Rockies fall again, but trade for O’s reliever Givens

On Sunday the Rockies got hammered by the Padres 13-2 in the third game of the teams’ four-game series at Coors Field. Before the game Colorado made what could prove to be a fairly major move by trading for Baltimore right-handed reliever Mychal Givens.

Givens, who primarily uses a fastball that sits in the upper 90s and a hard slider, has been stellar as a setup man for the Orioles this season. He currently sports a 1.38 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 13 innings of work.

“He’s a proven big league relief pitcher who will definitely help us. We’re excited to have him. I know the guys in the clubhouse were excited to see the name. He’s a good one. We’ll use him in the back end of the game to help us win. He’s done that in the past.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said of Givens.

Whether Givens steps into the Rockies’ closer role remains to be seen, but Colorado clearly needs help in its bullpen. Wade Davis (shoulder strain) and Scott Oberg (blood clots) were projected to be Colorado’s closer and setup man to start the season and both are on the IL, with Oberg being out for the season.

The rest of Rockies pen has been fairly shaky aside from the surprise emergence of Daniel Bard.

“This isn’t the first time that we’ve actually asked on Mychal Givens over the past few years. What he has done in the past fits into our later innings. There’s a lot of experience there, a lot of production.

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said of acquiring Givens.

As for whether Colorado will make any more moves before today’s trade deadline Bridich had this to say:

“We certainly have other conversations that are somewhat ongoing. We may or may not be done, I’m not sure. There’s typically a lot of action on the last day of the Deadline.”

Sunday, not fun-day for Rockies

As for the game on Sunday, things started poorly and didn’t get any better for the Rockies. Starting pitcher Ryan Castellani gave up five runnings in just two innings of work and all four relievers who followed gave up at least one run in the loss to San Diego.

As for Colorado’s offense the only real positive came from Nolan Arenado going 2-for-3 with a double and run scored in the loss. Arenado’s average is up to .268 as he continues to try and work his way out of a season-long slump.

Series finale tonight

The Rockies and Padres finish off their four-game series at Coors Field tonight on a game that will be televised on ESPN, only available out-of-market unfortunately, and AT&T Sports Net. Germán Márquez (2-4, 4.50 ERA) will get the start for the Rockies against San Diego’s Garrett Richards (1-2, 5.17 ERA).

Padres continue to load up

On Monday morning the Padres traded for Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger in a blockbuster deal. The trade is the fifth the Padres have made since Saturday.

Along with Clevinger, San Diego has acquired first baseman Mitch Moreland, catchers Austin Nola and Jason Castro, and closer Trevor Rosenthal.

While it would seem like the Padres are going all-in on this season, the fact is a lot of the players they’ve acquired are under contract for multiple season, so they likely will help them in the coming years as well.

Extra bases’s Nike Groke wrote about why the Rockies acquired Givens. And within the piece there was a telling quote from Arenado that I found fairly telling of the state of the team right now.

“Urgency is at an all-time high. We have to find a way to win series and find a way to sneak in.”

Arenado said.

It’s always hard to tell tone, but it sounds almost desperate from the Rockies star.

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