Diaz picked up his 56th save of the season in Monday's win over the Astros. He needed just five pitches to complete a perfect ninth inning. Diaz now has two saves in the last three days after only having one in the previous 10. While he will likely fall short of K-Rod's record of 62 saves, Diaz has established himself as one of the best closers in all of baseball.
Diaz allowed a solo home run and struck out a better to earn the save Saturday against the Angels. Diaz gave up a solo home run to Justin Upton but still managed to record his 55th save of the season. It was his second consecutive outing allowing an earned run, but there shouldn't be much cause for concern as he has allowed only three earned runs across his last 10.1 innings. He continues to pace the league in saves by a wide margin -- Craig Kimbrel is next closest with 41 -- and will undoubtedly keep that crown until season's end.
Diaz (0-4) was tagged with the loss Tuesday, allowing one run on three hits while striking out one in an inning of work against the Padres. Manager Scott Servais turned to Diaz in a non-save situation with the score tied at one entering the ninth inning, but Diaz allowed the game-winning run to come around on a couple of singles and a double. Even with Tuesday's slip-up, the 24-year-old has elite ratios (1.95 ERA, 0.79 WHIP) and has a commanding lead league-wide with 54 saves.
Diaz struck out one batter and hit another in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Yankees. Diaz continues to dominate to the tune of a 1.84 ERA with 54 saves. He also owns a terrific 118:16 K:BB and has walked just one batter since the start of August.
Diaz pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts Wednesday to earn the save against the Orioles. Diaz set down the top of the Baltimore lineup with ease, retiring the first two via strikeout before inducing a flyout to end the game. The 24-year-old has been superb all season, and is now up to 53 saves with a 1.87 ERA and 15.6 K/9.