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In the series opener against the Pirates, Jeff Hoffman could not even get out of the fourth inning and the Rockies never stood a chance. Scoring 13 runs certainly didn’t help anything and Hoffman’s four walks gave the Pirates an opportunity to score early and often.
Hoffman’s line was not a pretty one, in addition to his walks, he allowed seven runs and nine hits while only striking out two. A patient Pirates team is the biggest reason for this loss, as the Rockies still managed to score five runs and even had an early lead by scoring three in the first.
But whatever momentum the Rockies had was eliminated quickly as Hoffman could just not get outs. The bullpen was no better as Lyles, Oberg, and Diaz all allowed runs over the final six innings. Eighteen hits and thirteen runs is the quick way to a loss and the Rockies just need to rebound in game two.
German Marquez has a win this year already against the Pirates and the Rockies have some good offensive momentum, despite losing on Friday. With a good, young pitcher and the offense finally rolling, the Rockies can win any game even with a bad performance, but the bullpen needs to do their job much better and the team really has need of an extra bullpen arm, or even two.
With the deadline nine days away, the Rockies are not expected to be big buyers, but they are expected to be buyers and should make at least one move. Some would like to see a bat added along with a bullpen arm. Some want to see a starter, but almost everyone agrees that the bullpen arm is an absolute necessity.