Bard worked around a walk to throw a scoreless ninth inning and earn the save against the Reds on Friday.
Eugenio Suarez's two-run homer in the eighth inning created a save situation for Bard and the right-hander got the job done on 12 pitches. He has shut the door four times for Colorado, but he also has three blown saves and owns a 6.59 ERA. Clearly, he's still the No. 1 closer option, but Bard should be considered on thin ice in the role.
Bard gave up an unearned run with two strikeouts and two walks during the ninth inning to record the save Wednesday versus San Francisco.
The 35-year-old walked the first two batters he faced, and he allowed an unearned run when catcher Dom Nunez committed a throwing error while attempting to foil a stolen-base attempt. Bard picked up the save without surrendering an earned run, but it's hardly an encouraging performance as he threw only 15 of 30 pitches for strikes. He's converted three of five save chances and has an 8.10 ERA, 2.30 WHIP and 13:7 K:BB through 10 innings this season.
Bard (1-2) recorded just one out in the eighth inning while allowing four earned runs on four hits and one walk to take the loss against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Bard was hit hard in eighth, allowing five batters to reach safely, including three straight on extra-base hits. The 36-year-old's ERA has inflated to an even 9.00. He has allowed at least one run in five of his last six relief appearances.
Bard (1-1) allowed one earned run on one hit and one walk without recording a strikeout over one inning to blow the save Tuesday against the Giants. He was credited with the win.
The Rockies took a one-run lead in the top of the ninth inning on a Garrett Hampson home run. However, Bard surrendered a solo homer of his own in the bottom of the inning to blow his second consecutive save chance. After starting the season with four scoreless outings, Bard has now allowed five earned runs across his last five appearances. This stumble likely isn't enough to cost him the closer job, but he'll need to right the ship quickly.
Bard (0-1) took the loss in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mets, giving up two runs on four hits in the seventh inning to blow his first save of the season. He struck out two.
The right-hander got tagged for four straight hits to lead off the final frame, and while Bard did regain his focus and shut the Mets down after that, the damage was done. After Saturday's hiccup he sports a 4.76 ERA, but Bard's 9:3 K:B through 5.2 innings is right in line with last year's impressive comeback.
Bard picked up a two-out save with one strikeout against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Bard was summoned in the ninth inning to put a halt to an rally, as the Diamondbacks had already scored two runs and had two men on with one out. The 35-year-old cleaned things up with ease, sending Josh Rojas down on strikes before forcing Tim Locastro to ground out for the final out of the game. He's now collected two saves in four appearances with a 0.00 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 6:2 K:BB to open the season.
Bard allowed one hit, one walk and a hit batsman while striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save Thursday against the Dodgers.
Bard was given a three-run lead in the ninth inning, but he allowed three of the first four batters he faced to reach base. However, he buckled down with the bases loaded, striking out Matt Beaty before inducing a weak line drive off the bat of Mookie Betts to end the game. Bard is the clear closer in Colorado and managed to convert his first save chance, but he'll need to control his pitches better to experience continued success.
Bard will serve as the Rockies' closer to begin the season, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
Manager Bud Black unsurprisingly said Friday that Bard would handle the ninth-inning duties to begin the season after he ended the 2020 campaign in the role. Right-hander Scott Oberg could compete for save chances once he builds back up to full strength after he underwent surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome in September, but Bard will have the opportunity to secure the role early in the season. Bard converted on all six of his save chances in 2020 and posted a 3.65 ERA and 27:10 K:BB over 24.2 innings.
Bard signed a one-year, $2.925 million deal with the Rockies on Tuesday to avoid arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The 35-year-old returned to the big leagues from a six-year absence in 2020 and delivered a 3.65 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 27:10 K:BB over 24.2 innings while converting all six save chances. Bard finished the campaign as Colorado's primary closer and should enter spring training as the favorite for the job in 2021.
Bard (4-2) picked up the win Thursday against the Giants, allowing one hit and two walks across 2.2 scoreless innings. He struck out one.
Bard entered with one out and the game tied 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth. He kept the Giants off the board through the 10th inning and ended up picking up his fourth win after the Rockies took the lead in the 11th. Overall, Bard has logged 27 strikeouts and a 3.65 ERA while notching six saves on the season.
Bard was credited with the hold in Sunday's win over the Dodgers, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks across one inning. He struck out one.
Bard entered to get the final out of the eighth before running into trouble in the ninth. A hit batter, two singles and a walk ultimately led to the right-hander being replaced by Mychal Givens with two outs. Despite the shaky outing, Bard seems likely to remain Colorado's primary closer during the final week of the regular season.
Bard (3-2) allowed a run on one hit and struck out two over one inning to earn the win Friday versus the Angels.
