Well, after today the competition for the last bullpen slot on the Opening Day roster might have gotten one smaller. Tim Redding, who had been entrusted with a 2-1 Rockies lead, gave up five runs on seven hits out of the bullpen in the seventh and eighth innings as the Rockies lost 6-2, dropping their Cactus League record to 14-11-1.
Now, I'm not a proponent of judging a player based on Spring Training stats, but I just felt like today Redding had an opportunity to show that he could pitch effectively out of the bullpen and didn't come through. His lack of experience in a bullpen role, reputation as a poor chemistry guy, and hideous facial hair decisions had gotten him off on the wrong foot with me and this outing did nothing to change my mind. Hopefully, Joe Beimel can provide a strong performance in his Spring debut monday and seize that last bullpen slot.
Redding's "performance" wasted a nice effort by Aaron Cook, who went six innings and gave up one run on six hits against a White Sox lineup consisting of several MLB regulars, getting 9 of his 13 outs in play via the ground ball. Meanwhile, Ian Stewart and Clint Barmes each had multi-hit games (one double apiece) for Colorado.
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