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Bryan Shaw aiming for a return to form with the Rockies in 2019

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Rockies news and links for March 23, 2019

Getting to the bottom of Bryan Shaw’s dreadful 2018 season and how he’s trying to find himself | The Athletic ($)
Colorado Rockies’ pitchers Bryan Shaw, Jake McGee and Chad Bettis all had their share of struggles in 2018. All three worked out at high-tech pitching factory Driveline over the winter in hopes of returning to past forms in which they have had success. In Shaw’s case, there had been nothing but consistent success at the Major League level prior to putting on a Rockies’ uniform. Two particular problems have been identified with Shaw’s 2018: pitch location and “wayward mechanics,” writes Nick Groke of The Athletic. Rockies’ bullpen coach Darren Holmes offered positive expectations for the veteran right-handed reliver in 2019.

2019 Preview: Will the Rockies Finally Win the NL West? | 5280
Matt Johnson of 5280 Magazine previews the season for the National League West. Key topics for the Rockies surround the second base position, the young starting rotation, Ian Desmond, the bullpen and how successful the team can be in the postseason.

BSN Exclusive: Charlie Blackmon sheds light on his transition to right field | BSN Denver ($)
Drew Creasman of BSN Denver spoke to Charlie Blackmon about his transition to right field. Blackmon says that it is indeed an adjustment, but he has been making his own adjustments accordingly.

McMahon, Hampson shifting mindset in spring | Rockies.com
Ryan McMahon and Garrett Hampson are both expected to factor into the second base mix for the Rockies in 2019, with Hampson also factoring in around the infield and outfield. Thomas Harding of MLB.com discusses how both are trying to translate their spring success over to the regular season.

Six-Word Preview for Every MLB Team in 2019 | Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated features six-word previews for all MLB teams in 2019. I’ll give you a preview with one word for each NL West team to ensure you still have a desire to give the link a click.

Rockies: Enough

Dodgers: Weird

Diamondbacks: Desert

Giants: Fading

Padres: Bright