The New York Yankees appear ready to use a bullpen day against the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday, and one of the club's top relievers hopes to regain his regular-season form and be a part of manager Aaron Boone's plan.
Adam Ottavino, who authored a 1.90 ERA and 11.9 K/9 for the Yankees this year, has not looked like the same dominant pitcher during the playoffs. The normally reliable reliever owns an 11.57 ERA and 4.29 WHIP in seven postseason games so far.
He's been especially bad in the ALCS against the Astros, allowing six hits, four runs (three earned), and a homer in 1 1/3 innings across four appearances.
"The good news is, I can’t be this bad forever," he said, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.
Although Ottavino hasn't recorded a single out in four of his postseason appearances, including his last two against the Astros, his confidence remains intact and he expects to pitch in Game 6.
"I know I’m a good pitcher. Stuff like this doesn’t last," he explained.