Diaz gave up two hits in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to record his 23rd save of the season in a 2-1 win over Atlanta. The right-hander very nearly blew his fifth save of the season and fourth in July instead, but after a leadoff double by Abraham Almonte, Michael Conforto threw out Almonte at the plate as he attempted to score on a one-out single. Diaz failed to fan a batter in an appearance for the first time since June 29, and on the season, he sports a 3.89 ERA and 61:17 K:BB through 41.2 innings.
Diaz struck out the side in a perfect seventh inning to record his 22nd save of the season in a 1-0 win over Atlanta during the second game of Monday's doubleheader. He needed only 14 pitches (nine strikes) to plow through Atlanta's 5-6-7 hitters. Diaz has rebounded in impressive fashion since a rough stretch sandwiched around the All-Star break, converting three straight saves chances with a 0.00 ERA and 7:1 K:BB in three innings.
Diaz struck out three batters and walked one in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday, securing a save over the Blue Jays. Diaz issued a one-out walk to Vladimir Guerrero but still locked down his 21st save of the season. He converted two saves in the weekend series against Toronto after blowing his previous three chances. The 27-year-old now owns a 4.08 ERA with a 58:17 K:BB while going 21-for-25 in save opportunities this season.
Diaz struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his 20th save of the season in a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays. The right-hander was dialed in, firing nine of 10 pitches for strikes while carving up the heart of the Toronto order. The performance was a far cry from Diaz's previous few efforts as he'd blown three straight save chances coming into Friday, but Mets manager Luis Rojas doesn't seem ready to yank him from the closer spot quite yet.
Manager Luis Rojas said he plans to utilize Diaz if a save situation arises Tuesday in Cincinnati, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. The right-hander has blown three straight saves with seven runs allowed on seven hits and three walks across three frames during that stretch, but the Mets' skipper is going to stick with him for the time being. Trevor May figures to be the next man up for save opportunities, but Diaz will receive at least one more chance to turn things around as New York's closer.
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