The bite on Ottavino's slider in Sunday's game was comparable to that of a late-innings pitcher. But manager Walt Weiss will keep him in a middle role with the possibility of throwing multiple innings for good reason. On the 10 occasions that he has thrown at least two frames, he has given up just one run in 21 innings.
"There may be situations where he finds himself in the game later, but for the most part, when our bullpen is rested and everyone's available, we'll continue to use him in that [middle] role," Weiss said. "He's thrived in it.
"His slider is really good, especially to right-handed hitters, because it's a bit of a crossfire. That's tough on righties. When he's stepping across [toward the third-base line] and firing the slider across the strike zone, it makes him really tough."