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Colorado Rockies Fantasy Baseball Daily Bullpen Updates and Closer Depth Chart

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Previous updates:

May 9, 2015
Colorado Rockies — Two-year-old Jameson Axford, still recovering from what his doctors called the worst rattlesnake bite they had ever seen, threw out the first pitch at Friday night’s game. Jameson has the stuff to challenge for a late-inning role in 2036, when the rest of us will all be so, so impossibly old.

Hierarchy remains: Axford | Betancourt | Logan.

May 5, 2015
Colorado Rockies – Confirming what many had already suspected, Adam Ottavino needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of 2015.

Hierarchy remains: Axford | Betancourt | Logan.

May 1, 2015
Colorado Rockies – As a fantasy owner, these are words you do not want to hear from an injured closer due back soon: “I’m definitely worried,” Adam Ottavino told reporters. “It’s kind of weird. I haven’t had any elbow/triceps issues in my whole career.” Ottavino also revealed he will be shut down for a while and is “in a holding pattern.” It could be at least a few weeks before we see him again, and by then, John Axford could have the job secured.

Hierarchy remains: Axford | Betancourt | Logan.

April 28, 2015
Colorado Rockies — As we told you last night, John Axford was first in line to get a save opportunity with Adam Ottavino headed to the disabled list. Rafael Betancourt could also get some chances, but if you must ride with a Rockies closer, the Ax Man is the choice. And we’re sorry.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Betancourt | Logan.

April 27, 2015
Colorado Rockies — Adam Ottavino has been placed on the 15-day DL with right triceps inflammation. Expect John Axford to get the most save chances in the short term.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Betancourt | Logan.

April 25, 2015
Colorado Rockies — Adam Ottavino returned from his brief rest and earned an uneventful save on Friday night.

Hierarchy remains: Ottavino | Axford | Betancourt.

April 24, 2015
Colorado Rockies — John Axford, back from dealing with his son’s snake bite, earned his second save of the season on Thursday, shutting down the Padres in the 9th. After the game, regular closer Adam Ottavino said that he had asked for the day off due to “usual pitcher soreness.” All indications are that Ottavino is fine and will remain the closer moving forward, but Axford will play an important role as well. In other news, former closer LaTroy Hawkins has been placed on the DL with tendinitis in his biceps. This is Hawkins’s final season in what has been a $47 million career; his next appearance in one of our updates may be as part of a front office.

Updated hierarchy: Ottavino | Axford | Betancourt.

April 15, 2015
Colorado Rockies — Prior to Tuesday’s game, Walt Weiss told Adam Ottavino that he would be the closer going forward; Ottavino responded by striking out the side to pick up his first save.

Updated hierarchy: Ottavino | Betancourt | Logan.

April 14, 2015
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt was the freshest option in the bullpen for Walt Weiss last night after LaTroy Hawkins was unceremoniously sacked; Betancourt threw a perfect 9th inning with 2 Ks in recording the save. Adam Ottavino still could be the favorite for saves going forward, but Betancourt will also get consideration going forward after his spotless work on Monday.

Updated hierarchy: *Ottavino | Betancourt | Logan.
* = closer-by-committee

April 13, 2015
Colorado Rockies – LaTroy Hawkins has been removed from the closer role, manager Walt Weiss announced. Adam Ottavino might be the best bet to get saves going forward, but due to recent usage, he’s unavailable tonight. Rafael Betancourt will get the save opp, if there is one, and if he converts, he’s suddenly in the conversation.

Updated hierarchy: Ottavino | Betancourt | Logan.

April 12, 2015
Colorado Rockies – John Axford has left the Rockies for a while to be with his son, who just had surgery following a rattlesnake attack. His absence may be poorly timed for Axford owners, as LaTroy Hawkins just blew his second save in a row and remains firmly on the Hot Seat. With Axford away, Adam Ottavino and Boone Logan are the relievers who could benefit if the Rockies are looking to give Hawkins a break.

Hierarchy remains: Hawkins | Ottavino | Logan.

