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

Pos Regulars G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA
C Martin Maldonado (BrvList) 23 85 75 8 16 4 0 1 8 5 16 0.213
1B Albert Pujols 32 140 133 16 34 7 0 6 20 5 18 0.256
2B Ian Kinsler 21 96 86 10 17 3 0 1 2 8 10 0.198
SS Andrelton Simmons 32 132 120 22 42 9 1 3 21 10 9 0.35
3B Luis Valbuena 32 105 98 12 26 2 0 4 12 6 29 0.265
LF Justin Upton 34 153 135 22 32 5 0 6 21 13 40 0.237
CF Mike Trout 34 155 125 29 42 8 2 12 24 28 29 0.336
RF Kole Calhoun 29 118 114 10 19 0 1 1 10 4 33 0.167
DH Shohei Ohtani 16 64 59 10 20 3 1 4 14 5 14 0.339
Pos Reserves G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA
IF Zack Cozart 29 129 118 17 28 8 2 4 12 7 22 0.237
CI Jefry Marte 22 55 51 8 17 4 1 2 8 4 8 0.333
C Rene Rivera 18 46 43 5 12 3 0 1 8 2 17 0.279
UT Chris Young 21 41 36 4 6 1 0 2 5 4 13 0.167
RF Jabari Blash 1 5 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.25
C Juan Graterol 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

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

Manager Team Years W-L Pct Post-Seasons History
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
Total 1089-937 0.538
Bud Black Padres 2007-2015 649-713 0.477
Rockies 2017-18 107-90 0.543 2017 NL Wild-Card
Total 756-803 0.485
Ron Roenicke Brewers 2011-15 342-331 0.508

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

NL Teams W L Pct Rockies W L Pct
Mets 185 177 0.511 2009 11 4 0.733
Cardinals 172 165 0.51 2006 11 4 0.733
Cubs 168 169 0.499 2003 9 6 0.6
Braves 178 181 0.496 2010 9 6 0.6
Giants 178 181 0.496 1997 9 7 0.563
Marlins 185 189 0.495 2007 10 8 0.556
Dodgers 175 181 0.492 2011 8 7 0.533
Nationals 186 194 0.489 2017 10 10 0.5
D-backs 157 181 0.464 2000 6 6 0.5
Brewers 146 170 0.462 2008 7 8 0.467
Pirates 155 182 0.46 2016 9 11 0.45
Rockies 149 189 0.441 2004 8 10 0.444
Phillies 161 207 0.438 2005 6 9 0.4
Padres 150 207 0.42 2002 7 11 0.389
Reds 140 198 0.414 2014 7 13 0.35
1999 4 8 0.333
1998 4 8 0.333
2015 5 15 0.25
2013 5 15 0.25
2001 2 10 0.167
2012 2 13 0.133