New York Yankees: Adam Ottavino The Reliever The Yankees Hoped For

Mar 10, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) walks off the mound during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

After several up-and-down years with the Rockies, the New York Yankees decided to take a chance on Adam Ottavino after one of his better years being 2018, and the risk is proving to be a reward. Through 18 and 1/3 innings, he boasts a 1.96 ERA with 24 strikeouts.

Monday’s example of his greatness

During Monday’s 7-3 win over the Mariners, Yankee middle reliever Jonathan Holder loaded up the bases, only getting one out.

Enter Adam Ottavino. He got Mitch Haniger to fly out and Tim Beckham to groundout, getting out of the inning unscathed.

That inning was definitely a turning point in the game. CC Sabathia had just came out of the game after fighting through five innings, and Ottavino was able to clean up the mess that Holder made. If those runs scored, it would’ve been a totally different game.

Just one bad outing

Throughout 16 appearances in 2019, Adam Ottavino has only had one bad showing, giving up three of his four earned runs on the season.

The game was on Easter Sunday against the Kansas City Royals. Ottavino gave up three hits and three runs as the Yankees blew a 5-0 lead. He gave up two home-runs in the outing, but luckily the Yankees managed to win on a walkoff from the bat of Austin Romine.

Otherwise, he has been fantastic for the Yankees. The only other run he surrendered this season was on April 8th against Houston.

The Yankees will continue to rely on him to be their set-up man as the Yankees enter a stretch of must-win games to try and take the division lead over Tampa.