4. Best NY Mets player additions ranked: Adam Ottavino
Adam Ottavino is another signing I liked but had questions about. The Mets signed the right hander this offseason, agreeing on a one-year $4 million dollar deal. The signing came with zero risk as it was a cheap one year deal but had a lot of potential.
One of the reasons I liked the signing other than the minimal risk was Ottavino's good track record. He has been inconsistent his entire career, but has performed well in New York as a member of the Yankees. I thought at the very least he could fill in as a middle reliever who can do just about as well as Jeurys Familia did to end his Mets run.
It turns out that Ottavino has been better than anyone could've possibly expected. The 36 year old has gone 5-3 with a 2.18 ERA in 63 appearances for the Mets. He's served as the set-up man for most of the season and has been remarkable in that role.
Ottavino has always been a big strikeout guy, and has stuck true to that this season as he's struck out 10.7 batters per nine. While the strikeouts have always been there, Ottavino had always had a walk issue as well.
This season, however, there has been no walk issue. Ottavino has walked just 2.2 batters per nine. For reference, he walked 5.1/9 last season and has walked 4.0/9 in his career. Chris Bassitt, a guy who is known to walk very few, has walked 2.3/9 this season. With Ottavino's stuff, avoiding the walks has always been the missing piece to him being consistently dominant. He's allowed just six home runs in 62 innings pitched and has been consistently great for this Mets team.
Edwin Diaz deserves all of the praise he's been getting for his ridiculous season. However, this Mets bullpen would be in serious trouble if Ottavino wasn't there getting games to the ninth for Diaz to shut down.