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Jake McGee reminds us how unpredictable this game is

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Colorado Rockies news and links for Thursday, October 1, 2020

On July 17, the Rockies parted ways with left-hander Jake McGee.

On September 30, he suited up in the postseason for the one seed in the National League.

Jake McGee - Regular Season Stats (2017-2020)

Year Team IP ERA FIP xFIP K% BB% WHIP fWAR
Year Team IP ERA FIP xFIP K% BB% WHIP fWAR
2017 Rockies 57.1 3.61 2.93 3.95 25.3% 7.0% 1.099 1.5
2018 Rockies 51.1 6.49 4.91 4.41 20.7% 7.0% 1.461 -0.2
2019 Rockies 41.1 4.35 6.00 5.38 19.4% 6.1% 1.403 -0.3
2020 Dodgers 20.1 2.66 1.67 2.10 41.8% 3.8% 0.836 0.7

Rockies fans are left with two options:

  1. Loathe McGee’s newfound success from afar. The Rockies essentially paid him to pitch against them.
  2. Empathize for someone who lost their job in late July. His redemption is admirable.

McGee’s first appearance with the Dodgers came on July 24; over his first 8 23 innings, he did not allow a run. He held opponents scoreless in 21 of his 24 appearances this year, and if McGee’s worst outing were erased (8/28; 1/3 IP, 4 ER), he would hold a 0.89 ERA.

(He pitched 1 23 innings against the Rockies this year; he allowed no runs and collected three strikeouts.)

The purpose of this article is not to encourage people to pick a side in that matter, but to simply illustrate how unpredictable this game can be. The 2020 postseason has reflected that unpredictability:

  • Cincinnati’s Amir Garrett allowed the only earned run in the Braves/Reds 13-inning marathon. Garrett posted career figures in ERA, WHIP and strikeout percentage this year.
  • Milwaukee’s Brent Suter walked five batters in the entire regular season. He matched that total on Wednesday night and didn’t complete two innings.
  • The Minnesota Twins won the AL Central for the second consecutive year, only to be outscored 7-2 in the postseason (at home). They extended their consecutive postseason loss streak to 18.
  • Dylan Floro, after posting a 2.59 ERA in 24 13 regular season innings for the Dodgers, was left off Los Angeles’ wild card roster.
  • ESPN’s Alex Rodriguez told us of his love for the sacrifice bunt.

The unpredictability made all eight games on Wednesday feel like March Madness.

We try to make rational sense of an irrational game, and we never truly know what will come next. It can be agonizing for a Rockies fan to watch McGee pitching in a bullpen that was so deep that Floro was turned away. A similar feeling can strike Colorado faithful as they watch D.J. LeMahieu drive in the winning run for the Yankees on Wednesday night.

Maybe—just maybe—some of that unpredictable good fortune can strike the Rockies in 2021.

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McGregor Square construction nearly complete | 9News

The developer said McGregor had a vision for the $365 million project that is now nearly 80% complete. “We have emails from about 15 years ago where he was talking about this, and what’s crazy, it ended up being about what he wanted,” Walsh said.

While Coors Field sat empty for the 2020 season, construction crews continued work on McGregor Square. The new development across 20th Street will give Rockies fans all the more reason to venture back to Coors Field in 2021.

Rockies’ “big three” in rotation a solid building block for 2021 season | The Denver Post ($)

“Had it not been for left-hander Kyle Freeland’s poor outing in the season finale at Arizona, the Rockies would have had three starters — Antonio Senzatela (3.44), Marquez (3.75) and Freeland (4.33) — with sub-4.00 ERAs.”

Colorado has even more reason to be optimistic when it comes to their starting pitchers in 2021. Ryan Castellani has put nine big league starts behind him, and the experience will presumably do him well. Jon Gray has an entire offseason to help alleviate his shoulder discomfort. Peter Lambert is eyeing his return from Tommy John surgery. Ryan Rolison waits in the wings for his MLB debut, and MLB.com has set his ETA for 2021.

A timeline of events shows just how the Rockies 2020 season unraveled | 104.3 The Fan

If you have a history exam on the 2020 Rockies a few years from now, this is the article to read.

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