3) The NY Mets reunion with Adam Ottavino should’ve ended after season one
Every Breaking Bad fan knows the original plan was to kill off Jesse Pinkman in the pilot. Imagine a show with Walter White running around by himself. The first season of Breaking Bad was more of a setup for the future and quite honestly, how many of us recall exactly where everything stood? The show really took off in season two when it began to become more mainstream.
Some shows only last a season. One that should’ve concluded after a single run for the Mets was the Adam Ottavino signing. It was peak veteran relief pitching in 2022. On his one-year deal, Ottavino was 6-3 with a 2.06 ERA.
Things haven’t gone nearly as well for him in 2023. He has already walked more batters and given up more earned runs than he did all of last season. It’s the middle of July.
Ottavino is 0-4 with a 3.86 ERA in his first 37.1 innings of work. It’s a below-average season for him. He’s the owner of a 3.46 ERA in his career
Maybe we could accept a lesser Ottavino if the Mets had a deeper bullpen. A healthy Edwin Diaz alone could have changed our perception of Ottavino. Remember when he was actually closing games for the Mets regularly alongside David Robertson?
As fun as it was to see Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul show up in the final season of Better Call Saul for a cameo, not all good matches need to be revisited. Ottavino back to the Mets for 2023 and 2024 is one of them.