The Coors Effect

July 17, 2009 7:11 AM

Rockies bring back Herges

A familiar face could be coming back to the Colorado Rockies.

Matt Herges signed a minor league deal and will report to Colorado Springs.  Herges, 39, was 2-1 with a 3.55 ERA in Cleveland this year before the Indians designated him for assignment for no apparent reason.

Rockies fans, obviously, will remember Herges for his wonderful 2007 season, when he gave the team strong relief work on their way to a playoff appearance, going 5-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 35 appearances.  That was based on a very lucky .216 BABIP; alas, when that corrected itself in 2008 (Herges had a .347 BABIP that year), the result wasn't pretty: 3-4 with a 5.04 ERA.

Of course, considering the current state of the bullpen, Herges' 2008 season wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, and if he continues to pitch the way he did for Cleveland in the first half, he'll be a clear improvement in the bullpen.  Ostensibly, he's being brought in as insurance just in case Manny Corpas experiences any more setbacks, but right now he'd be an improvement over Juan Rincon, and might even be an improvement over Joel Peralta.  And Josh Fogg, with a 1.86 ERA despite weak peripherals, seems to be living on borrowed time.  So obviously, Herges is around in case the bullpen starts to stink it up further, and not just as some nostalgia for 2007.

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