Mark Knudson’s Three Strikes Blog: Rockies new closer needs to come from within; CSU’s fate shows there can’t be a legit college football season, and special sports memories are made by special players


Mark Knudson’s Three Strikes Blog: Rockies new closer needs to come from within; CSU’s fate shows there can’t be a legit college football season, and special sports memories are made by special players

Strike One: How can an MLB team that’s hoping to make the play-offs get off to a nifty 6-2 start and still have things come crashing down at the same time?

For the Colorado Rockies, the answer comes in one word: Closer. As in…they don’t have one.

It’s been a strange start to the abbreviated season for Colorado. A whole lot of things have gone right. They’ve avoided (so far) the COVID-19 plague that has damaged other National League play-off contenders, their starting pitching through the first eight games has been nothing short of outstanding, All-Star shortstop Trevor Story is on fire, Nolan has been golden Nolan and the bullpen – with a couple of exceptions – has been stellar.

Ah, but that one big exception. Wade Davis, the highly paid three-time All-star World Series champ and 2018 NL saves leader, hasn’t been very good. He does have two saves, one of the Indiana Jones variety, and once protecting a three-run lead. But he imploded and blew the save and the game in the club’s first outing at Coors Field. That game was two homers ugly. The next day he landed on the injured list.

Davis’ struggles are a continuation of last season, when he posted an ERA of almost…

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