Jaw set, focus unwavering, intensity palpable, Matt Belisle is the bedrock of the Rockies' bullpen.

Over the past three seasons, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound right-hander has pitched 244 innings of relief, ranking second in the majors behind the Washington Nationals' Tyler Clippard (252).

"I call him John Wayne because he's the strong, silent type," said Bill Geivett, the Rockies' director of major-league operations. "Matty is always there for us."

For a team that is a combined 50 games under .500 over the past two seasons, Belisle has been an under-the-radar standout.

"There is an inner ferocity in me that says, 'Look, I'm ready, are you? Here we go,' " said Belisle, 32.