The bullpen should be a team strength for the Rockies in 2008. 25-year old righty Manny Corpas will be the stopper again this season. He pitched in 78 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 4-2 with 19 saves, a 2.08 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Corpas will likely be one of the league leaders in saves this season.
32-year old lefty Brian Fuentes will be the top set-up man for the Rockies this season. He pitched in 64 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 3-5 with 20 saves, a 3.08 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Fuentes lost his job as the stopper after hurting his back last season but the Rockies won’t lose many games in which they have a lead after 7 innings as they now have two stoppers.
33-year old righty Luis Vizcaino will likely be the 7th inning guy for the Rockies this season. He pitched in 77 games (0 starts) for the Yankees last season and he was 8-2 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. Vizcaino would be a much better pitcher if he just would throw more strikes as he walked 43 batters in 75.1 innings last season.
38-year old righty Matt Herges is back to give the Rockies solid relief early in games. Herges pitched in 35 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 5-1 with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.
33-year old lefty Micah Bowie will be one of the first pitchers in when the starter has issues. He pitched in 30 games (8 starts) for the Nationals last season and he was 4-3 with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.
28-year old righty Ryan Speier was the final cut before the season opener. He will start the season in AAA but he will likely be the first reliever recalled by the Rockies when they need help. He pitched in 20 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 3-1 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. Speier also pitched in 50 games in AAA last season and he was 1-4 with 33 saves, a 4.38 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: A