Herges has also played an integral role in the Rockies' success. The veteran started the season as the closer for Triple-A Colorado Springs and joined the Rockies in July. Herges and Buccholz have provided much-needed quality long relief to a team with several injured starters."You can look at your starters, you can look at the guys who get the wins, but I guarantee you it's those seven, eight guys down in the bullpen who are carrying a major, major workload," Apodaca said. "Those are where the wins come from." In the postseason, the Rockies will look to the bullpen for more than relief -- they'll look for experience, too. Herges and LaTroy Hawkins have the most postseason experience on the team. Herges said there's twice as much pressure in the postseason, but it's also twice as much fun.
"The only thing I say is you've got no idea how awesome the playoffs are, and once you taste it, that's all you can think about as a player," Herges said.And the bullpen's ready to get their taste. "This is all new for me," Fuentes said. "I don't think there's anyone here who's intimidated, but there's a heightened sense of awareness of what's going on around you. I think having those guys down in the bullpen keeping it light, it's just another game."
C.J. Moore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.