Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies Fantasy Baseball Daily Bullpen Updates and Closer Depth Chart

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COLJairo DiazCarlos EstevezBryan ShawWade Davis9/15/19
(IL)Scott Oberg

Previous updates:

September 15, 2019
Colorado Rockies – Jesus Tinoco recorded his first career save yesterday as the Rockies rested both Jairo Diaz and Carlos Estevez.  This was extrmely surprising as Tinoco has only one hold this season and before yesterday had given up at least one earned run in 5 straight appearances and and 7 of his last 8.

Hierarchy remains: Diaz | Estevez | Shaw.

September 11, 2019
Colorado Rockies – Jairo Diaz picked up a 2-inning save on Tuesday and clearly Bud Black’s go-to guy in Colorado. We’ll kick away his asterisk.

Updated hierarchy: Diaz | Estevez | Shaw.

September 7, 2019
Colorado Rockies — Jairo Diaz earned his first save since taking over as head of the Rockies’ closer committee, and is the guy to own for the rest of the season in Colorado.

Hierarchy remains: *Diaz | Estevez | Shaw.
* = closer-by-committee

August 27, 2019
Colorado Rockies – Jairo Diaz got the first Rockies save chance since the demotion of Wade Davis and promptly gave up the game-tying run. The Rockies walked off in the bottom half of the inning, though, so this wasn’t a total failure for Diaz. We’ll bump him to the top of the committee and see what the Rockies do next.

Updated hierarchy: *Diaz | Estevez | Shaw.
* = closer-by-committee

August 20, 2019
Colorado Rockies – Summoned in a tie game in the 8th inning, Wade Davis gave up 3 earned runs for the second straight night. Jake McGee got the final out of the inning. We’re bumping Davis from this hierarchy temporarily until he has a good outing.

Updated hierarchy: *Estevez | Diaz | Shaw.
* = closer-by-committee

August 19, 2019
Colorado Rockies – On Sunday morning, the Rockies placed Scott Oberg on the IL with a blood clot in his arm — reportedly, his season is over — and it took all of several hours for his replacement, Wade Davis, to blow the first subsequent Rockies save chance. We figured Davis would get the first look, but what happens now is anyone’s guess. Jake McGee, Carlos Estevez, and Bryan Shaw have all closed at various points in their career; of those three, only Estevez has pitched well as of late. Jairo Diaz could also get a look, as he’s got a high strikeout rate. We’ll slide Estevez to the top of the committee for now with the caveat that this is an educated guess at best. Complicating matters is that Estevez has gone three innings in the last two days and won’t pitch today; if someone else has success then they could easily vault him.

Updated hierarchy: *Estevez | Diaz | Davis.
* = closer-by-committee

August 18, 2019
Colorado Rockies – The Rockies placed Scott Oberg on the IL with a blood clot in his arm. It seems likely that Wade Davis will return to the closer role in Oberg’s absence, though Bryan Shaw or Jake McGee could also factor in.

Updated hierarchy: *Davis | Shaw | McGee
* = closer-by-committee

August 3, 2019
Colorado Rockies — Bud Black announced that Scott Oberg will take over as closer “for the time being,” and that Wade Davis will move to the middle innings. Oberg got his first opportunity in his new role last night, coming in to protect a one-run lead. He gave up a pair of singles before inducing a game-ending double play to earn his fourth save on the year. Oberg has been excellent this year, including as a fill-in closer when Davis injured his oblique. Davis has had a frustrating year, posting a remarkable 0.68 ERA on the road but an ugly 11.29 at Coors Field, with a five-run meltdown on Wednesday serving as the last straw. 

Updated hierarchy: Oberg | Shaw | Davis.

August 2, 2019
Colorado Rockies — Bud Black announced today that Scott Oberg will take over as closer “for the time being.” Black said that Wade Davis will move to the middle innings.

Updated hierarchy: Oberg | Shaw | Davis.

August 1, 2019
Colorado Rockies — Wade Davis pitched at home on Wednesday, so you know what happened next: two dingers and five earned runs. Davis’s splits continue to be otherworldly, and it’s anyone’s guess how long Bud Black can keep running him out there instead of Scott Oberg.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Oberg | Shaw.

July 26, 2019
Colorado Rockies — Wade Davis has struggled recently, but he looked sharp Thursday against the Nationals in DC, striking out the side while allowing a lone walk to record the save. It’s very simple for fantasy owners: start Davis on the road (0.68 ERA, .178 BAA, 7 saves) and absolutely avoid him at Coors Field (0-4, 9.53 ERA, .301 BAA). Scott Oberg (1.65 ERA, 1.00 WHIP), who has been good everywhere, looms as a viable replacement for Davis in the ninth.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Oberg | Shaw.

July 17, 2019
Colorado Rockies — With four straight scoreless outings, things had been quiet on the Wade Davis beat. Maybe too quiet. Last night, the Rockies rallied from three down against Will Smith to tie the score — then brought in Davis, who gave it all back and then some. Maybe Davis should pitch exclusively on the road, where his ERA (0.79) is 12 times better than at Coors Field (9.53).

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Oberg | Shaw.

June 30, 2019
Colorado Rockies — Wade Davis struck out a pair in a perfect ninth inning yesterday to pick up the save.  Davis threw nine of his twelve pitches for strikes and it was especially encouraging because the game was in Colorado, where he has really struggled this year.   It’s worth noting that Scott Oberg was unavailable on Saturday night.  We will see what the Rockies do next but yesterday’s appearance could allow Davis to hold off Oberg at least for now.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Oberg | Shaw.

June 29, 2019
Colorado Rockies — After Thursday’s brutal outing, Bud Black has said that the Rockies are “contemplating a few things” with regards to Wade Davis’ role in the bullpen, specifically pointing to his walk rate as a concern. Meanwhile, Scott Oberg’s excellent year continued last night, as he pitched a scoreless ninth in a four-run game. It is possible that Davis still has the closer’s role, as he would have been unavailable yesterday after having pitched in back-to-back games and three of the last four. We told you yesterday that Scott Oberg was a good speculative add; today he looks like a must get, although he is likely unavailable today after pitching three in a row and five of the last six. 

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Oberg | Shaw.

June 28, 2019
Colorado Rockies — It was a rough night for Wade Davis, who entered a tie game in the ninth and allowed four runs on an RBI single and a three-run blast. Davis now has a 6.00 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP. Yuck! Stash Scott Oberg if you haven’t already. For what it’s worth, manager Bud Black pointed to Davis’s resume and suggested that he’ll be fine.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Oberg | Shaw.

June 25, 2019
Colorado Rockies – Wade Davis pitched a 1-2-3 inning last night for his second save since returning from the IL, but count us among those who are still concerned about his recent performance. Since returning, he’s posted a 9.82 ERA, a 2.32 WHIP over 7.1 innings, and he has struck out six batters against five walks. Perhaps most concerning of all is that his velocity is down, suggesting that his poor performance isn’t just bad luck. Scott Oberg might be worth a roster spot if he’s available in your league.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Oberg | Shaw.

