Rockies reliever Scott Oberg will likely miss the remainder of the 2020 season due to blood clots in his right arm, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Oberg also missed the final month and a half of both the 2016 and ’19 seasons for the same issue.
Manager Bud Black said, “For lack of a better word, it’s a bummer. It’s going to be a while, if at all, for Scott this season.”
Oberg, 30, was also dealing with a lower back strain suffered in mid-July and opened the season on the 10-day injured list as a result. He had been throwing bullpens and live batting practice with the hope of joining the Rockies’ bullpen this month.
Oberg was coming off of a tremendous 2019. Over 56 innings, he posted a 2.25 ERA with 58 strikeouts and 23 walks. With Wade Davis injured (right shoulder strain), Oberg was the likely candidate to become the closer. Now the club may have to turn to Carlos Estévez or Jairo Díaz, or perhaps use a closer-by-committee.
The Rockies are an impressive 5-2 to start the 2020 season, first in the NL West. Losing their top two relievers, one for the season, is a huge blow for them.
After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.
Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?
There have been no spectators at any games this season but fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.
Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.
MLB Playoffs Format
Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2
All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.
No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees
No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals
Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10
The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.
League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18
The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.
World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28
The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.
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