Bard gave up a go-ahead homer to Anthony Bemboom in the ninth inning, but the Rockies got him off the hook with a five-run rally in the bottom half of the frame. The run was Bard's first in his last five innings. The 35-year-old closer has a 3.79 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, six saves and 25 strikeouts in 19 innings this year.
Bard allowed two walks and struck out one over a scoreless inning to earn the save in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Dodgers.
Bard needed 26 pitches to navigate the outing, but he was able to record a save for the second consecutive game. The right-hander now has a 3.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 23:5 K:BB across 18 innings this season. He seems to have strengthened his grasp on the closer role -- both Carlos Estevez and Mychal Givens pitched before Bard in Sunday's contest.
Bard picked up the save Saturday against the Dodgers, tossing a scoreless inning and allowing one hit while striking out two.
Bard entered the game in the ninth inning staked to a 5-2 lead and made relatively easy work of the Dodgers, allowing only a one-out single to A.J. Pollock. Over his last five outings, Bard has picked up four saves and one win while allowing only one run in five innings. He has a 3.71 ERA on the season and appears to have a firm hold on the closer position in Colorado.
Bard earned the save in Wednesday's 9-6 win over the Giants by retiring the side in order with two strikeouts during the ninth inning.
The veteran right-hander had a nice three-run cushion and took care of the Giants with ease to close things out Wednesday. Bard has a 3.94 ERA, 1.19 ERA and 19:3 K:BB through 16 innings and has converted all four of his save chances this season.
Bard (2-2) earned the win Saturday against the Padres by pitching a scoreless ninth inning and allowing one hit while fanning one.
Bard pitched the top of the ninth inning and allowed a single to Jurickson Profar to kick things off, but he settled down afterwards, inducing Ty France to hit into a double play and striking out Trent Grisham to end the frame in only nine pitches (seven strikes). Bard has allowed runs in four of his last seven relief appearances and owns a 4.35 ERA in 12 outings (10.1 innings) this month.
Bard picked up the save Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. He allowed one run on one hit and two walks while fanning two over one inning. He also hit a batter.
Bard notched his third save of the season, but it wasn't a crisp performance for the 35-year-old -- he walked Kole Calhoun to begin the inning, allowed a run on an RBI single from David Peralta, and he ultimately loaded the bases before striking out Nick Ahmed to close the game. Bard has now allowed runs in four of his last six appearances, compiling a 7.20 ERA in five innings across that stretch.
Bard pitched a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout to earn the save in Monday's 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.
Bard retired Eduardo Escobar and Nick Ahmed with groundouts before fanning Stephen Vogt to end the game. It was a change of pace to see Bard keep runs off the board -- he's allowed a run in three of his last five outings. The 35-year-old is up to two saves with a 4.15 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 15 strikeouts in 13 innings. Carlos Estevez, who has shared closing duties with Bard over the past couple weeks, logged 1.1 scoreless innings before Bard came in to close things out.
Bard (1-2) failed to record an out and allowed a walkoff homer to Cody Bellinger to take the loss Saturday versus the Dodgers.
Bard's second pitch to Bellinger was deposited into the right-field seats to give the Dodgers the win. The 35-year-old Bard has now allowed a run in three of his last four outings. He has a 4.50 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in 12 innings this season. He's recorded a save and a hold in 12 appearances and figures to continue to work in high-leverage situations.
Bard has given up one run in two of his three appearances since recording a save Aug. 11 against the Diamondbacks.
On Aug. 16, Carlos Estevez came in after Bard gave up one run to pick up the save, so Estevez seems like the slight favorite in the current committee. Estevez has also been a bit more effective of late and logged two scoreless frames Thursday against the Astros in a non-save situation. However, Bard might be called on if a save situation were to arise Friday, due to Estevez's recent usage.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/15||vs CIN||L 5-6||1.0||2||0||0||1|
|05/14||vs CIN||W 9-6||1||1.0||0||0||1||0|
|05/12||vs SD||W 3-2||1.2||3||1||0||2|
|05/09||@ STL||L 0-2||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|05/05||vs SF||W 6-5||1||1.0||0||0||2||2|
|05/02||@ ARI||L 4-8||1||0.1||4||4||1||0|
|04/27||@ SF||W 7-5||1||1.0||1||1||1||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||32.0||31||1||0||3||2||0||32||29||31||7.03||1.875|
|2013||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||12.2||13||0||0||0||1||0||6||17||13||6.64||2.459|
|2013||R-Gcl Red Sox||1.2||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||6||1||15.00||5.833|
|2016||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||3.0||8||0||0||1||2||0||1||13||3||24.00||5.333|