasons of dealing with the demands of life at 5,280 feet, McGee is happy to provide a tutorial for the new guys on some of the challenges that await this season. "I've already told them when you're on a long homestand and you've thrown a few times, you're going to be a little tired toward the end," McGee said. "By June or July, your legs are going to be a little out of it. It's going to happen, and you really can't do anything about it. You just make the adjustments and http://www.denverbroncosshops.com/Shelby_Harris_Jersey_Cheap go from there. Different pitches move differently at home and on the road. Once you get a feel for that, it makes it easier."
Nothing will prepare Davis and Shaw for their new adventure except the reality of the grind. The Rockies have placed a historic bet on their bullpen. The coming months will determine if they spent that $106 million wisely. Last season, the Colorado Rockies scored 824 runs. According to the runs created formula in the Bill James Handbook, they should have scored 798. The 26-run discrepancy, which worked to Colorado's favor, was surpassed in the National League only by the 28-run overage by the Chicago Cubs. The Rockies and the Cubs were the two most efficient offenses in the league.
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