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|
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.