April 9, 2015
Colorado Rockies – John Axford got the save in the 10th inning after Latroy Hawkins blew his bid in the ninth. Adam Ottavino had already pitched, but Axford is a former closer, and that experience could get him some more high leverage spots in the future.

Hierarchy remains: Hawkins | Ottavino | Logan.

April 6, 2015
Colorado Rockies – In a surprising bit of news, Walt Weiss named Boone Logan the team’s primary 8th inning reliever. Logan is no LOOGY — he’s shown his whole career that he can get both lefties and righties out — and he had an excellent spring, posting a 1.04 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 8.2 IPs. The odd thing is that righty Adam Ottavino has been even MORE dominant (0.00 ERA, 15 Ks, 8.1 IPs), and just a few weeks ago, Weiss said that Ottavino would be the guy when closer LaTroy Hawkins is unavailable. Both things can be true, of course — this might be one of those situations where the 8th inning guy isn’t the one to get the call on nights when the closer is unavailable. But it certainly bears watching, as Hawkins, already no one’s pick to keep his job all year, had a pretty rough spring. In other Rockies bullpen news, John Axford’s son was bitten by a rattlesnake, and the righty is likely to miss a few games to start the season.

Updated hierarchy: Hawkins | Ottavino | Logan.

March 26, 2015
Colorado Rockies — Walt Weiss told reporters that Adam Ottavino will be the club’s top vulture save option when 42-year-old closer LaTroy Hawkins is fatigued, or watching Matlock reruns.

Updated hierarchy: Hawkins | Ottavino | Axford.

March 8, 2015
Colorado Rockies – Yes, the Rockies still employ a closer that began his major league career (1995!) before some of our faithful Closer Monkey readers were born! I’m looking at YOU, LaTroy Hawkins. At 42, Hawkins will be the oldest active player in the big leagues this year, which will be his 21st and final season in Major League Baseball. Don’t let his age fool you. Hawkins had a solid year in Denver last season, collecting 23 saves and a 3.31 ERA. Still, keep an eye on the other late-inning relievers, including heir apparent John Axford, and last year’s up-and-down set-up duo, Adam Ottavino and Rex Brothers.

Starting 2015 hierarchy: Hawkins | Axford | Ottavino.
Holds candidates: Axford, Ottavino.

July 31, 2014
Colorado Rockies — A 27-pitch outing by LaTroy Hawkins on Tuesday was tiring enough to require the services of Adam Ottavino as closer on Wednesday.

Hierarchy remains: Hawkins | Ottavino | Brothers.

July 30, 2014
Colorado Rockies — LaTroy Hawkins is coveted by five or six teams as a set-up guy, but his strong influence in the clubhouse makes him very unlikely to move this week.

Hierarchy remains: Hawkins | Ottavino | Brothers.

July 29, 2014
Colorado RockiesTrade rumors are swirling around Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins, and since it’s extremely unlikely that he closes should he land somewhere like Pittsburgh, the fantasy spotlight has turned to what he’ll be leaving behind in the Colorado bullpen. Unfortunately, the Rockies haven’t been winning very much at all lately, so there isn’t a very big sample size to look at, in terms of July usage. Rex Brothers has been the “closer of the future” seemingly forever, and he did get the ball in the 8th inning of a tie game on Sunday. But in that appearance, he allowed two home runs and took the loss, the latest in a string of mediocre appearances for the lefty. So it might be righty Adam Ottavino who gets the first nod should Hawkins be traded. Ottavino had a tough June but has rebounded, posting a 2.00 in 10 July appearances. Our best bet is probably the dreaded committee, with Ottavino getting save opps against righties and Brothers getting the call against lefties, but either way, Ottavino is probably worth an add if you’re hunting for saves in a deep league.

Updated hierarchy: Hawkins | Ottavino | Brothers.

July 16, 2014
Colorado Rockies – Colorado’s owner has insisted that the team will not be selling at the trade deadline; even apart from a deal, you have to figure that LaTroy Hawkins will step aside soon for Rex Brothers. TRADE DEADLINE BUY: Rex Brothers. SELL: LaTroy Hawkins.