June 21, 2019
Colorado Rockies — When the Rockies took the lead in the tenth inning on Thursday, manager Bud Black stuck with Scott Oberg for a second inning, and he slammed the door to earn the win. Where was struggling Wade Davis? Apparently unavailable, which Black mentioned before stressing that Oberg is not the new closer. Davis has allowed runs in every appearance since returning from the IL, and has a WHIP (1.80) more than 50 points higher than Hyun-Jin Ryu’s ERA (1.26)! Okay, that might not be fair — Ryu is nasty. Anyway, this Oberg-Davis situation bears watching, so stay tuned.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Oberg | Shaw.

June 20, 2019
Colorado Rockies – The struggling Wade Davis got a chance to right the ship on Wednesday when he entered the ninth inning with a three-run lead. He struck out the first batter he faced before allowing a solo home run. Davis bounced back with another strikeout and then stranded a runner at second to end the game, but he has now allowed an earned run in four straight appearances. Meanwhile, Scott Oberg cruised through 1.2 innings of work to get the ball to Davis. The Rockies pay Davis a lot of money to close games, but if he keeps giving up runs they soon could find it more productive to pay him a lot of money to watch Oberg close games instead.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Oberg | Shaw.

June 17, 2019
Colorado Rockies – The Padres managed to win a game on Sunday in which their starter allowed 9 runs in 1.1 innings, and it was in part due to another brutal outing from Wade Davis, who has now allowed 7 earned runs in 4.1 innings since returning from the IL. Scott Oberg, meanwhile, continues to cruise along with a 1.67 ERA. Davis could be on thin ice.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Oberg | Shaw.

June 8, 2019
Colorado Rockies — Wade Davis returned from the IL to pitch the ninth inning in a four-run game. He gave up a pair of hits, but no runs. Davis returns right back to the top of this hierarchy, while Scott Oberg and Bryan Shaw will slide back to their earlier spots.

Updated hierarchy: Davis | Oberg | Shaw.

June 7, 2019
Colorado Rockies — Wade Davis is feeling good and could return to action as early as this weekend. Scott Oberg nailed down his third save Thursday and has filled in admirably, but will give the job back to Davis when the time comes.

Hierarchy remains: Oberg | Shaw | Estevez.

June 2, 2019
Colorado Rockies — After a ninth-inning error extended the game and a double cut the Rockies lead to two, Scott Oberg was summoned for the last out of the game.  He was able to induce a ground out from the only batter he faced to pick up his second save of the season.  Meanwhile, Wade Davis had no problems after his bullpen session, which was the first since his injury.   Although there is no exact timetable for his return, it should be relatively soon barring any setbacks.

Hierarchy remains: Oberg | Shaw | Estevez.

June 1, 2019
Colorado Rockies — The Rockies won in a blowout last night, but the news from the bullpen is that Wade Davis is close to returning. He has started a throwing program and threw a bullpen session. Davis will resume closing for the Rockies once he returns, so it’s time to squeeze any last value out of Scott Oberg and company.

Hierarchy remains: Oberg | Shaw | Estevez.

May 29, 2019
Colorado Rockies — Chad Bettis retired three of the four hitters he faced in the eighth inning to keep the Rockies ahead, 4-2. When Colorado added two more runs in the ninth, Bettis returned to the hill and used a 1-2-3 inning to earn his first career save. Bettis, who began the year in the rotation, has turned in six scoreless outings over his last seven appearances out of the bullpen. He may be in line for more holds, especially multi-inning holds, if he continues to pitch well. He certainly came through for a tired Rockies bullpen on Tuesday, with Scott Oberg and Bryan Shaw desperately needing an off day.

Hierarchy remains: Oberg | Shaw | Estevez.

May 23, 2019
Colorado Rockies — As we told you yesterday, Scott Oberg will fill in as the Rockies’ closer while Wade Davis recovers from an oblique injury. Davis’s injury is not believed to be severe.

Updated hierarchy: Oberg | Shaw | Estevez.

May 22, 2019
Colorado Rockies – The Rockies placed Wade Davis on the IL with an oblique strain. Look for Scott Oberg to close in his place for the time being.

Updated hierarchy: Oberg | Shaw | Estevez.

May 13, 2019
Colorado Rockies – The Rockies were hoping that a struggling Seunghwan Oh could close out a 7-run blowout on Sunday, but the righty struggled, and needed Scott Oberg’s help to finish out the game. Oh now has a 10.05 ERA on the year, and we’d expect the Rockies to give more chances to Bryan Shaw and Carlos Estevez until Oh returns to form.

Updated hierarchy: Davis | Oberg | Shaw.

February 21, 2019
Colorado Rockies – With Adam Ottavino and his Bambino-baffling slider off to the Bronx, the Rockies will rely on veterans like Scott Oberg, Seunghwan Oh, and Bryan Shaw to get the ball to $18 million closer Wade Davis. Mike Dunn and Jake McGee are still around too, hoping to move past their disappointing 2018 seasons and finally give Colorado a bullpen that produces in line with its high price tag.

Starting 2019 hierarchy: Davis | Oberg | Oh.
Holds candidates: Oberg, Oh, Shaw, Chris Rusin.

September 28, 2018
Colorado Rockies — The Rockies, Dodgers, and Cardinals are fighting for two available playoff spots (well, the Cardinals have a shot at only one of them, as either the Cubs or Brewers will win the NL Central). Expect the next three games to be pseudo-playoff games, featuring the team’s best bullpen arms. So a rested Wade Davis, who nabbed a save Thursday night, may be used plenty this weekend for the Rockies.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Ottavino | Oh. 

September 6, 2018
Colorado Rockies — There was only one vulture save option on the board yesterday, but it was a profitable one, as Adam Ottavino did in fact secure a save in Wade Davis’s absence.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Ottavino | Oh. 

August 19, 2018
Colorado Rockies — Wade Davis converted his 34th save of the season on Saturday night.  Since giving up three runs on August 9th, Davis has strung together four straight scoreless appearances, picking up a win and two saves during that time.  He may be back on track and seems to have cooled down his hot seat for now.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Ottavino | Oh. 

August 11, 2018
Colorado Rockies — One night after Wade Davis had another rough outing, Adam Ottavino shut the door in the ninth inning for his fifth save of the year. Ottavino’s ERA now sits nearly four full runs better than Davis’. Davis has taken the loss in three of his last four appearances, though he claims to have found some easy fixes to his issues. Bud Black still has not officially made a change at closer, but the Rockies still have playoff ambitions and Ottavino’s numbers are too good to ignore. You should pick Ottavino up if he is still available in case Black finally makes a decision and removes Davis from the ninth inning.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Ottavino | Oh. 

August 10, 2018
Colorado Rockies — Wade Davis’s days as Rockies closer are numbered — or they should be, after Thursday night’s loss sent his ERA soaring to 5.51 and turned the Rockies’ official Twitter account into a group therapy session. Adam Ottavino has been dynamite this year and would likely have the job all to his lonesome if Davis is removed from the role.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Ottavino | Oh. 

August 6, 2018
Colorado Rockies – Wade Davis got a second day off after blowing consecutive games on Thursday and Friday, but Adam Ottavino couldn’t hold the 9th inning lead in his place. Instead, the Rockies needed an extra-inning rally, leaving the save chance to Seung-Hwan Oh, who converted.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Ottavino | Oh. 

