Diaz allowed one run on three hits in the ninth inning to earn the save in Saturday's 8-7 win over the Cardinals. He had one strikeout and zero walks. Jeff McNeil cut down the tying run at the plate to finish the game, preventing Diaz from being charged with his second straight blown save. The 25-year-old converted his first 12 saves of the season but since that point has given up eight runs across nine innings and is 3-for-6 in save opportunities.
Diaz gave up a hit and struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning during Tuesday's extra-inning loss to the Giants. The Mets closer entered with the game tied at 3-3 in the top of the ninth and a save chance no longer on the table, and he got Steve Duggar, Pablo Sandoval and Mike Yastrzemski to go down swinging. Diaz has only been scored upon once in his last 11 appearances and has a 15:2 K:BB over his last seven innings, and the 25-year-old is once again looking like one of the most dominant late-inning arms in baseball.
Diaz won't be available to pitch Thursday against the Dodgers due to rest purposes, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports. Diaz has pitched each of the last two nights, so he'll be shut down Thursday to rest. He's coming off an ugly outing Wednesday when he blew a three-run lead, but he'll have to wait at least one more night to redeem himself. The Mets currently don't have another reliever on the 25-man roster with a save on the season, though Jeurys Familia or Robert Gsellman could be called upon if a save situation arises.
Diaz (1-3) took a blown save and loss Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk while recording just one out. Diaz failed to protect an 8-5 lead in the ninth as he collapsed into an absolute meltdown. The damage began right away when he allowed back-to-back homers to Joc Pederson and Max Muncy. Cody Bellinger then swatted an RBI double that brought the Dodgers down one, 8-7. The final leg of the rally came with the bases loaded as Alex Verdugo walked it off with a sacrifice fly to left field that sent the winning run home. The awful outing can probably be chalked up as a fluke, since Diaz has been relatively solid all season. In all, the right-hander holds a 3.22 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with 13 saves.
Diaz allowed a hit and a walk but struck out the side to nail down his 13th save in a 4-3 victory against the Tigers on Sunday. He looked a little shaky at times during the inning, but ultimately, Diaz bounced back nicely from his first blown save of the year. Keep in mind, though, his blown save came when he entered with runners on base in the eighth Saturday. Diaz has a 1.71 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 21 innings this season.