June 21, 2014
Colorado Rockies – It’s been a rough month for Adam Ottavino, who, after allowing yet another earned run on Friday, has seen his ERA climb from 1.46 at the end of May to 4.13 today. With Ottavino struggling, Rex Brothers has reclaimed his 8th inning role thanks to a recent scoreless stretch that has spanned eight outings.

Updated hierarchy: Hawkins | Brothers | Ottavino.

June 5, 2014
Colorado Rockies – Colorado led 8-5 when Rex Brothers entered in the eighth inning. But Rex yielded four singles and a walk, and all five of those batters came around to score, increasing his ERA to 19.29 over his last six appearances. The Rockies wound up losing 16-8. Although there was immediate speculation that Brothers might get sent down to AAA to clear a roster spot for prospect Eddie Butler, Walt Weiss wouldn’t confirm the rumor. We’d slide Matt Belisle into his hierarchy slot, but he gave up five runs of his own in the ninth, so Rex stays one more day.

Hierarchy remains: Hawkins | Ottavino | Brothers.

May 24, 2014
Colorado Rockies
 – Walt Weiss has said that LaTroy Hawkins is still their closer but he also mentioned that Adam Ottavino could be an option to close down the road.  Hawkins has given up 22 hits, with only 6 strikeouts, in his 16 innings of work so far this year so Weiss might be forced to give Ottavino a shot at closing sooner rather than later.

Hierarchy remains: Hawkins | Ottavino | Brothers.

May 21, 2014
Colorado Rockies – LaTroy Hawkins blew his first save of the season on Sunday, and he followed it up by giving up the go-ahead run in a tied ninth last night. In his last nine appearances, Hawkins has given up seven earned runs in seven innings — and, more importantly, has surrendered 16 hits with only 2 strikeouts. With Adam Ottavino and Rex Brothers each pitching well, Hawkins might not have many more shots at the ninth.

LaTroy Hawkins to Hot Seat.

May 1, 2014
Colorado Rockies – Rather than pitch LaTroy Hawkins on three straight days, Colorado called on Rex Brothers with a two-run lead. He couldn’t get the job done, sending the game into extra innings. No hierarchy change.

April 30, 2014
Colorado Rockies – The oldest player in the National League just keeps on rolling, racking up his ninth save in as many attempts. BMWs for everyone! No hierarchy change.

April 23, 2014
Colorado Rockies – It seems Rex has returned from the doghouse, entering with two on and one out in a one-run eighth and immediately inducing a pivotal double play. Brothers’s heroics allowed Adam Ottavino’s shutout streak to continue. Walt Weiss stuck with the lefty against Brandon Belt to start the ninth, and he again came through. Hierarchy change: Rex Brothers to 2nd in line, replacing Boone Logan.

April 16, 2014
Colorado Rockies – Rex Brothers has been awful this year, and Walt Weiss has decided to give the lefty a few days off. Boone Logan, who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh on Tuesday night, should reap some high-leverage rewards. For his part, Adam Ottavino has been practically unhittableHierarchy change: Adam Ottavino to Set-up, Boone Logan to 2nd in line.

April 6, 2014
Colorado Rockies – The Rockies went to Adam Ottavino in the seventh inning last night, protecting a 2 run lead. He proceeded to strike out the side in a scoreless inning and now has 8 Ks in 3 innings of work so far this season. Hierarchy change: Adam Ottavino to 2nd in line, replacing Boone Logan.

March 13, 2014
Colorado Rockies — How long will the Rockies be able to keep Rex Brothers — who was three years old when LaTroy Hawkins was drafted — in an eighth-inning role? Hawkins is ranked #29 in our preseason closer rankings.

March 7, 2014
Colorado Rockies – Rex Brothers’s quest to become the full-time Rockies closer will have to wait for at least a little while, as the Rockies signed the 41-year-old LaTroy Hawkins in the offseason.  Walt Weiss has already named Hawkins the closer, though the aging righty will probably need to be rested from time to time, making Brothers an appealing option for vulture saves.  Returning to the Colorado bullpen behind them are Matt Belisle and Wilton Lopez, though former Yankee Boone Logan has the early edge for the 2nd in line job after a solid 2013 campaign.  Starting 2014 hierarchy: Closer – LaTroy Hawkins, Set-up – Rex Brothers, 2nd in line – Boone Logan.