August 4, 2018
Colorado Rockies — Wade Davis was given a lead for the second night in a row, and for the second night in a row he blew the save and took the loss in walk-off fashion. Last night it was a three-run homer by Eric Thames that handed Davis his 6th blown save of the year. It may not be his last blown save, though, as after the game Bud Black said that Davis will remain closer and that he will be fine. We’ll see just how long Black keeps his faith in Davis and his 5.09 ERA though, as Adam Ottavino pitched a clean 8th and has a sparkling 1.35 ERA. With the Rockies trying desperately to hang in the playoff race, Davis should be on a short leash.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Ottavino | Oh.

July 28, 2018
Colorado Rockies — Adam Ottavino shut the door on Oakland last night to pick up his fourth save of the year. After the game, manager Bud Black said that Wade Davis was getting some extra rest after a couple tough outings against the Astros. We expect that Davis will be available today.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Ottavino | Oh.

July 26, 2018
Colorado Rockies — We expect newly-acquired Seung-Hwan Oh to shore up the seventh inning for the Rockies. Oh might not be “The Final Boss” anymore, but he’s still a pretty tough one: think Mouser or Bald Bull.

Updated hierarchy: Davis | Ottavino | Oh.

July 21, 2018
Colorado Rockies — Adam Ottavino got the last out of the 8th inning and stuck around for the 9th to record his third save of the year. Wade Davis was recovering from an illness and had been sent back to the hotel prior to the game. Bud Black did not indicate how serious the illness was, so we expect Davis to be day-to-day going forward.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Ottavino | McGee.

July 12, 2018
Colorado Rockies — Bryan Shaw is back from the disabled list and predicting a return to form commensurate with his large contract.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Ottavino | McGee.

July 1, 2018
Colorado Rockies — As predicted by the Vulture Save Watch, Wade Davis got the day off on Saturday and Adam Ottavino recorded his second save of the season.  Ottavino should continue to see save chances when Davis is unavailable.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Ottavino | McGee.

June 22, 2018
Colorado Rockies — The Rockies bullpen has been taxed lately, so (as predicted) manager Bud Black took his chances with an overworked Jake McGee with a lead in the ninth. McGee allowed a run but delivered his first save of the season. He has now pitched in four of five. Adam Ottavino and Wade Davis (who each previously pitched in three out of four) were held out. Score a second partial win for the Vulture Save Watch!

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Ottavino | McGee.

June 20, 2018
Colorado Rockies – Wade Davis’ struggles continued on Tuesday as he allowed two runs (one earned) in an eventual 10-8 win. Davis now sports a 4.71 ERA (14.29 in June) and his owners should remain concerned that Adam Ottavino (0.85 ERA) will soon be taking over as closer.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Ottavino | McGee.

June 18, 2018
Colorado Rockies – After allowing four runs in a walkoff loss to the Rockies, Wade Davis now has a 15.43 ERA across six outings in June. With Adam Ottavino fresh off the DL and still pitching like an All Star, Davis needs to start looking over his shoulder, and his owners should consider handcuffing with Ottavino, if he’s available.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Ottavino | McGee.

June 15, 2018
Colorado Rockies — Ace reliever Adam Ottavino was activated from the disabled list on Thursday and should immediately return to his spot setting up closer Wade Davis.

Updated hierarchy: Davis | Ottavino | McGee.

May 29, 2018
Colorado Rockies – Bryan Shaw has not been good lately in place of the injured Adam Ottavino. In his last eight appearances, Shaw owns a 16.71 ERA. That includes Tuesday’s disastrous ninth inning in which he allowed three runs on five hits before Wade Davis bailed him out to clinch a 9-6 win. Shaw will probably still get some high-leverage work in Ottavino’s absence, but the slightly less worse Jake McGee has surpassed Shaw for now in the Colorado bullpen.

Updated hierarchy: Davis | McGee | Shaw.

May 29, 2018
Colorado Rockies – Adam Ottavino has been placed on the disabled list with a sore left oblique. The team considers the injury to be minor, so he’ll likely be back in two weeks or so. Look for Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee to see their share of holds increase.

Updated hierarchy: Davis | Shaw | McGee.

May 19, 2018
Colorado Rockies – With a three-run lead on Friday, the Rockies turned to Bryan Shaw in the 7th inning. Shaw stayed on to pitch a clean 8th to pick up his 10th hold of the year. Shaw has only given up one run in his last 10 appearances, lowering his ERA from 7.11 to 4.43. Meanwhile, Jake McGee has been left out of some close games recently. Both McGee and Shaw have been subject to some pretty severe home-road splits (even for Colorado), but it seems that Shaw is slightly ahead of McGee in Bud Black’s mind for now.

Updated hierarchy: Davis | Ottavino | Shaw.

May 7, 2018
Colorado Rockies – With Wade Davis getting the afternoon off, Adam Ottavino picked up his first save of the season. Ottavino has quietly been maybe the single best reliever in all of baseball thus far, with 35 Ks in 19 innings and only one earned run allowed all season, and should be owned in virtually every format.

Hierarchy remains: Davis | Ottavino | McGee.

April 28, 2018
Colorado Rockies — Adam Ottavino has remained lights-out this season (0.60 ERA; 0.47 WHIP; 28 K in 15 IP), and the Rockies are using him to set up Wade Davis, with Jake McGee relegated to the seventh-inning role.

Updated hierarchy: Davis | Ottavino | McGee.

April 14, 2018
Colorado Rockies — Adam Ottavino has been on fire to start the season, racking up 18 strikeouts in his 8.2 innings, and he picked up his third hold of the season by closing out the eighth Friday night. Bryan Shaw has been good, pitching a clean seventh inning ahead of Ottavino, but Ottavino’s recent usage suggests he’s ahead of Shaw at this point.

Updated hierarchy: Davis | McGee | Ottavino.

April 3, 2018
Colorado Rockies – Jake McGee got his second hold of the year on Monday, pitching the 8th inning in a 3-run game. The season is only a few days old, but early usage suggests McGee is the clear handcuff for offseason acquisition Wade Davis.

Updated hierarchy: Davis | McGee | Shaw.

February 28, 2018
Colorado Rockies – The Rockies have the most expensive bullpen in baseball after they signed Wade Davis to a three-year, $52 million contract. They also snagged righty Bryan Shaw in the offseason and re-signed lefty Jake McGee to hefty contracts, and we’ll see if the Rockies get the bang for their buck that they expect. Those three guys are the key arms, but Adam Ottavino and Mike Dunn will also be in the mix for some holds during the season.

Starting 2018 hierarchy: Davis | Shaw | McGee.
Holds candidates: Shaw, McGee, Ottavino, Dunn.

September 13, 2017
Colorado Rockies – The Vulture Save Watch correctly predicted that Greg Holland would be unavailable on Tuesday. However, the Rockies also rested Jake McGee and Pat Neshek. Scott Oberg pitched the eighth inning and then got the first out of the ninth before ceding to Chris Rusin. The lefty recorded the final two outs for his second career save. Bud Black calls Rusin the team’s “Swiss Army knife,” and while he hasn’t officially cracked our hierarchy, don’t be too surprised if he gets more high-leverage looks over the final weeks of the season.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | McGee | Neshek.

