Ottavino Conquers Ghosts of Dodger Stadium

Adam Ottavino faced the ghosts of a season past on Monday night.

He won the staredown.

Ottavino's future was in limbo following a stretch that began at Dodger Stadium on June 25 last year. The exclamation point came when he was not included on the Rockies roster for their Wild-Card Playoff game at Arizona last October.

Now, Ottavino did pitch twice at Dodger Stadium last September, but they were low-pressure moments. On Sept. 7 and again on Sept. 10 he pitched the ninth inning against the Dodgers. The Rockies led 9-1 when Ottavino entered on the 7th, and had an 8-0 lead when Ottavino got the call on the 10th, giving up a home run before getting the final out.

There was no comfort zone on Monday night. Ottavino got the call to start the eighth inning with a 2-1 lead, and three batters later he had finished his inning of work, setting the stage for Wade Davis to come on in the ninth and close out the victory.

Now and Then

Ottavino Monday night at Dodger Stadium
Bottom of the 8th, Dodgers Batting, Behind 1-2, Rockies' Adam Ottavino facing 1-2-3
Joc Pederson strikes out swinging at 1-2 pitch.
Max Muncy walks on 3-1 pitch
Justin Turner grounds into a 6-4-3double play on first pitch.
Ottatvino June 25, 2017 at Dodger Stadium
Bottom of the 7th, Rockies, 6-5, Ottavino relieves McGee, runners 2nd and 3rd, two out
Austin Barnes walks on 3-2 pitch, loading bases.
Yasmani Grandal at plate, WP, Justin Turnerr scores; Logan Forsythe to third, Barnes to second. Dodgers trail, 5-6
Grandal still at plate, WP, Forsythe scores, Barnes scores . Dodgers 7, Rockies 6.
Grandal srikes out swinging at 3-2 pitch.
Bottom of the 8th, Dodgers Batting, Ahead 7-6, Rockies' Adam Ottavino facing 8-9-1
Joc Pederson doubles on a 2-2 pitch.
Chase Utley lines to right on 3-2 pitch, Pederson tags and advances to third.
Chris Taylor walks on a 3-2 pitch.
Enrique Hernandez at plate, WP, Pederson scores, Taylor to second. Dodgers, 8-6.
Hernandez at plate, Taylor steals second
Hernandez strikes out on 3-2 pitch
Justin Turner at plate, wild pitch, Taylor scores. Dodgers lead, 9-6.
Turner walks on 3-2 pitch.
Cody Bellinger 2-run home run on 1-0 pitch, Dodgers lead 11-6.
Logan Forsythe singles on a 2-2 pitch.
Greg Holland replaces Adam Ottavino, gives up RBI double to Kenley Jansen before striking out Pederson.

The unraveling off Ottavino beginning with that June day in Los Angeles last year was dramatic, but nowhere near as dramatic as the way he has rebounded in 2018. While the Rockies re-signed lefty Jake McGee and signed free agent Bryan Shaw with the idea they would set up Davis, Ottavino has pitched his way into that eighth-inning role with a dominating start to this year.

The Good, Ugly and Better of Ottavino

W L SV SVO Hld ERA INN H R ER HR BB SO AVG
April 3-June 24, 2017 1 1 0 1 18 3.08 26.1 19 9 9 3 16 33 0.202
W L SV SVO Hld ERA INN H R ER HR BB SO AVG
June 25-Oct. 1, 2017 1 2 0 1 3 7 27 29 21 21 5 23 30 0.282
W L SV SVO Hld ERA INN H R ER HR BB SO AVG
March 29-May 21, 2018 3 0 1 2 11 1.04 26 7 3 3 1 10 45 0.086

Davis, whose three-year, $52 million contract is the largest annual average value of any reliever in history, has been everything the Rockies could have wanted in a closer. He leads the majors with 17 saves. He has failed in two save situations, but the Rockies did win one of those two games. 