September 19, 2013
Colorado Rockies – With the game still close in the 8th inning yesterday, the Rockies went to lefty Adam Ottavino, who pitched a clean inning to lower his ERA to 2.77, nearly a point and a half lower than Wilton Lopez.  Lopez, the former closer for the Astros, never really got it together this year and has been a disappointment for Colorado all year long.  Hierarchy change: Adam Ottavino to 2nd in line, replacing Wilton Lopez.

August 22, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt left Thursday’s game with an elbow injury and will likely miss the rest of the season.  Rex Brothers will resume closing in his place.  Hierarchy change: Rex Brothers to Closer, Matt Belisle to Set-up, Wilton Lopez to 2nd in line, Rafael Betancourt injured.

August 22, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt’s third outing since returning from the DL ended in a blown save.  Betancourt has been reliable all year, and had posted two scoreless appearances since his return.  But he’s also 38 years old, and the Rockies are well out of the playoff race.  With Rex Brothers flourishing in Betancourt’s absence, the Rockies might not need much incentive to turn the keys over to their future closer.  Rafael Betancourt to Hot Seat.

August 21, 2013
Colorado Rockies — Rafael Betancourt got his first save since his emergency appendectomy in a 1-2-3 ninth. No hierarchy change. 

August 18, 2013
Colorado Rockies — Rafael Betancourt returned and pitched the ninth inning in a four-run loss; Walt Weiss is on the record saying that the next save chance will belong to the big righthander. Hierarchy change: Rafael Betancourt to Closer, Rex Brothers to Set-up, Matt Belisle to 2nd in line. 

August 17, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt started his rehab assignment recently, and though Rex Brothers has pitched well in the injured closer’s stead, a Rockies beat writer expects that Betancourt will take over the 9th inning role again upon his return, which will likely be inside a week or so.  No hierarchy change. 

July 22, 2013
Colorado Rockies — The Rockies responded to Rafael Betancourt’s incapacitation by summoning a blast from the National League past: Mitchell Boggs. Reports suggest that Colorado will use him in front of Matt Belisle, and Boggs insists that his time in double-A exile has helped him return to last season’s impressive form. Hierarchy change: Mitchell Boggs to 2nd in line, replacing Wilton Lopez.

July 20, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt has been placed on the DL with appendicitis.  The move is retroactive to July 15.  Rex Brothers will close in his absence.  Hierarchy change: Rex Brothers to Closer, Matt Belisle to Set-up, Wilton Lopez to 2nd in line, Rafael Betancourt to DL.

July 18, 2013
Colorado Rockies – The Rockies might move Rafael Betancourt in exchange for a starting pitcher, at which point Rex Brothers would again ascend to close. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: BUY Rex Brothers, SELL Rafael Betancourt.

July 9, 2013
Colorado Rockies — Matt Belisle pitched a perfect eighth in a close game on Monday, and Walt Weiss seems to again prefer him to Wilton Lopez in higher-leverage situations. Hierarchy change: Matt Belisle to 2nd in line, replacing Wilton Lopez.

June 28, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt returns from the DL today and will resume closing immediately.  His return means that Rex Brothers can return to his 8th inning role, and Matt Belisle can be mercifully relegated to a less meaningful role.  Last night, Belisle blew the game in the 8th inning, and has now given up 12 ERs in his last 6.2 innings.  Hierarchy change: Rafael Betancourt to Closer, Rex Brothers to Set-up.

June 5, 2013
Colorado Rockies — Now that Rex Brothers seems safely ensconced as the Rockies’ interim closer, it’s less likely that Wilton Lopez will be called upon in that role. Hierarchy change: Matt Belisle to Set-up, Wilton Lopez to 2nd in line.

