The New York Mets are playing at a high level right now, and they have a firm command on the National League East. But let’s face it. The Mets offseason acquisitions have played a major role in the team’s success, and the team is reaping the benefits of having an aggressive and smart offseason, filling in needs with legitimate players. And there are six of them that deserve recognition today.
7. AMets free agent signing Adam Ottavino
Ottavino has been a boom or bust pitcher his entire career. For years, he was a dominant reliever for Colorado, then the walks became an issue, and so has the roller coaster of earned run averages from season to season.
The Mets signed him to a 1-year contract to add depth to a bullpen that let Aaron Loup and Brad Hand walk this offseason in an attempt to shore the unit up before the season started.
And he has been a boom and bust player. His first seven relief outings were really good, allowing just a single run in seven innings, and since then, it has not been a fun stretch for the 36-year-old righty, allowing six runs in 2.2 innings in his last four outings, seeing his ERA balloon to 6.52. Now, it didn’t help that he was used three days in a row against the same Braves team this week, but there is not really a sign of consistency when it comes to Ottavino.
But that’s been the reality of his career past the age of 30. Ottavino has a filthy arsenal of pitches, but he has had trouble throwing strikes in the second half of his career and Mets fans should be nervous when Ottavino comes into games.