September 12, 2017
Colorado Rockies – After being temporarily demoted to committee status, Greg Holland seems to have worked out his issues and last night collected his fourth save in seven days. Given his recent issues, a few hiccups could lead to a quick re-installation of the committee, but for the time being, we don’t see anyone else in the Colorado bullpen getting save opps as long as Holland is rested.

Updated hierarchy: Holland | McGee | Neshek.

August 28, 2017
Colorado Rockies – With Greg Holland unavailable due to a scheduled rest day, the Rockies went with Jake McGee in the 9th inning to close out a 3-0 victory over the Braves. If Holland is unable to make his slider great again, McGee seems like the guy to replace him at this point. He has closing experience, of course, and while Pat Neshek is having a better year, the 36-year-old seems more content to stay in a set-up role — as he did when a similar situation arose with the Phillies earlier this season. Since Holland was not going to pitch yesterday, we can’t yet say for certain that he’s no longer the lead option for saves, but this situation remains very fluid, with the next few outings key to how things shake out.

Hierarchy remains: *Holland | McGee | Neshek.
* = closer-by-committee

August 27, 2017
Colorado Rockies — Greg Holland entered the ninth inning last night trying to protect a three run lead.  He recorded only one out, while giving up a two runs on three hits.  Jake McGee replaced Holland and got a double play to end the game.  Holland’s month of August has been atrocious. His ERA for the month is 15.12, and he has three blown saves (plus he was on his way to a fourth blown save last night).  Bud Black said after the game that they would talk about replacing Holland in the closer’s role, but no changes have been confirmed yet.  Given how bad he has been this month, we figure the Rockies have to back off Holland, at least temporarily.  We will slap the committee on there for now, and slide McGee up to first in line with the thought that the Rockies might keep Neshek in his eighth inning role like the Phillies did earlier this season.  If anything more definitive is announced today, we will be sure to let you know.

Updated hierarchy: *Holland | McGee | Neshek.
* = closer-by-committee

August 25, 2017
Colorado Rockies — Greg Holland, reeling after an awful month, pitched a clean ninth Thursday, retiring the side on just seven pitches. It’s an encouraging sign for Holland owners, who probably have benched him by now until he shows he consistently has his act together. Another encouraging sign? Manager Bud Black said he’ll remain closer (for now). Another blow-up or two, however, could prompt a change at the back end.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Neshek | McGee.

August 24, 2017
Colorado Rockies —  Greg Holland had a rough Wednesday against his former club, giving up three runs as he recorded his third blown save this month in a walk-off loss to the Royals. After the game, Bud Black said that his initial instinct is to keep Holland as his closer, though he will talk about it. Holland’s last two outings have been disastrous, as he also allowed three earned runs on August 19. Nearly untouchable over the first three months of the season, Holland has now given up nine earned runs in August and is firmly on the hot seat in Colorado.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Neshek | McGee.

August 10, 2017
Colorado Rockies — Even though Wednesday’s game went 12 innings, Bud Black managed to rest Greg Holland and Pat Neshek. Jake McGee pitched in the eighth and ninth, and Tyler Chatwood made his first appearance since being moved to the bullpen, picking up his first save in five years. Chatwood is the only pitcher this season with both a save and a shutout, and he’s the first guy to do it since — *drum roll* — Matt Andriese in 2016. That answer is kind of a letdown, I’ll be honest with you.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Neshek | McGee.

August 9, 2017
Colorado Rockies — Jake McGee is no longer on the DL, but he has still yet to pitch since July 25. It was a bit curious that McGee wasn’t summoned at all in a 1-0 game last night, especially when the Rockies twice played the matchups against left-handed hitters, but perhaps Bud Black is hoping to ease McGee back into the late innings.

Updated hierarchy: Holland | Neshek | McGee.

August 3, 2017
Colorado Rockies — Day-to-day with a cut on his pitching hand (the knuckle of the forefinger) after a kitchen accident, Greg Holland pitched in a tie game in the ninth inning Thursday and got the win when the Rockies scored in the bottom half. Manager Bud Black was willing to wait for Holland to heal, but said he wasn’t too worried, as the two had a conversation about an upcoming roast instead of the cut before Thursday’s game.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Neshek | Dunn.

August 3, 2017
Colorado Rockies — Greg Holland cut his index finger in a kitchen mishap on Tuesday and is day-to-day.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Neshek | Dunn.

August 1, 2017
Colorado Rockies – The Rockies already made their bullpen-bolstering move, adding Pat Neshek a few days ago, and as it turned out, the move couldn’t have come at a better time, as Jake McGee felt his back tighten up over the weekend and will need a short DL stint. Lefty Mike Dunn has settled in as of late (only 1 ER in 10 July appearances) and might get some matchup-based looks in the 7th and 8th in McGee’s absence.

Updated hierarchy: Holland | Neshek | Dunn.

July 27, 2017
Colorado Rockies — The Rockies added some much-needed bullpen depth with the acquisition of Pat Neshek from the Phillies. Neshek brings an impressive resume (1.12 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 10.04 K/9) to Coors Field, where he will immediately see high-leverage work and potentially a save chance with Greg Holland on paternity leave. Holland will be back sometime during the Rockies’ series against the Nationals, and Bud Black was mum on who would close in Holland’s absence before the Neshek deal. We’ll see how Black plays the new-look bullpen when that series begins on Friday.

Updated hierarchy: Holland | Neshek | McGee.

July 5, 2017
Colorado Rockies — Adam Ottavino had an abysmal June and his struggles have continued into July. On Tuesday, he allowed two homers in the eighth inning of a blowout loss. Ottavino has given up 12 runs over his last six appearances and seen his ERA shoot up to 6.00. Hard to think at this point that if Greg Holland needed a day off it’d be Ottavino and not Jake McGee getting the call for the ninth inning. McGee had struggled a bit at the end of June but has since lowered his ERA to 2.83 with four straight scoreless appearances.

Updated hierarchy: Holland | McGee | Ottavino.

June 10, 2017
Colorado Rockies — Adam Ottavino was activated from the DL and immediately saw action in the eighth inning ahead of Greg Holland. Ottavino looked healthy, pitching a perfect inning with 2 Ks and picking up his 16th hold of the season. A healthy Ottavino is the best option behind Holland for the Rockies, moving Jake McGee back to second in line.

Updated hierarchy: Holland | Ottavino | McGee.

June 9, 2017
Colorado Rockies — Setup man Adam Ottavino says he’s ready to return, and the expectation is that he’ll be activated from the disabled list as early as Friday. The move isn’t official yet, but it’s coming.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | McGee | Rusin.

June 2, 2017
Colorado Rockies — Former closer Jake McGee has been really impressive lately, having not allowed a run since May 12 or a walk since May 4 (1.66 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 30 Ks). He picked up his fourth hold Thursday, pitching the eighth inning in Adam Ottavino’s absence. He’ll likely get any save opportunity when closer Greg Holland is unavailable.

Updated hierarchy: Holland | McGee | Rusin.

