Tewksbury's Oberg Finding His Groove, And A Home, With Rockies
Scott Oberg has been called to the Majors by the Colorado Rockies. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Rockies Twitter account @Rockies .
Even so, Scott Oberg is doing everything he can to make sure he stays on the Major League roster of the Colorado Rockies for the rest of the season. After some ups and downs over the first six weeks of the season (including a brief trip back to the minors), Oberg has found his groove and is becoming one of Manager Walt Weiss' most dependable options out of the bullpen.
Oberg, the 6-2, 205-pound right-hander from Tewksbury, by way of UConn, is riding a seven-inning scoreless streak. Over his last seven appearances (8 innings), he has a 1.13 ERA, three strikeouts and just one walk. More importantly, he hasn't allowed a home run, after having surrendered five long balls in his first 11 appearances.
Oberg's recent success has dropped his ERA to a season-low 4.15 and his WHIP to 1.33. He is 2-1 on the year and on Sunday, Oberg picked up the first save of his Major League career. He came on with the Rockies leading Philadelphia 4-1 and pitched a scoreless 9th inning, allowing just one hit.
The biggest difference for Oberg, of late, has been command of his fastball and better use of his off-speed pitches. He still throws in the mid-90s but rather than try to simply overpower every batter, he is locating his pitches better on the corners and keeping the ball down in the zone.
What has this looked like?
After recording 13 strikeouts in his first 13 appearances (along with three walks, three hit-batsmen and those five homers), he has zero strikeouts in his last six games, but also has zero walks, hasn't hit a homer and hasn't given up a run.
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