Ottavino picked up the save against Atlanta on Wednesday, tossing one inning and giving up one run on two hits while striking out one.
Usual closer Matt Barnes was unavailable Wednesday after pitching each of the previous two days, so Ottavino was called upon to close with Boston holding a three-run ninth-inning lead. It was hardly a smooth performance by the veteran reliever -- he allowed a run on a single and a double -- but Ottavino struck out Freddie Freeman to end the game. The right-hander has converted four saves and 13 holds on the season and is the clear top choice for ninth-inning duties when Barnes is unavailable.
Ottavino picked up the save after allowing one run on three hits while striking out two across 1.1 innings Monday against the Marlins.
Ottavino was called upon with two outs in the top of the eighth inning, and while he was able to escape without issue, he surrendered a run on a pair of doubles and an infield single in the ninth. He ultimately induced a groundball for the final out of a 5-3 victory. Per Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, after the game, manager Alex Cora praised Ottavino's effort on a day their usual closer, Matt Barnes, wasn't available after pitching three straight days. "He's in a great place right now," said Cora. "We were short (without Barnes), to have a guy who can do that is huge." Ottavino owns a 2.88 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and a 30:17 K:BB across 25 frames in 2021.
Ottavino retired the side in the eighth inning of Saturday's 7-3 win over the Yankees.
Ottavino was protecting a four-run lead, so he was not credited with a hold, but he retired the heart of the order: DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge. It was his 10th consecutive scoreless outing, during which he's given up three hits and five walks while striking out 11 over 8.2 innings. He had an inconsistent start with his new club but has settled in with a 2.78 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.
Ottavino allowed three walks and struck out two in a scoreless inning to earn the save in Friday's 5-2 win over Miami in a rain-shortened game.
Ottavino certainly didn't make it easy, but he was able to escape the jam he created in the top of the sixth inning. The game was called due to poor weather conditions at that time. The right-hander usually serves as setup man to Matt Barnes. Ottavino has posted a 3.05 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 26:15 K:BB across 20.2 innings this year. He's logged two saves, three blown saves, 11 holds and a 2-2 record in 23 appearances.
Ottavino struck out two over a scoreless eighth inning to earn a hold in Friday's 4-3 win over the Angels.
The Red Sox had taken the lead a half-inning earlier and went to Ottavino, their usual eighth-inning bridge to closer Matt Barnes, to face the top of the Angels' order. He induced a ground out from David Fletcher, then struck out Shohei Ohtani (swinging) and Mike Trout (called) in one of his best outings of the season. The hold was Ottavino's eighth.
Ottavino worked around a walk in a scoreless inning to record a save against the Tigers on Thursday.
With the Red Sox leading 12-9 in the ninth, Ottavino nailed down his first save opportunity of the year. Matt Barnes had pitched the last two games and was presumably getting a breather before the weekend. Over 13 innings this season, Ottavino has compiled a 4.15 ERA and 1.54 WHIP.
Ottavino (2-2) gave up three runs (two earned) on one hit and two walks across two-thirds of an inning Sunday against the Rangers. He was charged with the loss.
Ottavino entered this game on the heels of three straight scoreless outings but was unable to keep the streak alive in this one, as he showed the same command issues that plagued him earlier this season. The veteran right-hander now owns a 5.40 ERA after allowing more than one run for just the second time in 2021.
Ottavino struck out one and did not allow a baserunner in one inning of work, recording the hold in Wednesday's 1-0 victory over the Mets.
That's three consecutive scoreless outings for the veteran righty, whose command appears to have improved considerably from earlier in the season. When Ottavino paints the corners with his sinker and slider as he did Wednesday, he can be a dominant late-inning weapon. The hold was his fifth of 2021, and opportunities for more will be plentiful as long as Boston continues playing well.
Ottavino retired both batters faced on strikeouts in Friday's 6-5 win over the Mariners.
Ottavino entered the eighth inning with men on second and third and one out, then fanned Dylan Moore and Sam Haggerty to earn his third hold. Eight of his 12 pitches were in the zone. It was a nice bounce-back for Ottavino, who had walked a pair and gave up a game-tying run the previous night when just six of 15 offerings were strikes.
Ottavino allowed one run on two walks during the eighth inning of Tuesday's 7-3 extra-inning loss to the Mariners.
Ottavino failed to protect Boston's one-run lead, issuing his fifth and sixth walks of the season. He's permitted those six free passes in just 6.2 innings. Combined with Darwinzon Hernandez, another late-inning option for the Red Sox, the two have combined to walk 14 over 13.2 innings.
Ottavino allowed one walk over a scoreless eighth inning in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Toronto.
Ottavino recorded his second hold in guiding a two-run into the ninth inning for Matt Barnes to record his third save. That's the preferred formula for manager Alex Cora, who also got another scoreless inning out of Matt Andriese in the seventh. Ottavino has had an uneven start, but he'll often be used in the last third of games.
Ottavino (2-1) picked up the win in relief Saturday against the White Sox after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He struck out all three batters he faced.
