DENVER – It is no coincidence—in fact, it is a direct result of the fact—that the Colorado Rockies worst stretch of 2018 came (and possibly went) during a stint on the DL for reliever Adam Ottavino.

He has, according to most measures including our own Dynamic Player Rating, been among the most valuable pitchers in MLB this season. He has accomplished this not only by being regularly dominant but also by managing the inevitable imperfections that are part and parcel to playing baseball.

Guys will get on base, even though rare in Ottavino’s case, runs will score (he has allowed three in 29.1 IP) making the ability to take your game up a notch as the stakes increase that much more valuable for late-inning relievers who almost always operate with little room for error and no safety net.

“Yeah, you gotta slow the game down,” Ottavino told BSN Denver just after his last outing before going on the DL. In that game, he allowed a lead-off single in a one-run contest but ended up stranding the runner at second. In his first game back, he faced a similar predicament after a walk and a hit batsman with one out.

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Drew Creasman

Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.