Just how big a factor is the Rockies bullpen in the team’s 5-2 start. Well, the Rockies have been outscored 30-28 despite losing only two games.
The five wins have all been by one or two runs, and have been the result of dominating late-inning relief work. In the five wins, the bullpen has five saves — four by Greg Holland and one by Jake McGee.
And the relievers have overpowered. Holland, McGee, Adam Ottavino, Mike Dunn and Scott Oberg have combined to work 17 innings in those five games, giving up two runs on nine hits and eight walks while striking out 28.
In the two losses, Jordan Lyles has given up five runs in two innings, Oberg gave up a run for the first time this season on Sunday, and Chris Rusin was the victim of an unearned run in his season debut after being activated from the disabled list.
THE ROCKIES committed their first two errors of the season in Sunday’s 10-6 loss to the Dodgers. Yaisel Puig led off the top of the ninth reaching on an error by shortstop Trevor Story and eventually scored the Dodgers’ final run. Franklin Gutierrez scored in the seventh inning on an errant pickoff attempt by catcher Tony Wolters, the Rockies first error coming in their 70th inning of the season.
DEFENDING NL batting champion DJ LeMahieu wasn’t the lineup on Sunday, but he did get into the game for the final three innings and had a single and a double, giving a sign that his season-opening struggle might be over.
LeMahieu used the right-center field alley to get the double. That is his area os strength. In the six previous games he was a combined 2-for-23 and both hits were singles.
GERARDO PARRA has taken advantage of playing time in light of projected left fielder David Dahl being on the disabled list. He was 3-for-5 Sunday, his fourth multi-hit game of the season on Sunday. He raised his average to .440.