Shaw (1-3) allowed three runs on three hits over one inning while taking the loss Tuesday against the Dodgers. Shaw came on in the sixth inning tasked to hold a 3-2 lead, but after a single and groundout he allowed back-to-back home runs and was served with the loss and blown save for his second appearance in a row. It's been a bumpy road for the 30-year-old this season, as he now has a 5.92 ERA and 1.56 WHIP through 24.1 innings.
Shaw concluded spring training with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.33 WHIP in six innings pitched. Much of the damage done to the veteran's stat line came courtesy of the home run ball, as he served up four of them in his limited spring action. One silver lining to his rough spring was the nine strikeouts he collected in that span. Overall, it doesn't seem like Shaw's standing in the bullpen is impacted by these struggles since the Rockies tend to focus more on individual adjustments rather than the results during the spring. The 30-year-old appears to still be in line for a prominent late-inning role in the Colorado bullpen.
Shaw has agreed to sign with the Rockies, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports. In seven seasons, Shaw has posted a 3.13 ERA, 2.64 K/BB and 8.0 K/9 across 446.1 innings. The 30-year-old has also impressed with his durability, as he has never seen the disabled list in his career. He worked mainly in a setup/middle-relief role with the Indians last season, and it would seem likely he will do the same in his new surroundings, unless the Rockies are unable to land another reliever.
Shaw (4-6) was tagged with the loss against Minnesota on Tuesday after giving up a three-run homer to Brian Dozier in the eighth inning. He did record a pair of strikeouts, but Shaw put the ducks on the pond for Dozier and then gave up the long ball, leaving him with a 3.55 ERA and 1.21 WHIP -- not exactly spectacular bullpen numbers, but not altogether dissimilar to what he put up last season. Shaw hasn't offered his fantasy owners many surprises, collecting 20-plus holds for the fourth consecutive season in a setup role in front of Cody Allen.
Shaw worked two perfect innings Wednesday while striking out three to record his third save of the season in a 6-5 win over the Angels. Cody Allen and Andrew Miller had both pitched the night before, so manager Terry Francona elected to let Shaw finish the job after he squelched a potential Angels rally in the eighth inning, leaving the tying run stranded at first base. The righty's now thrown 50 pitches over the last two games, so expect him to get a few days off before he's summoned from the bullpen again.