Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Mets Bring Brooklyn Boy Back Home

Adam Ottavino at Mets camp on Tuesday. @Mets.

The Mets announced the signing on Monday of right-handed reliever and Brooklyn native Adam Ottavino to a one-year contract.

This marks a return to New York on a personal and professional level for the dominant reliever, as he pitched for the Yankees in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. He graduated from Berkeley Carroll School in Park Slope in 2003.

The Yankees dealt Ottavino to the rival Red Sox ahead of the 2021 season, and he was a pivotal part of a team that reached the American League Championship Series.

The 36-year-old Ottavino was tied for the American League lead with 22 holds last season, and he has the most wins (7) and saves (11) in his career.  He was the only American League pitcher with 20 or more holds and 10 or more saves. In 69 games with the Sox, he pitched in 62 innings, with 71 strikeouts, 55 hits, 31 runs (29 earned), 5 home runs, and 35 walks. 

Ottavino did not allow a home run against a left-handed hitter. He faced 101 lefties, making him one of just nine pitchers in the Majors to face 100+ from the left side and not allow a dinger.

In his two seasons with the Yankees, he posted a 2.76 ERA (26 earned runs in 84.2 innings) with an 8-8 record, while notching 113 strikeouts. 

Ottavino is known for racking up the K's, as he has 296 strikeouts over 224.1 innings during the last four years (2018-21), the sixth-most strikeouts in the Majors in that span. He has 648 career strikeouts in 559.2 career innings. He debuted with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010 before establishing himself as an elite relievr in his seven seasons with the Colorado Rockies from 2012 through 2018.

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