In what has been a topsy-turvy season for the New York Mets there have been some silver linings on the field with the players who stuck around after the gutting the roster took at this year's trade deadline. One of those players who has helped stabilize the bullpen since David Robertson's departure and has not received as much praise in my opinion is Adam Ottavino.
Since August 1st, Ottavino has put up incredible numbers with a 1.57 ERA with a 19/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio and opponents are only hitting .146 against the current Mets closer. Ottavino also has produced 5 saves for the Mets after many fans were left wondering who was going to be able to step into the 9th inning role after the dominance David Robertson had produced prior to his departure.
The Mets have to be pleased with the results from Adam Ottavino since taking over the closer role in August
While Ottavino had a rocky month of May and June, he certainly has bounced back in a big way despite the Mets all but waving the white flag on August 1st. Ottavino is on pace to have his second straight season with an ERA under three as he has not accomplished that feat since the 2018-2019 seasons.
Ottavino has an excellent opportunity to end the 2023 campaign on a high note and provide the Mets front office with a sense of ease as one less issue to address this upcoming offseason. He is a prime candidate to be back in the Mets bullpen next spring with his $6.75 million player option he can exercise this winter, and he will certainly help stabilize the bridge to Edwin Diaz.
The Mets have some work to do this winter when it comes to roster reconstruction, but when you take an optimistic point of view after the final pitch is thrown in two weeks, you can't help but be pleased with the job Adam Ottavino has done considering the circumstances he was thrown into.