2023 Player Outlook
The veteran picked a great time to have a career year in 2022 as he saved 34 games to go along with a 1.79 ERA. With a 3.17 SIERA, it was a strong season for Bard as he struck out 10.29 batters per nine innings while pitching around 3.73 walks per nine innings as a 51.7% ground ball rate also helped. There is some concern here as Bard will be pitching in his age-38 season and there is always the possibility that he is traded at the deadline to a contender. Before we get to that point though, Bard should again be a strong source for saves even if there are some concerns from a WHIP perspective with the walks and if there is any regression on the way. The fact that Colorado does not have any other obvious save contenders also helps.