Oberg Overcomes Stumbles, Solidifies Position In Rockies Bullpen
Jul 02, 2015 11:22AM ● Published by Bill Gilman
Colorado Rockies pitcher Scott Oberg.
Despite a couple of stumbles, the former Tewksbury High and UConn star has shown steady improvement in his rookie season.
Through July 1, Oberg had appeared in 30 games, with a 2-1 record, 1 save and a 4.60 ERA. He's struck out 19 and walked 8 in 29.1 innings and a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of 1.27.
Back on May 10, Oberg was struggling to a 7.27 ERA. He had had 10 strikeouts in just eight innings of work over 11 games but had also given up his fifth home run.
That's when the big right-hander turned the corner. He dialed back his 95 MPH fastball and stopped challenging batters quite so aggressively. He began working the corners and pitching with moire finesse. His strikeout rate went down but so did his number of hits allowed and his ERA.
From May 18-June 9, Oberg allowed just one earned run in 10 appearances, dropping his ERA to 3.80.
Oberg hit a bump in the road with two bad outings in a week. He gave up three earned runs in Colorado's 5-1 loss to Miami on June 12 and three more in one inning of an 8-4 loss to Houston on June 18.
But Colorado Manager Walt Weiss showed he still had plenty of confidence in the rookie, using him the next night against Milwaukee. Oberg responded with two scoreless, hitless innings. That began a string of five scoreless innings over four appearances
As a team, Colorado continues to struggle. Through July 1, the Rockies are 34-44, 10 games behind first-place Los Angeles in the National League West.