Oberg, Rockies Stay Hot Down The Stretch
Sep 17, 2018 02:44PM
● By Bill Gilman
Colorado Rockies reliever Scott Oberg, of Tewksbury. (Photo courtesy of Rockies Twitter account.)
Oberg, the former TMHS and UConn star, has been exactly what the Boston Red Sox have lacked this season, a reliable relief pitcher, able to hold onto a lead in the late innings.
As of Sunday, Sept. 16, the Rockies were 82-67 and held a .5 game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers atop the division. The Arizona Diamondbacks, who led the West for most of the season, have dropped off the pace and are now 4.5 games behind.
Oberg, 28, just keeps getting stronger as the season goes on. He worked 1.2 shutout innings in a 3-2 win over San Francisco on Sunday, allowing just one hit and striking out three. The performance dropped his ERA to an impressive 2.22. For the season, he is 7-0, with 13 "holds." Over 52.2 innings of work, he has allowed just 40 hits and 11 walks for a WHIP of 0.97. He has struck out 48 and allowed just three homers.
Over the past five weeks, Oberg has been positively "lights out." In 17 appearances over that time, he was worked 18.2 innings, allowing just one run on eight hits, while striking out 20 and walking just 1.
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