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Logan a consistent presence in bullpen

Logan a consistent presence in bullpen

DENVER -- Left-hander Boone Logan has emerged as a consistent presence in a Rockies bullpen that has several inconsistent members.

Logan (1-0, 2.61 ERA) pitched a scoreless and hitless inning with two strikeouts Saturday night -- not a small feat on a night when the teams combined for 30 hits and the Rockies beat the Mets, 11-10.

Nights like that will occur at Coors. But Logan, 29, in his first year with the Rockies after time with the White Sox, Braves and Yankees, said it's a matter of not succumbing to a defeatist mentality.

"You don't look at it like that because you don't want to go out there without any confidence," Logan said. "It was one of those games. Most of us gave up hits, big hits. But I go into a game the same way, it doesn't matter the situation."

Logan, righty Adam Ottavino and closer LaTroy Hawkins have been the most consistent bullpen members. Veteran righty Matt Belisle and lefty Rex Brothers are battling consistency issues, and the Rockies are carrying rookies Tommy Kahnle and Chris Martin.

The key to helping fellow relievers, Logan said, is based on building their confidence and not hitting them with loads of information.

"Everyone has great preparation here, so I keep it simple," Logan said. "I always like simple things told to me. I don't like things told to me. With Rex, for example, I say, 'It all evens out in the end. If you do everything you need to do to get ready, the old Rexie will come out in the end and you won't even remember struggling.'

"I'd rather leave them alone than give a bunch of information. I let them know I'm here but I never liked it when someone was telling me what I need to do. That's not the kind of help I need. Just find a way until it starts clicking."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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