June 2, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt hit the DL on Sunday, meaning more save chances for Rex Brothers.  Brothers, who is having a remarkable season so far (0.36 ERA), assumed his role immediately last night, pitching the 9th inning of a tie game.  Hierarchy change: Rex Brothers to Closer, Wilton Lopez to Set-up, Matt Belisle to 2nd in line, Rafael Betancourt to DL.

June 1, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rafael Betancourt has been placed on the disabled list with the same groin injury that has been nagging him over the past two weeks.  Rex Brothers will close in his absence.  Hierarchy change: Rex Brothers to Closer, Wilton Lopez to Set-up, Matt Belisle to 2nd in line, Rafael Betancourt to DL.

May 23, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rex Brothers pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season.  It appears Rafael Betancourt will avoid the disabled list and could be back tomorrow.   However, Betancourt has a history of groin injuries so we will wait and see if he is actually ready to go that soon.  No hierarchy change.

May 22, 2013
Colorado Rockies — Rafael Betancourt left Tuesday night’s game with what the team immediately described as a “tight right groin” — no real surprise given its recent workload. Betancourt was initially listed as day-to-day, but if Wednesday’s MRI leads to a DL stint, it’s likely that Rex Brothers will take over the closer role. Wilton Lopez is another option if Walt Weiss wants to play matchups or reduce the injury’s impact on the eighth inning. Hierarchy change: Rafael Betancourt injured, Rex Brothers to Closer, Wilton Lopez to Set-up.

April 14, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Rex Brothers continues to pitch well out of the Rockies bullpen.  He pitched a scoreless 9th last night with the Rockies up 4 to lower his ERA to 1.42 on the season.  Hierarchy change: Rex Brothers to set-up, Matt Belisle to 2nd in line.

April 13, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Former Astros closer Wilton Lopez continued his awful start to the season, allowing two more runs in the 7th inning to push his ERA to 12.46.  Rex Brothers got the win after throwing a clean 8th and has been pitching alongside Matt Belisle in high-leverage spots for the Rockies thus far.  Hierarchy change: Rex Brothers to 2nd in line, replacing Wilton Lopez.

February 24, 2013
Colorado Rockies – Starting 2013 hierarchy: Closer- Rafael Betancourt, Set-up- Matt Belisle, 2nd in line- Wilton Lopez.

October 2, 2012
Colorado Rockies – Josh Roenicke picked up his first career save on Monday, retiring the final two batters in extra innings. Roenicke was the sixth man out of the pen. No hierarchy change.

August 28, 2012
Colorado Rockies – Matt Belisle picked up his second save of the season on Monday. He finished off the top of the 8th inning in a 3-run game, then stayed on for the ninth after the Rockies scored 7 runs in the interim. No hierarchy change.

August 24, 2012
Colorado Rockies – Matt Belisle picked up the save on Thursday, as Rafael Betancourt was given the night off after pitching in three of the previous four games. No hierarchy change.

July 12, 2012
Colorado Rockies – ESPN’s Buster Olney has reported that the Rockies would have to be overwhelmed in a deal for either Rafael Betancourt or Matt Belisle, so there isn’t much chance that either will move before the trade deadline. At 32-51, the Rockies are obviously not buyers, either. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.

June 22, 2012
Colorado Rockies – Sent to the minors after some early season struggles, Rex Brothers returned to the big leagues earlier this month and has since been dominant. Yesterday, he finished off the 7th inning, and has now allowing just 2 hits and 1 run in 8.2 innings, while striking out 14. Adam Ottavino, meanwhile, has struggled as of late, allowing 6 runs in his last 6.2 innings. Hierarchy change: Rex Brothers to 2nd in line, replacing Adam Ottavino.

May 24, 2012
Colorado Rockies – Adam Ottavino pitched the 7th inning in a close game on Wednesday, and now has 6 scoreless innings with 9 Ks since being called up. Hierarchy change: Adam Ottavino to 2nd in line, replacing Matt Reynolds.

May 23, 2012
Colorado Rockies – Rex Brothers, who closed for a short time last year but has struggled throughout 2012, was sent to the minors on Tuesday. Matt Belisle (2.86 ERA, 17 Ks/2 BBs) is the most likely candidate for 8th inning work. Hierarchy change: Matt Belisle to Set-up, Matt Reynolds to 2nd in line.

