2 Mets who’ve exceeded expectations after 50 games, 2 who’ve fallen short
By Tim Boyle
NY Mets reliever Adam Ottavino has fallen short of expectations
For all of the good we’ve seen from Robertson, we’ve seen almost as much bad from Adam Ottavino. Repeating what he did for the Mets in 2022 was impossible. All we asked for was some level of trust. Ottavino doesn’t have it through the first 50 games of the season.
Last year’s performance definitely created some deception as to what we could see from Ottavino in 2023. Now 0-2 with a 4.82 ERA in 18.2 innings, he hasn’t been anything close to what he was in year one with the Mets. His 2.06 ERA wasn’t something we’d expect him to match but we didn’t think he’d revert this much. He gave up 15 runs in all of last season. He’s already at 10.
What’s a bit strange is Ottavino still has a 1.07 WHIP which is solid. His problem has been when he’s “off” he tends to always give up a run. Ottavino has tossed plenty of hitless innings this year. Unfortunately, there are a couple of clobberings mixed in as well.
The thought of Ottavino and Robertson sharing closer duties is beginning to subside. Do we really want him as the last line of defense? Through 50 games, he hasn’t looked so hot.
Ottavino is the pitcher version of Marte. Each seemed to outdo expectations in 2022. Now with them failing a little too regularly, it stings even more.