Ottavino was lights out Saturday, as he tossed 10 of his 12 pitches for strikes while striking out the side -- Yermin Mercedes, Zack Collins and Luis Robert -- with ease. This was Ottavino's best outing of the season by a wide margin, but he has been very inconsistent to begin the year and has given up runs in three of his six appearances to date, which translates to a less-than-appealing 7.71 ERA across 4.2 innings.
Ottavino (1-1) allowed one run on two hits and a hit batsman over a third of an inning to pick up the loss against Minnesota on Thursday.
After Alex Verdugo doubled in the game-tying runs in the eighth, Ottavino gave it right back with a shaky ninth, the third time in five outings he's surrendered runs. In 3.2 innings over five appearances, Ottavino has allowed four runs (9.82 ERA) on seven hits, three walks and one hit batter. Even though manager Alex Cora hasn't officially declared a closer, it's clear Matt Barnes is the man after he and Ottavino battled for the job during spring training. Ottavino is still expected to pitch late in games; however, that could change if he continues to be a liability.
Ottavino allowed two runs on three hits and struck out one over one-plus innings in Saturday's 6-4 extra-inning win over Baltimore.
Ottavino entered with one out in the seventh inning as Boston clung to a one-run lead. He and Matt Barnes were the main competitors for the closer role since spring training, but manager Alex Cora never made an official announcement. The manager brought Ottavino in to shepherd a lead through innings seven and eight. He retired both batters faced in the seventh with a man on second but ran into eighth-inning trouble. The game was shaping up to be the first that Boston would need a closer, and Cora made a decision to go with Barnes, but the save chance for Barnes never materialized.
Ottavino won't have the clear path to serve as the Red Sox's Opening Day closer that it looked like he might have in recent days, as Matt Barnes' positive COVID-19 test was ruled a false positive Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
There's been very little to separate Ottavino and Barnes in recent seasons, and they've been similarly effective this spring, so it was tough to say either of them had much more than a 50 percent chance to win the job. Barnes' positive test seemingly opened an opportunity for Ottavino to open the year in the role, which could make it his until he pitched his way out of it. Now that Barnes is back in camp, however, the job looks like it's back to being a coin flip.
Ottavino allowed an unearned run on one hit in one inning of Sunday's spring game against the Twins.
Ottavino was victimized by a Rafael Devers throwing error. He finished up the Florida portion of spring training with two unearned runs allowed over 6.1 innings and a chance to close games pending the status of Matt Barnes, who tested positive for COVID-19.
Ottavino could step in as Boston's closer to begin the regular season after Matt Barnes tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Manager Alex Cora announced Barnes' positive test result Saturday and said that the team hasn't yet determined its pitching plans to begin the regular season. However, Ottavino would be the most likely option to handle ninth-inning duties while Barnes is sidelined as long as Ottavino doesn't have to go through contact tracing. Ottavino was competing for the closer's job during camp and tossed 5.1 scoreless innings with six strikeouts during five Grapefruit League appearances.
Ottavino allowed one hit and struck out two over a scoreless inning in Wednesday's spring game against Atlanta.
Ottavino made his spring debut in Grapefruit League play, following starter Matt Andriese in the fourth inning. He's competing to be Boston's closer along with Matt Barnes, who was impressive in his spring debut earlier this week. Ottavino has 19 career saves over 460 relief appearances and briefly served as a closer for a couple of stretches with Colorado in 2015 and 2016. Boston manager Alex Cora reiterated to Ian Browne of MLB.com that a closer will not be named until later in spring training, but the manager said Ottavino will be given the ball for clean innings, facing both righties and lefties.
The Yankees traded Ottavino along with pitching prospect Frank German to the Red Sox on Monday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
Ottavino was excellent in his first season in New York in 2019, with his 31.1 percent strikeout rate canceling out a 10.6 percent walk rate and leading to a 1.90 ERA. That ERA spiked all the way to 5.89 in a small sample of 18.1 innings last season, though his underlying numbers told a more optimistic story, as his strikeout rate fell only slightly to 29.4 percent while his walk rate came in at a more palatable 10.6 percent. Still, the Yankees evidently don't believe he'll be worth the $8 million he's scheduled to make this season, so they sent him to their top rival in what appears to be little more than a salary dump. The move potentially boosts Ottavino's fantasy value, as Matt Barnes is hardly an immovable object at closer in Boston should the 35-year-old return to his previous form.
Ottavino (2-3) took the loss and was tagged with a blown save against Toronto on Monday, allowing six runs on four hits and two walks without retiring a batter.
Ottavino was the the hardest-hit victim of a 10-run Toronto sixth inning, getting lit up for a season-high six runs without registering an out. The biggest blow came off the bat of Danny Jansen, who smoked a grand slam to end Ottavino's outing. The veteran reliever's ERA jumped by over four runs to 7.55 due to the disastrous appearance, and he entered the record books as just the fifth Yankees pitcher since 1913 to allow six or more earned runs without recording an out.
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|06/10||vs HOU||W 12-8||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|06/07||vs MIA||W 5-3||1||1.1||3||1||0||2|
|06/06||@ NYY||W 6-5||1.0||0||0||1||0|
|06/05||@ NYY||W 7-3||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|06/03||@ HOU||W 5-1||0.1||0||0||0||0|
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