May 31, 2017
Colorado Rockies — Adam Ottavino was placed on the 10-day DL thanks to shoulder inflammation. The Rockies called up Carlos Estevez from Triple-A and he rewarded the club by giving up five hits and three earned runs on Tuesday in a low-leverage spot during an eventual 10-4 loss. Chris Rusin and Jake McGee (1.74 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 12.63 K/9) will serve as the bridge to Greg Holland, with McGee riding a stretch of seven straight scoreless appearances and earning the praise of manager Bud Black.

Updated hierarchy: Holland | Rusin | McGee.

May 26, 2017
Colorado Rockies — The Rockies lost Thursday, but the team got a chance to put on display its stable of solid relievers in a tight game. Lately, lefty Mike Dunn (5.79 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) is not one of those pitchers, despite his 10 holds this season. In fact, in his last outing on Wednesday, Dunn allowed two earned runs on a walk and two hits while facing just four batters. We like Chris Rusin, who after another scoreless outing Thursday, has a 2.00 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. He has recorded a few holds lately, too.

Updated hierarchy: Holland | Ottavino | Rusin.

May 24, 2017
Colorado Rockies — One name to keep an eye on is Chris Rusin. He pitched a scoreless 7th inning in an 8-2 win on Tuesday and has now allowed just one run in his last 11 appearances, striking out 15 and walking just two in that span. The lefty is versatile enough to also serve as a long reliever when necessary, but if he continues to pitch well, don’t be surprised to see him pick up some more high-leverage work.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Ottavino | Dunn.

May 7, 2017
Colorado Rockies — Chris Rusin picked up a three inning save on Saturday.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Ottavino | Dunn.

May 4, 2017
Colorado Rockies — Mike Dunn is back with the Rockies and should return to his seventh-inning role.

Updated hierarchy: Holland | Ottavino | Dunn.

April 27, 2017
Colorado Rockies — Back spasms sent Mike Dunn to the 10-day DL, backdated to Sunday. Chad Qualls was activated to replace him, but it looks like Jake McGee will slide into his role, with Qualls and Carlos Estevez also late-inning hold options.

Updated hierarchy: Holland | Ottavino | McGee.

April 8, 2017
Colorado Rockies – With the Rockies bullpen having been put to work early this season, it was Jake McGee who got the call to pick up the vulture save. McGee is feeling healthy, and he looked awesome, striking out the side on 14 pitches. With the rest of the bullpen needing rest, we’d like to see McGee in a couple more high leverage spots before he cracks the hierarchy again, but if the former closer can pitch like he did yesterday, he won’t stay out long.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Ottavino | Dunn.

April 5, 2017
Colorado Rockies — Mike Dunn pitched a clean eighth inning ahead of Greg Holland on Tuesday. This comes after a strong seventh inning on Monday. He has struck out five of the seven batters he has faced and has yet to allow a hit this season. This has come after an outstanding spring. Meanwhile, Jake McGee’s 2017 debut on Tuesday consisted of one batter faced and one hit allowed.

Updated hierarchy: Holland | Ottavino | Dunn.

March 30, 2017
Colorado Rockies — It’s a guessing game in Colorado, where neither Greg Holland nor Adam Ottavino is having a lights-out spring. We continue to believe that it’ll be Holland closing out games for the Rockies.

Hierarchy remains: Holland | Ottavino | McGee.

March 22, 2017
Colorado Rockies — Greg Holland has looked healthy so far in his spring training appearances, and local reporters seem confident that he will start the season as the closer, moving Adam Ottavino into an eighth-inning role.

Updated hierarchy: Holland | Ottavino | McGee.

March 1, 2017
Colorado Rockies — None of this newfangled bullpen fluidity for Bud Black: the Colorado manager is a traditionalist who likes his beer cold, his TV loud, and his closers strictly identified, “dog.” Although that article suggests that Black wants Greg Holland to return to his past ninth-inning greatness, the former Royal has yet to appear in a spring training game, continuing rehab from his 2015 Tommy John surgery. Based on that uncertainty, we’ll give the tentative edge to Adam Ottavino, whose new two-seam fastball looked good in a small sample size last season. Jake McGee and Mike Dunn are likely to fill late-inning roles, with old friends Jason Motte, Chad Qualls, and Carlos Estevez also hanging around (at least for now).

Starting 2017 hierarchy: Ottavino | Holland | McGee.
Holds candidates: Holland, McGee, Mike Dunn.

September 29, 2016
Colorado Rockies — Boone Logan got the first shot at Wednesday’s save, against a lefty-heavy lineup, but when he put two men on, Adam Ottavino was summoned for the last out.

Hierarchy remains: Ottavino | Logan | McGee.

September 12, 2016
Colorado Rockies – Jake McGee got the 9th inning of a tie game on Sunday, and pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. He’s now logged seven straight scoreless appearances and has fought his way back on to the Rockies hierarchy.

Updated hierarchy: Ottavino | Logan | McGee.

September 9, 2016
Colorado Rockies – The Rockies activated Jason Motte from the 15-day disabled list. He had been on the DL since late July with a rotator cuff strain. We’ll monitor how Walt Weiss uses Motte (5.66 ERA) in the coming days.

Hierarchy remains: Ottavino | Logan | Estevez.

August 28, 2016
Colorado Rockies – Up until yesterday, Adam Ottavino’s ERA for 2015 and 2016 matched his jersey number; 0.  Ottavino blew the save on Saturday while giving up his first run since September 2014.  Ottavino had the longest active scoreless streak in the majors, but it was ended by the Washington Nationals, who ended Zach Britton’s streak just a few days earlier.

Hierarchy remains: Ottavino | Logan | Estevez.

August 23, 2016
Colorado Rockies – Right-hander Scott Oberg was placed on the 15-day disabled list with the very scary sounding condition “axillary artery thrombosis.” Carlos Estevez, who closed for the Rockies for a time despite a 5+ ERA, was recalled from Triple-A to replace Oberg. Boone Logan has been fantastic this year, so we expect him to get the 8th ahead of Ottavino going forward, while Estevez’s former experience in the closer role pushes him on to the depth chart right away.

Updated hierarchy: Ottavino | Logan | Estevez.

August 18, 2016
Colorado Rockies — We knew Adam Ottavino was likely to get a night off, but it was a bit surprising to see Scott Oberg earn the save. It’s been a revolving door in front of Ottavino, with Oberg, Jake McGee, and Carlos Estevez each pitching an eighth inning in front of the closer this past week. Oberg’s numbers aren’t great — and he gave up a home run on Wednesday night — but we’ve got to put him somewhere. Just know that we don’t recommend anyone in this pen past Ottavino.

Updated hierarchy: Ottavino | Oberg | Logan.

August 12, 2016
Colorado Rockies – Adam Ottavino picked up his first save of the season Thursday. It was his first since April 24, 2015, before he was shelved and had to undergo Tommy John surgery. Ottavino will likely remain the Rockies closer for the rest of the year.

Hierarchy remains: Ottavino | Logan | McGee.

August 10, 2016
Colorado Rockies — As we had been predicting for a while, Walt Weiss decided to go back to Adam Ottavino “for the most part” in the closer’s role. Carlos Estevez will slip back to at least fourth-chair, behind Ottavino, Boone Logan, and Jake McGee.

Updated hierarchy: Ottavino | Logan | McGee.

