Shaw worked around a walk and struck out the other six batters he faced during two scoreless innings of relief in Tuesday's 9-4 loss to the Dodgers. The lights-out showing came out of nowhere, as Shaw owned a modest a 17.9 K% on the season and yielded 10 runs in 5.2 innings over his last seven appearances heading into Tuesday. Thomas Harding of MLB.com suggests the outing could gin up trade interest in Shaw leading up to Wednesday's deadline, though Scott Oberg is probably the most alluring target among the Rockies' bullpen options that might be available.
Shaw failed to retire a batter and was charged with three runs on three hits Tuesday in the Rockies' 9-8 loss to the Astros. Bullpen mate Jake McGee was handed the loss, but it was Shaw who was largely responsible for squandering the Rockies' three-run lead entering the top of the seventh. The right-hander allowed three consecutive doubles to begin the frame before he was mercifully pulled in favor of McGee, who recorded an out and then served up the go-ahead home run to Yuli Gurriel. After a disastrous 2018, Shaw's second season in Colorado is going only marginally better, as he maintains a 4.40 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 44 appearances.
Shaw (2-0) picked up the win against the Giants on Thursday, despite a rough relief outing that saw him give up three earned runs on one hit in Colorado's eventual 12-11 victory. He struck out two and walked two. Shaw had been off to a solid start to the season, but he was tagged with a blown save in this contest after he walked two batters before conceding a three-run homer to Tyler Austin. Shaw's 2.35 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through 23 innings remain solid, but his uninspiring 11:10 K:BB leaves concern the ERA won't remain that low if he doesn't start to cut down on the walks.
Shaw tossed a scoreless inning in relief against the Brewers on Tuesday, striking out one without allowing a baserunner in Colorado's 4-3 loss. Shaw struggled last season with a 5.93 ERA and 1.79 WHIP over 54.2 innings, and also had a rough spring training, but the right-hander is pitching well to start the 2019 regular season. With Tuesday's scoreless outing, Shaw has now yielded just two earned runs over 18 innings, giving him a 1.00 ERA in 15 games. If he can keep it up, he should continue to see steady work out of Colorado's bullpen helping set up for closer Wade Davis.
Shaw has a 5.59 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP through 9.2 innings this spring. The 31-year-old is coming off a rough campaign that saw him post a 5.93 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP over 54.2 innings, and he's offered up similar returns so far in spring training, yielding six earned runs over his 10 appearances. With Wade Davis locked in as Colorado's closer, Shaw wouldn't hold a great deal of fantasy value even if he does manage to turn it around and start providing better ratios.