Shaw has fallen in the Rockies' bullpen hierarchy and was not even a lock to make the 26-man roster when camp was suspended, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
The idea of him being designated for assignment and/or released was more plausible early in camp, but he logged three solid outings in a row before the shutdown. Even though he finished strong, Shaw finished the spring with a 10.38 ERA in 4.1 innings (five appearances). He had a 5.38 ERA in 2019 after logging a 5.93 ERA in 2018. The Rockies owe him $9 million for 2020 and will likely buy him out for $2 million in 2021. Saunders notes that Shaw has been passed by Scott Oberg, Carlos Estevez and Jairo Diaz among Colorado's setup men.
Shaw earned his first save of the season after tossing a perfect frame in the bottom of the 16th in Tuesday's 8-5 win over the Giants.
The Rockies had already used 10 relievers heading into the 16th, so Shaw benefited from the save chance by virtue of being one of the few arms available in the bullpen. Shaw's flawless showing Tuesday isn't enough to compensate for an otherwise unremarkable 2019 campaign, during which he's posted a 5.37 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 70.1 innings.
Shaw (2-2) was the pitcher of record in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Dodgers after giving up a pair of solo home runs and retiring one hitter in relief.
Starter Chi Chi Gonzalez cruised through the first six innings before running into trouble in the bottom of the seventh, when he allowed two of three batters he faced to reach base before being pulled. Shaw was called on to put out the fire and induced a lineout from Enrique Hernandez before surrendering a go-ahead, three-run home run to Russell Martin. Since surprising with a two-inning, six-strikeout performance of this same Dodgers team July 30, Shaw has allowed 11 earned runs over his last 12 innings, ballooning his ERA to 5.54 in the process.
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.
Shaw (calf) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Shaw will be available out of the bullpen against the Diamondbacks after appearing in a pair of rehab outings with Triple-A Albuquerque in recent days. In a corresponding move, the Rockies optioned Jerry Vasto back to the minors.
Shaw (calf) will make rehab appearances Friday and Sunday for Triple-A Albuquerque, Nick Groke of The Athletic Denver reports.
Shaw struggled to a 7.57 ERA prior to going down with a calf strain in late June. If he ends up needing just the pair of rehab appearances, he could be lined up to return Tuesday for the start of next week's mid-week series against Arizona.
Shaw was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a right calf strain.
Shaw has struggled recently, posting a 12.83 ERA in his last 16 appearances (with an additional six unearned runs not accounted for in that figure). He's walked more batters (nine) than he's struck out (eight) over that stretch. Yency Almonte was promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque to take his place in the bullpen.
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.
Shaw pitched the eighth inning Wednesday, allowing a hit and striking out one Tiger en route to his 22nd hold of the season.
The setup man seemed well on his way to a career-worst campaign when August opened, but Shaw has turned things around over the past month and a half. Through his last 19 appearances (18.2 innings), the 29-year-old owns a 2.41 ERA and 24:3 BB:K while converting all 10 of his hold opportunities.
Shaw, who is having one of his worst seasons in years, has been plagued by a major-drop off in the effectiveness of his slider, SB Nation reports.
Now in his seventh MLB season, Shaw owns a career-high 3.51 ERA and is on pace to notch fewer than 20 holds for the first time since 2013. Last year, the setup man owned a career-best 25.1 percent strikeout rate in large part because he induced swinging strikes on 20.6 percent of his sliders. This year, that number is down to 10.8 percent. Shaw's slider is missing the late break that made the pitch so effective in recent campaigns, and without that good movement, he's simply not as useful as he once was in deep formats.
Manager Terry Francona said the acquisition of Joe Smith will allow the skipper to take away some outings from Shaw in hopes of keeping the latter fresh, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Francona may be happy to lighten the load on Shaw, who's on pace to log a career high for innings pitched, but the news certainly isn't great for fantasy owners. The 29-year-old's high-leverage role has him in line to approach 20 holds while nabbing a handful of wins this year.
Shaw (3-4) retired a single batter to collect his third win of the season during Saturday's victory over the Blue Jays.
Shaw entered the game and retired Kevin Pillar in the top of the 10th inning, and then Francisco Lindor hit a solo homer in the bottom of the frame to seal the win. With a 2.76 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and a 7.5 K/9, Shaw is a serviceable fantasy asset in deep leagues, but if closer Cody Allen were ever bumped from his job, Andrew Miller would likely be next in line for saves and not Shaw.
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