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Rockies news and links for October 12, 2018

Jon Gray looks to regain strength following disappointing 2018 season | Mile High Sports

Many of us were expecting to see a phenomenal Jon Gray in the 2018 season. While we occasionally saw some glimpses of this, overall, he was something of a disappointment, not even making the playoff roster. Fortunately for the Rockies, other starting pitchers, like Kyle Freeland and German Marquez were able to step up and deliver. Gray plans to use the offseason to build muscle and get his strength and control back. He hopes that the confidence gained from this strength will help with his mental game as well. One of his biggest issues was not being able to find success in high pressure situations. Hopefully, though, he can find his way back and lead the Rockies to success in the 2019 season.

Will the bullpen be a focus of the offseason again? | Rox Pile

A major focus of last year’s offseason was developing the bullpen. GM Jeff Bridich spared no expense in building a super bullpen. Adam Ottavino certainly paid off, but Wade Davis and Bryan Shaw had major issues during the season. Two of the biggest conflicts in the 2018 season was the lack of consistent offense as well as the woes of the bullpen. It seems a safe bet to think that the Rockies will work some more on strengthening their bullpen. The trade market is open, and there are several strong candidates, so we’ll see what kind of moves the Rockies are ready to make.