Rockies Relief Anchor Ottavino to DL; Oberg Recalled

In a season of bullpen inconsistency for the Rockies bullpen, Adam Ottavino emerged as the one consistent when it came time to get the game to closer Wade Davis.

Well, it's time for the next man up.

Ottavino is out for at least 10 days, having been placed 10-day disabled list Monday with a left oblique strain.

Ottavino is 3-0 with the one save recorded by a Rockies reliever other than Davis, who leads the NL with 18 saves. He is unscored upon in 25 of 27 outings, and allowed a .092 batting average, second among MLB relievers. He ranks fifth in the NL and eighth in MLB among relievers with a 0.95 ERA.

He also has struck out 45 of 99 batters faced, third among MLB relievers in strikeouts, and fourth in MLB with a 45.5 strikeout percentage.

It is a major rebound from the struggles of a year when Ottavino had a 5.06 ERA, giving up 48 hits and 39 walks in 53 1/3 innings.

Shutting Them Down

Bat Avg Allowed Team Avg. Player Team ERA
Josh Hader Mil 0.081 Jeremy Jeffress Mil 0.32
Adam Ottavino Col 0.092 Brian Duensing ChC 0.54
Edwin Diaz Sea 0.112 Collin McHugh Hou 0.79
Kyle Barraclough Mia 0.115 Dan Winkler Atl 0.84
Jeremy Jeffress Mil 0.122 Kelvin Herrera KC 0.92
Aroldis Chapman NYY 0.125 Edubray Ramos Phi 0.95
Sean Doolittle Was 0.125 Lou Trivino Oak 0.95
Dan Winkler Atl 0.125 Adam Ottavino Col 0.95
Jose Leclerc Tex 0.132 Kirby Yates SD 1
Joe Kelly Bos 0.134 Brandon Morrow ChC 1.04
Blake Treinen Oak 1.04

Source: Stats, Inc.

Oberg was a key reliever in situational work a year ago when he allowed six of 38 inherited base runners to score, a 15.8 percent rate, fourth lowest in the NL and eighth lowest in MLB.

This year, Oberg struggled to open the season, allowing eight earned runs in 11 innings, and seeing 11 of the 13 base runners he inherited to score. That prompted an option to Triple-A Albuquerque on April 24, where Oberg compiled a 1.88 ERA, allowing runs in only two of 12 appearances. 

From the fourth best base runners in the NL in 2017 he has been the least successful in keeping runners from scoring in the NL in 2018 among relievers who inherited 10 or more runners.

Tale of Two Seasons

Best in 2017 Team IR ISc IRS% Worst in 2018 Team IR Isc IRS%
Jorge De La Rosa Ari 33 1 3 Scott Oberg Col 13 11 84.6
Oliver Perez Was 35 5 14.3 Felipe Vazquez Pit 12 9 75
Brian Duensing ChC 33 5 15.2 JT Chargois LAD 12 6 50
Scott Oberg Col 38 6 15.8 Reyes Moronta SF 10 5 50
Oliver Drake Mil 30 5 16.7 Drew Steckenrider Mia 10 5 50
Chris Rusin Col 33 6 18.2 Junichi Tazawa Mia 10 5 50
Jarlin Garcia Mia 42 8 19 Cory Gearrin SF 21 10 47.6
Josh Osich SF 30 6 20 Bryan Shaw Col 13 6 46.2
Jared Hughes Mil 33 7 21.2 Peter Moylan Atl 11 5 45.5
Carlos Torres Mil 33 7 21.2 Brett Cecil StL 15 6 40

Source: Stats, Inc.