August 9, 2016
Colorado Rockies — As we’ve been predicting for a while, Walt Weiss has decided to go back to Adam Ottavino in the closer’s role. Carlos Estevez will slip back to at least fourth-chair, behind Ottavino, Boone Logan, and Jake McGee.

Updated hierarchy: Ottavino | Logan | McGee.

August 9, 2016
Colorado Rockies — This might be the last straw for Carlos Estevez’s job as the Rockies’ closer. Following a couple of miserable outings last week, Estevez melted down last night at Coors Field, coughing up three runs in one-third of an inning for his fifth blown save of the year. After the game, Walt Weiss said he was “not going to talk about roles after the game.” When he does talk about roles, especially whether Adam Ottavino will step in as closer, we’ll let you know.

Hierarchy remains: Estevez | Ottavino | Logan.

August 6, 2016
Colorado Rockies — Carlos Estevez had a rough outing last night, giving up four runs and recording only one out while trying to protect a two-run lead. This meltdown, which snapped a six-game scoreless streak for Estevez, was his second blown save in 13 attempts, and has led to speculation that Adam Ottavino will get the next save opportunity. Ottavino has been outstanding in 14 scoreless appearances since his return from Tommy John surgery; in fact, he hasn’t given up a run in exactly 23 months (25.1 IP). Walt Weiss said in July that he wanted to work Ottavino back into the closer’s role, and this game may serve as a catalyst. This may be your last shot to grab Ottavino before he officially takes over as the closer.

Hierarchy remains: Estevez | Ottavino | Logan.

July 29, 2016
Colorado Rockies — The Rockies could be close to dealing reliever Boone Logan to the Blue Jays, but no deal is in place as of yet. Several other teams are interested in the lefty.

Hierarchy remains: Estevez | Ottavino | Logan.

July 28, 2016
Colorado Rockies — Jason Motte returned to the disabled list on Wednesday with another right shoulder strain. Walt Weiss still doesn’t seem to fully trust Jake McGee, so we’ll elevate fellow lefthander Boone Logan into the hierarchy — but note that Logan has been mentioned in some trade rumors.

Updated hierarchy: Estevez | Ottavino | Logan.

July 19, 2016
Colorado Rockies – Between the emergence of Carlos Estevez, the recent returns of Jake McGee and Boone Logan from the disabled list, and the activation of Adam Ottavino after Tommy John surgery, the Rockies suddenly have a bunch of competent relievers to get them through the late innings. But even with all those arms available, it’s been Jason Motte pitching the 8th inning in close games over the last two days. Ottavino has been used in the 7th in his last two appearances, and McGee has only pitched one third of an inning over the past week, despite Walt Weiss explaining before the All-Star break that he intended to “work him back in” to the late inning mix. We expect Weiss to keep going with what works for now, especially following last night’s win.

Updated hierarchy: Estevez | Ottavino | Motte.

July 10, 2016
Colorado Rockies — Adam Ottavino maintained a pristine 0.00 ERA in his third appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery. Walt Weiss has said that Ottavino is a “big league closer,” and that he will try to get Ottavino back into that role, so if you’re looking for a speculative add, you could do a lot worse. He seems to have moved ahead of Jake McGee, but still has some work to do in order to pass Carlos Estevez.

Updated hierarchy: Estevez | Ottavino | McGee.

July 10, 2016
Colorado Rockies — Jordan Lyles picked up the second three inning save of Saturday in a Rockies’ five run victory.  Lyles does not figure into the Rockies’ regular late inning plans.

Hierarchy remains: Estevez | McGee | Ottavino.

July 6, 2016
Colorado Rockies — Adam Ottavino officially made his return from Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in his first appearance since April 25, 2015. He struck out the only batter he faced in a 7-3 victory. Ottavino is expected to ease back into game action, but manager Walt Weiss said it won’t be long before the righty is pitching in high-leverage situations.

Updated hierarchy: Estevez | McGee | Ottavino.

July 3, 2016
Colorado Rockies — Jake McGee was activated from the DL on Saturday.  He started the seventh inning with the Rockies down three runs, and struck out the first batter he faced.  Unfortunately, he gave up a double and walk to the next two batters and got pulled after throwing 22 pitches.  Manager Walt Weiss has not said whether or not McGee would regain the closer’s role.  Carlos Estevez has pitched well in McGee’s absence, and we will leave him in the closer spot for now (and as of this post, Denver Post readers agree).  We will continue to monitor this and let you know when Weiss announces his plans moving forward.

Updated hierarchy: Estevez | McGee | Motte.

June 30, 2016
Colorado Rockies — After two rehab outings, Jake McGee is expected to return from the disabled list on Saturday — but Walt Weiss refused to commit to a set role for the lefthander going forward, calling the Rockies’ bullpen situation “ever-evolving.” If Gigalith hits the hierarchy, don’t say he didn’t warn you.

Hierarchy remains: Estevez | Motte | Germen.

June 26, 2016
Colorado Rockies — Gonzalez Germen recorded his first save of the season yesterday.  Germen came on to get the last out the eighth inning and stayed on for the ninth after the Rockies added some insurance runs.  Boone Logan has been used as a LOOGY lately, he has gone less than a full inning in his last seven appearances so German could continue to see more time in the later innings for the Rockies until Jake McGee returns.

Updated hierarchy: Estevez | Motte | Germen.

June 13, 2016
Colorado Rockies – A day after being named closer, Carlos Estevez needed a night off due to recent workload. In his stead, the Rockies played matchups in the 9th, with Jason Motte starting off the inning and then Boone Logan picking up the last out for his first save of the year. You can expect to see something similar on nights when Estevez isn’t available in the future.

Hierarchy remains: Estevez | Motte | Logan.

June 12, 2016
Colorado Rockies – Jake McGee was placed on the DL yesterday and rookie Carlos Estevez recorded the save in his place.  Jason Motte was originally sent out for the 9th but after he allowed a double and hit a batter, he was pulled for Estevez.  After the game, manager Walt Weiss named Estevez the closer while McGee is out.

Updated hierarchy: Estevez | Motte | Logan.

June 11, 2016
Colorado Rockies – The Rockies have placed closer Jake McGee on the disabled list. They have yet to name a replacement, but a committee led by flamethrower Carlos Estevez and Boone Logan is a possibility. Chad Qualls is having a bad year, but also has the experience. Check back for updates.

Updated hierarchy: *Estevez | Logan | Qualls.
* = closer-by-committee

June 11, 2016
Colorado Rockies — Jake McGee got two quick outs with a two-run lead before giving up four straight hits, including a three-run homer, to blow his third save of the year. Before Friday night, McGee had given up only one run in his last 12 appearances, but his peripheral numbers have been weak. His K rate is nearly half of what it’s usually been and his velocity has continued to drop, so it’s not a surprise that opponents are batting over .300 against him. McGee’s job is probably safe for now, but with Carlos Estevez pitching well and Adam Ottavino planning a return at the All-Star break, he shouldn’t get too comfortable.

Hierarchy remains: McGee | Estevez | Logan.

June 7, 2016
Colorado Rockies — Boone Logan has been reinstated from the DL following a stint with a strained shoulder. Twenty-one year old flamethrower Miguel Castro was sent down to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Logan’s return.

Updated hierarchy: McGee | Estevez | Logan.