May 5, 2012
Colorado Rockies – Matt Belisle pitched a clean 7th inning on Friday, preserving a tie game for the Rockies; Edgmer Escalona took the loss in extras. Hierarchy change: Matt Belisle to 2nd in line, replacing Edgmer Escalona.

May 1, 2012
Colorado Rockies – Edgmer Escalona has been used as the late-innings righty out of the Rockies bullpen over the past week, helping to bridge the gap to Rafael Betancourt twice in the last two days. Hierarchy change: Edgmer Escalona to 2nd in line, replacing Matt Belisle.

April 12, 2012
Colorado Rockies- Long reliever Tyler Chatwood recorded a three-inning save in a Rockies blowout on Wednesday. No hierarchy change.

March 18, 2012
Colorado Rockies- With Huston Street gone, Rafael Betancourt is firmly entrenched in the closer role. Rex Brothers will likely get first crack at saves should Betancourt struggle. Starting 2012 hierarchy: Closer- Huston Street, Set-up- Rex Brothers, 2nd in line- Matt Belisle.

Sept. 12, 2011
Colorado Rockies- Long reliever Jason Hammel picked up a four-inning save in the Rockies blowout win yesterday. No hierarchy change.

Sept. 11, 2011
Colorado Rockies- Huston Street is unlikely to return to the closer role in the season’s final weeks, but he does appear to have ascended to the 8th inning role, which is where he pitched yesterday. Hierarchy change: Street to Set-up, Brothers to 2nd in line.

Sept. 4, 2011
Colorado Rockies- After announcing that Huston Street would be eased back in to the role, Jim Tracy said last night that it would be “asinine” to remove Betancourt from the closer role, given the job he’s done. He suggested that Betancourt could even head in to the winter as the closer, and if he falters, then Brothers will likely get an audition. Hierarchy change: Betancourt to Closer, Brothers to Set-up, Street to 2nd in line.

Sept. 3, 2011
Colorado Rockies- Rafael Betancourt got the save for the Rockies last night, who are still easing Huston Street back in to the role. Street should get the next, and most of the remaining, save opps. No hierarchy change.

Aug. 29, 2011
Colorado Rockies- Rafael Betancourt recorded the save last night, as Jim Tracy said he would be easing Huston Street back in to his closer role. Street should assume the job any day now. However, Matt Lindstrom may not return to his former role for a while, as Rex Brothers pitched the 8th last night and has been hot lately. Hierarchy change: Brothers to 2nd in line, replacing Lindstrom.

Aug. 28, 2011
Colorado Rockies- Huston Street pitched a scoreless 8th inning yesterday and Rafael Betancourt blew the save in the 9th. Manager Jim Tracy said he was going to ease Street back in the closer role but expect to see Street closing out games very soon especially after Betancourt’s blown save last night. Matt Lindstrom was also taken off the DL and moves to 2nd in line but should re-claim his set up job shortly. Lindstrom to 2nd in line, replacing Rex Brothers.

Aug. 26, 2011
Colorado Rockies Huston Street is returning from the 15-day DL and should be activated for the game today against Los Angeles. Although Betancourt has pitched well in Street’s absence, expect Street to reclaim the closer job for the stretch run. Hierarchy change: Street to Closer, Betancourt to Set-Up, Brothers to 2nd in line.

Aug. 24, 2011
Colorado Rockies- Rex Brothers got the save last night because Betancourt had pitched 3 days in a row. His strong outing, however, combined with his recent work has made Brothers a strong 8th inning option. Hierarchy change: Brothers to Set-Up, Reynolds to 2nd in line.

Aug. 18, 2011
Colorado Rockies- With both Street and Lindstrom out, Matt Reynolds has emerged as primary set-up man, as he pitched 1.1 innings to close out a 5-run victory yesterday. Should he and Betancourt both go down, the Rockies will likely turn to Matt Belisle for save opportunities. Hierarchy change: Reynolds to Set-Up, Belisle to 2nd in line.

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