Davis Stands Above the Others

Player Team G IP Sv SvOP SV% BS ERA AVG
Wade Davis Col 21 20.1 17 19 89.5 2 2.66 0.171
Edwin Diaz Sea 23 23.1 15 17 88.2 2 1.93 0.117
Brad Hand SD 22 24.1 14 16 87.5 2 2.22 0.163
Jeurys Familia NYM 22 22 13 16 81.3 3 1.64 0.177
Craig Kimbrel Bos 20 19.1 13 15 86.7 2 2.33 0.152
Brad Boxberger Ari 19 18 12 13 92.3 1 2 0.206
Alex Colome TB 21 20.2 10 12 83.3 2 3.92 0.274
Shane Greene Det 22 21.1 10 13 76.9 3 4.22 0.244
Brandon Morrow ChC 17 16 10 11 90.9 1 1.13 0.167
Fernando Rodney Min 18 16.2 10 13 76.9 3 2.7 0.222
Blake Treinen Oak 17 22.2 10 12 83.3 2 1.19 0.216

Source: Stats, Inc.

The efforts of Ottavino in the eighth and Davis in the ninth preserved a victory for German Marquez, who had his most impressive start of the year, and continued to show his ability to dominate hitters on the road. The challenge for Marquez now is to gain the confidence to be a factor at Coors Field, which has not been kind to him this year.

Marquez: At Home on the Road

Home Opponent W L ERA IP H R ER HR BB HB SO AVG
4/6/2018 Atl L 8-3 0 1 13.5 4.2 7 7 7 1 6 0 2 0.35
4/11/2018 SD W 6-4 0 0 8.22 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0.267
4/22/2018 ChC L 9-7 0 1 10.64 3.1 8 6 6 1 1 1 5 0.333
5/10/2018 Mil L 5-2 0 1 10.34 4.2 12 5 5 1 3 1 3 0.394
W L ERA INN H R ER HR BB HB SO AVG
Totals 0 3 10.34 15.2 28 18 18 3 10 3 14 0.394
Road Opponent W L ERA IP H R ER HR BB HB SO AVG
3/31/2018 @Ari W 2-1 0 0 0 5 4 1 0 0 4 0 4 0.222
4/16/2018 @Pit W 6-2 1 0 1.64 6 2 2 2 0 2 0 6 0.162
4/28/2018 @Mia L 4-1 0 1 1.59 6 6 3 1 0 3 0 6 0.197
5/4/2018 @NYM W 8-7 1 0 1.96 6 6 2 2 1 0 0 8 0.212
5/15/2018 @SD L 4-0 0 1 2.25 5 6 2 2 1 1 0 5 0.229
5/21/2018 @LAD W 2-1 1 0 2.06 7 2 1 1 1 2 1 5 0.202
W L ERA INN H R ER HR BB HB SO AVG
Totals 3 2 2.06 35 26 11 8 3 12 1 34 0.202

Tony Wolters was behind the plate on Monday, and has played his way into more regular duty since the season opened. Wolters was initially catching every third game with Chris Iannetta starting two out of every three. Since the final two days of April, however, it has become virtually an alternating approach. Iannetta has caught back-to-back games only once, and Wolters has done it twice in the 20 games.

Catching On

Stat Wolters Iannetta
Games 21 29
GS 20 28
Innings 182 2/3 243 1/3
SB 11 14
CS 6 2
SB% 64.7 87.5
ERA 3.74 4.85
Player Date Opp
Wolters 4/29/2018 Mia
Iannetta 4/30/2018 Chc
Wolters 5/1/2018 ChC
Iannetta 5/2/2018 ChC
Wolters 5/4/2018 NYM
Iannetta 5/5/2018 NYM
Wolters 5/6/2018 NYM
Wolters 5/8/2018 LAA
Iannetta 5/9/2018 LAA
Wolters 5/10/2018 Mil
Iannetta 5/11/2018 Mil
Iannetta 5/12/2018 Mil
Wolters 5/13/2018 Mil
Iannetta 5/14/2018 SD
Wolters 5/15/2018 SD
Wolters 5/17/2018 SF
Iannetta 5/18/2018 SF
Wolters 5/19/2018 SF
Iannetta 5/20/2018 SF
Wolters 5/21/2018 LAD