May 26, 2016
Colorado Rockies — Jason Motte is back from the disabled list, but taking his place will be Boone Logan (strained shoulder). Walt Weiss intends to ease Motte back into things, so for now, Miguel Castro moves to second in line.

Updated hierarchy: McGee | Estevez | Castro.

May 22, 2016
Colorado Rockies — Carlos Estevez pitched the eighth inning of a tie game last night and ended up getting the win after the Rockies scored four runs in the top of the ninth.  Estevez now has a win and five holds in his last six appearances.  In other Rockies’ bullpen news, Miguel Castro was activated from the DL a few days ago and could work his way back onto the hierarchy shortly.

Updated hierarchy: McGee | Estevez | Logan.

May 18, 2016
Colorado Rockies — Carlos Estevez converted his fifth straight hold on Tuesday while Chad Qualls has not pitched since a blown save on May 11. Estevez, who has closing experience from over two decades ago, has allowed just two hits and one earned run in his last six appearances.

Updated hierarchy: McGee | Logan | Estevez.

April 30, 2016
Colorado Rockies — Jason Motte had a good bullpen session on Friday in his rehabilitation from a sore shoulder, and will travel with the team on its upcoming road trip. There’s still no target date for his return, however.

Hierarchy remains: McGee | Qualls | Logan.

April 23, 2016
Colorado Rockies — Miguel Castro joined Jason Motte on the disabled list Friday, caused by inflammation in his right shoulder. It ain’t pretty, what’s left behind Jake McGee in the Rockies pen: new set-up guy Chad Qualls has a 6.35 ERA, Justin Miller averages two baserunners an inning, and Christian Bergman is giving up hits to everyone he doesn’t strike out. We’ll give the slot to lefty Boone Logan for now, but callup Gonzalez Germen could make it his before long.

Updated hierarchy: McGee | Qualls | Logan.

March 31, 2016
Colorado Rockies – Jason Motte, who was in contention to close for the Rockies, will likely start the season on the disabled list. Jake McGee should still get the first shot at closing games, but Miguel Castro and Chad Qualls are also options.

Updated hierarchy: McGee | Castro | Qualls.

March 24, 2016
Colorado Rockies – Manager Walt Weiss is in no rush to name a closer, but while the ninth inning is no closer to being decided upon, hard-throwing Miguel Castro may have impressed enough this spring to get a shot in the seventh inning.

Updated hierarchy: McGee | Motte | Castro.

March 2, 2016
Colorado Rockies – Jake McGee came to Colorado in an offseason trade, and should slot in as the team’s closer after Adam Ottavino hit the 60-day DL. The team also signed veterans Jason Motte and Chad Qualls to bolster the bullpen. In addition, the Rockies have two young arms, in Jairo Diaz and Justin Miller, who throw hard and impressed last season.

Starting 2016 hierarchy: McGee | Motte | Qualls.
Holds candidates: Motte, Qualls, Miller.

September 16, 2015
Colorado Rockies — In a 16-inning affair that saw the Rockies use a major league record 13 pitchers, it was Gonzalez Germen who eventually got the save. He may not factor into Colorado’s late-inning plans, but he certainly factors into their late-late-inning plans.

Hierarchy remains: Axford | Diaz | Miller.

September 12, 2015
Colorado Rockies — Justin Miller, who spent July and much of August getting high-leverage work for Colorado, has been moved back into that role since returning from Albuquerque. Miller pitched the seventh after Scott Oberg on Thursday, and entered a tight eighth on Friday night to strike out Nelson Cruz.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Diaz | Miller.

September 8, 2015
Colorado Rockies — The only bright spot in the Rockies’ car wreck of a bullpen lately has been Jairo Diaz, a 24-year-old righty who has allowed only 1 run in 8 innings of work this season. His peripherals aren’t great, but any form of production means that Walt Weiss gives you a shot, and yesterday, Weiss combined Diaz with lefty specialist Boone Logan to get through the 8th inning. Good enough for us.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Diaz | Oberg.

September 3, 2015
Colorado Rockies — Justin Miller, who was recalled from Triple-A prior to Wednesday’s game, was used to protect a three-run lead in the 8th inning, then stayed on for the 9th to pick up his first save after the Rockies scored two more in the bottom half of the frame.

Hierarchy remains: Axford | Oberg | Diaz.

August 29, 2015
Colorado Rockies — John Axford has pitched well since regaining the closer role, but the rest of the Colorado bullpen continues to stink. Friday, the team sent Tommy Kahnle down to Albuquerque, leaving Scott Oberg as the only remaining pedigreed reliever — and he celebrated by giving up two runs in a tied eighth to pick up the loss. With no hope of playoff baseball, the Rockies are trying some new guys in the ‘pen, including big-armed Venezuelan Jairo Diaz, who has a 100+ MPH fastball and a plus slider.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Oberg | Diaz.

August 21, 2015
Colorado Rockies — The resurgent John Axford earned his first save since July 10 after shutting down the Nationals Thursday night. What’s more remarkable is that Axford had four blown saves (and three wins) in between his two most recent converted attempts. Scott Oberg pitched the eighth inning ahead of the Ax Man, and has two holds over the last week.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Kahnle | Oberg.

August 19, 2015
Colorado Rockies — John Axford will again close for the Rockies. Walt Weiss announced the move before Tuesday’s game, saying that Axford looked like himself again. Tommy Kahnle will slide down to the set-up role, though he struggled on Tuesday, allowing four earned runs on one hit and three walks.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Kahnle | Miller.

August 18, 2015
Colorado Rockies – John Axford will again close for the Rockies. Walt Weiss announced the move before Tuesday’s game, saying that Axford looked like himself again. Tommy Kahnle slides down to the set-up role.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Kahnle | Miller.

August 10, 2015
Colorado Rockies – John Axford finished off the 7th inning of a tie game, and then stayed on to pitch the 8th, ultimately earning the win when the Rockies pushed a couple runs across against Drew Storen. In a bullpen as shaky as this, that’s good enough for a place on the hierarchy — Axford moves back ahead of Rafael Betancourt, who coughed up the lead in the 6th.

Updated hierarchy: Kahnle | Miller | Axford.

August 9, 2015
Colorado Rockies — Manager Walt Weiss was impressed by Tommy Kahnle’s first save and said he wants him pitching in the ninth inning more often.  We will remove the asterisk for now and hope we don’t jinx him like we seemingly did for Carson Smith when we removed his asterisk.

Hierarchy remains: Kahnle | Miller | Betancourt.

August 8, 2015
Colorado Rockies — Tommy Kahnle continues to look like the best bet for saves going forward for the Rockies; he picked up the first one of his career to celebrate his 26th birthday on Friday night.

Hierarchy remains: *Kahnle | Miller | Betancourt.
* = closer-by-committee

August 6, 2015
Colorado Rockies – So much for John Axford sneaking back in to the closer conversation in Colorado — he gave up 2 runs in the 7th inning last night, and was on the hook for the loss until Fernando Rodney blew the save. His ERA now sits at an ugly 4.59, after being at 0.47 through his first 20 appearances.

