Tuesday 4x4: Ohtani at Coors? Maybe in a Pinch
Two weeks ago, the scenario was in place for Shohei Ohtani to start for the Angels in the series opener against the Rockies Tuesday night at Coors Field. Then Ohtani suffered a slight ankle sprain, and his previous start was pushed back five days to Sunday.
Now, it is unlikely Rockies fans will see Ohtani at Coors unless it is during batting practice or he gets called on to pinch-hit.
Ohtani has appeared in 21 games for the Angels -- five as a starting pitcher and 16 in which he has swung a bat, serving as the DH 15 times and pinch-hitting once. The Angels don't mind him hitting, but want to limit his activity in the field to avoid an injury that could keep him from taking his turn in the rotation.
So far, the 23-year-old Ohtani has been everything advertised. Ohtani is 3-1 in five starts, and the Angels won his no-decision. As a hitter he leads the team with a .339 average, and despite the fact he is seventh on the team in at-bats, he is fifth on the team with four home runs and 14 RBI.
The Angels at the Plate
|C||Martin Maldonado (BrvList)||23||85||75||8||16||4||0||1||8||5||16||0.213|
Rockies manager Bud Black will have a reunion with Angels manager Mike Scioscia. Black was the pitching coach for Scioscia and the Angels from 2000-06. He was part of a coaching staff for the 2002 world champion Angels along with bullpen coach Joe Maddon, who has since managed the Rays and Cubs, and third base coach Ron Roenicke, who managed the Brewers.
The Scioscia Managerial Tree
|Mike Scioscia||Angels||2000-present||1591-1359||0.539||2002 World Championship|
|6 additional ALW Titles|
|Joe Maddon||Angels||1996, 1999 Interim||27-24||0.529|
|Rays||2006-2014||754-795||0.517||2008 AL Champion|
|2010 ALE Title|
|2011, 2013 AL Wild-Card|
|Cubs||2015-18||308-208||0.597||2016 World Championship|
|2015 NL Wild-Card|
|2017 AL Central|
|Rockies||2017-18||107-90||0.543||2017 NL Wild-Card|
The Rockies are at home, but that's not necessarily good, especially against the Angels. The Rockies are 5-7 at Coors Field this season, the ninth worst home record among the 30 MLB teams. The Angeles, meanwhile, are a best-in--baseball 13-3 on the road. Oh, and in inter-league play, the Angels have an 11-2 edge on the Rockies at Coors Field https://www.insidetheseams.com/on-deck/2018/5/7/scouting-report-angels-at-rockies-by-the-numbers
Home on the Road
|Worst At Home||W||L||Pct||Best on the Road||W||L||Pct|
|Chicago White Sox||3||13||0.188||Los Angeles Angels||13||3||0.813|
|Cincinnati Reds||4||14||0.222||Boston Red Sox||14||5||0.737|
|Texas Rangers||5||15||0.25||Arizona Diamondbacks||10||5||0.667|
|Kansas City Royals||6||13||0.316||New York Mets||10||5||0.667|
|Baltimore Orioles||5||10||0.333||New York Yankees||10||5||0.667|
|San Diego Padres||7||13||0.35||Colorado Rockies||15||8||0.652|
|Miami Marlins||7||11||0.389||Houston Astros||11||6||0.647|
|New York Mets||7||10||0.412||Seattle Mariners||11||6||0.647|
|Colorado Rockies||5||7||0.417||Atlanta Braves||11||7||0.611|
|Los Angeles Angels||8||10||0.444||Milwaukee Brewers||11||7||0.611|
Inter-league play is a challenge for the Rockies, who will be playing their first AL team of 2018 with the series against the Angels. The Rockies have had a winning record in inter-league play in only seven of the previous seasons of inter-league play. But then only two NL teams have an all-time winning record in inter-league play -- the Mets and the Cardinals.
Inter-League Play Not an American Joy