Lefthander Chris Rusin was recalled Sunday morning, giving manager Bud Black three left-handed relievers in the bullpen. German Marquez, who had not pitched this season, was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Rusin. Rusin opened the season on the disabled list.
Rusin made one rehab appearance at Albuquerque, working 2 2/3 scoreless innings in the Isotopes opener on Thursday. He made 29 appearances for the Rockies last year — 22 out of the bullpen. As a reliever he was 2-1 with a 2.58 ERA.
Rusin joins right-hander Jordan Lyles as the long men in the Rockies bullpen. He will back up fellow lefthanders Jake McGee and Mike Dunn.
THE ROCKIES first five victories have all been by one or two runs. That’s a marked change from a year ago. The Rockies were 24-36 in games decided by one or two runs a year ago, the worst record in the NL. The Twins have the worst overall record (27-48) in games decided by one or two runs.
The Rockies 60 games decided by one or two runs lat season was the fewest in the majors.
THE ROCKIES have opened the season 5-1 for the third time in history. Today they will attempt to claim their sixth victory in the first seven games, which would equal the best start in franchise history, which was in 1995. In their third year of existence, the Rockies claimed the first NL wild-card in the strike-shortened season.
They opened Coors Field that year, and it started with a two-game sweep of the Mets.
This season the Rockies opened by taking three of four in Milwaukee, and then came home on Friday to play the Dodgers. They have won the first two games of the Dodger Series and this afternoon will go for the sweep. Tyler Anderson has drawn the start for the Rockies against the Dodgers Kenta Maeda.
THE ROCKIES have had their problems with the Dodgers. They trail in the all-time series 170-229 (.426), and have won a season series in six of the previous 24 years.
The Rockies have, however, swept nine of the 128 series against the Dodgers, including two in 2007. The Rockies have already clinched only thier 44th series victory against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers have won the season series in Coors Field in 10 of the 23 seasons of the ballpark’s existence.