Updated hierarchy: *Kahnle | Miller | Betancourt.
* = closer-by-committee

August 5, 2015
Colorado Rockies – Tommy Kahnle was held out of a 10-4 Rockies loss on Tuesday while committee-mates Rafael Betancourt and Justin Miller were both used. Betancourt was knocked around, and drops out of contention for now, while Kahnle continues to look like Walt Weiss’s first choice for saves, and might run with the job if he can close out his first opportunity or two. Another outside possibility is that the Rockies go so long without a save chance that John Axford sneaks back into contention — he’s pitched two scoreless innings since his demotion.

Updated hierarchy: *Kahnle | Miller | Axford.
* = closer-by-committee.

August 3, 2015
Colorado Rockies – We’re three days into the Colorado closer committee, and looking more and more like Tommy Kahnle is Walt Weiss’s first choice. He got the last four outs of a four-run victory on Saturday, and then was held out of Sunday’s game, while Justin Miller and Rafael Betancourt pitched the 6th and 7th innings. Scott Oberg eventually blew it and took the loss. We’ll continue to monitor the situation.

Hierarchy remains: *Kahnle | Betancourt | Miller.
* = closer-by-committee

July 31, 2015
Colorado Rockies — As we predicted Friday morning, John Axford lost his job as Rockies closer after a string of five straight miserable appearances. Walt Weiss said that he had not yet decided who would take over, but name-checked Tommy Kahnle, Rafael Betancourt, and Justin Miller, who had six saves at AAA Albuquerque this season.

Updated hierarchy: *Kahnle | Betancourt | Miller.
* = closer-by-committee

July 31, 2015
Colorado Rockies — Closer John Axford is in what he calls the “ABSOLUTE WORST” stretch of his career now after blowing his fourth straight save Thursday night. He walked in the winning run, throwing just eight of his 25 pitches for strikes in a rough 9th inning. Manager Walt Weiss offered his support for Axford after the game, saying the closer has had a tough week. No kidding. Axford is on the hottest of seats, and if he’s pulled from the closer’s role (which may happen as early as Friday), we expect a committee approach, with Tommy Kahnle in line for the first crack, and Rafael Betancourt and Boone Logan other potential options.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Kahnle | Betancourt.

July 28, 2015
Colorado Rockies – The Rockies picked up Miguel Castro in the Troy Tulowitzki deal, and given the state of their bullpen, he might get summoned to the big leagues soon. For now, though, we suspect that LaTroy Hawkins’s absence means more holds for Rafael Betancourt and Tommy Kahnle. Keep an eye on Betancourt in particular, who has come around as of late, having allowed only one run in his last nine innings pitched; he’s becoming an appealing alternative to closer John Axford, who destroyed his trade value by allowing 12 ERs in his last 11 innings. Axford blew the save last night after the Rockies staged a big rally to take the lead in the top of the 9th.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Betancourt | Kahnle.

July 4, 2015
Colorado Rockies — John Axford returned to the team on Friday and is likely to be reactivated for Saturday’s game. During an incredibly stressful season, Axford has found baseball to be a peaceful haven.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Hawkins | Kahnle.

July 1, 2015
Colorado Rockies –John Axford was placed on the personal inactive list Tuesday night in order to take care of things at home, though thankfully it seems as if his son, who was bit by a rattlesnake earlier this year, is fine. By rule, Axford’s absence must last a minimum of three days, and the Rockies will go to a committee during that time. LaTroy Hawkins, Tommy Kahnle and Scott Oberg were mentioned by manager Walt Weiss as committee members, with Hawkins getting the first chance on Tuesday. The 42-year-old earned his second save of the season and his first since April 7. He has allowed just one earned run in nine appearances since returning to the Rockies’ roster and is the leading candidate for saves in Axford’s stead. Boone Logan was up in the ‘pen if a lefty got into the game for the A’s in the 9th, meaning Weiss is willing to play matchups as well.

Updated hierarchy: *Hawkins | Kahnle | Oberg.
* = closer-by-committee.

June 27, 2015
Colorado Rockies — Rafael Betancourt was activated from the disabled list and immediately pitched the seventh inning in a close game. He will immediately return to high-leverage setup work in front of John Axford, and should soon be considered for vulture save work.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Betancourt | Logan.

June 21, 2015
Colorado Rockies — Tommy Kahnle got the call last night with the Rockies protecting a two run lead in the 7th inning and two men on base. He got a double play ball to get out the inning and then came back to pitch a scoreless 8th.  Kahnle was called up at the beginning of June and has recorded a couple holds to go along with an ERA under 1.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Logan | Kahnle.

June 19, 2015
Colorado Rockies — Righty Brooks Brown was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation, and Scott Oberg (5.55 ERA) had his second awful outing in three games, allowing three runs in an inning on Thursday night. So, who should slot in after John Axford in one of the worst bullpens in the major leagues? Mike Hampton? Pedro Astacio? Jose Jimenez? We’ll go with Boone Logan — who leads the team in holds (13) and averages 11.2 K/9 — and former closer LaTroy Hawkins, who tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts Thursday. It’s also worth keeping an eye on Tommy Kahnle, who has impressed since his major league callup on June 1.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Logan | Hawkins.

June 12, 2015
Colorado Rockies — LaTroy Hawkins was activated from the disabled list and immediately pitched against the Marlins Thursday, allowing two hits and picking up a strikeout in a scoreless inning with the Rockies down six. Let’s see Hawkins get some work when the Rockies have the lead before we bring him back into the hierarchy.

Hierarchy remains: Axford | Oberg | Brown.

June 9, 2015
Colorado Rockies – Having battled a sinus infection and vertigo symptoms for weeks, Rafael Betancourt will spend some time on the disabled list. Throughout his three-week-long illness, Betancourt has struggled mightily, culminating with an on-field tantrum on Saturday. While Betancourt takes time to recover, 29-year-old Brooks Brown should slide in to take his place, but he may not be there for long as LaTroy Hawkins is close to returning to the roster.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Oberg | Brown.

June 8, 2015
Colorado Rockies – A week after Scott Oberg picked up his first career save, he pitched the 8th inning in a tie game (John Axford would pitch the 9th). In the near-term, Oberg seems like the most likely option to get saves when Axford is unavailable, especially with Rafael Betancourt struggling with fatigue.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Oberg | Betancourt.

June 5, 2015
Colorado Rockies — You probably thought you’d never read this name again in the annals of Closer Monkey, but 42-year-old reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who began the season as the Rockies closer, isn’t done yet. Recovering from right biceps tendinitis, Hawkins pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes Thursday night, striking out Cubs super prospect Javier Baez in the process. Hawkins is scheduled to make at least one more appearance in AAA before a possible promotion back to the big leagues, where he could once again factor into the back-end of the Rockies bullpen.

Hierarchy remains: Axford | Betancourt | Oberg.

June 1, 2015
Colorado Rockies – John Axford needed a night off, so Scott Oberg picked up his first career save. Oberg certainly wouldn’t have been our first choice — the 25-year-old rookie has all of 19 big league appearances (3 holds) and hasn’t been especially impressive — but he’s only allowed 1 run in his last eight appearances, so maybe Walt Weiss was playing the hot hand. We’ll tentatively welcome him to the hierarchy and keep an eye on his usage going forward.

Updated hierarchy: Axford | Betancourt | Oberg.

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.