The 2017 version of Adam Ottavino was another painful lesson in reliever volatility. Throughout the ups and downs of his career with injury, Ottavino has been a reliable source of strikeouts from the bullpen thanks to his nasty slider and has been very stingy with walks. It did not take much effort to squint at his skills and see the potential for him to become a closer. That never really happened as the club traded for Jake McGee and then later struck gold in Greg Holland and his impressive comeback season. Ottavino continued striking guys out in 2017, but suddenly his command wavered. He had a career-low first-pitch strike rate as well as a career-worst swinging-strike rate as opponents did not have to chase the slider out of the zone as much and waited on the fastball as he pitched from behind in the count. Overall, 2017 looks like an outlier, so look for a bounce-back year for the solid middle reliever.
Ottavino has allowed one run on five hits and four walks while striking out five across 6.1 innings this spring. Ottavino is off to a solid start start in March and will hope to have a bounce back season in 2018 after a disappointing 2017 campaign. He accrued a 5.06 ERA across 53.1 innings while giving up 39 walks a season ago. Ottavino should find himself in plenty of high-leverage situations to start the year, with the chance to earn more key innings if he performs well early on.
Ottavino has an ERA of 5.40 over 50 innings this season with the Rockies. Ottavino hasn't seen much action lately, and with his sky-high ERA it's not hard to see why. He has consistently struggled this season, and has given up eight runs in his last 10 innings. The Rockies have been using him mostly in low-to-medium-leverage situations (41.2 of his 50 innings), and it's hard to envision the 31-year-old throwing many key innings down the stretch.
Ottavino is sporting a 6.00 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP in 30 innings pitched this season. The 31-year-old right-hander had previously been one of the Rockies' top relievers prior to injuring his shoulder at the end of May, but the wheels have since come off. He's allowed runs in five of his past six outings, and his ERA since returning from the disabled list on June 9 sits at a lofty 14.00. He does have 15 strikeouts in that same nine-inning span and seems to be holding onto his role as a high-leverage reliever for Colorado, but his days acting as the setup man to Greg Holland may be numbered if he can't right the ship soon.
Ottavino (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list Friday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. The right-hander returns from a brief absence due to shoulder inflammation and will regain the top setup role in front of Greg Holland. Carlos Estevez was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque to create roster space. Ottavino holds a sparkling 2.57 ERA on the year with 24 strikeouts (albeit with 15 walks) in 21 innings.
Ottavino (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday against the Cubs, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Ottavino said his shoulder felt great following his bullpen Wednesday, clearing the way for him to rejoin the big club before the weekend. He should reclaim his spot as a primary setup man for Colorado upon his return.