Diaz compiled a 6.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 1:0 K:BB through three innings before spring training was suspended.
While the numbers weren't anything to write home about, Diaz's velocity was good and he at least kept the ball in the park -- something he had trouble doing in 2019, when he stumbled to a 2.33 HR/9 across 58 innings. The 26-year-old is only two years removed from being the most valuable closer in the game and will head into the season handling ninth-inning duties for the Mets, but Diaz will need to rediscover his command to return to elite status.
Diaz gave up two runs on three hits in an inning of work Wednesday against the Astros, Mike Puma of The New York Post reports.
While his fastball was topping out at 98 mph, Diaz wasn't able to put it where he wanted within the strike zone -- the same issue that marred his 2019 campaign. "I felt good out there," he said through an interpreter after the outing. "A little bit anxious because it was the first time being out there in a real game and facing real batters, but other than that I felt really good." Diaz needed 25 pitches to escape the inning, so he at least got his work in, but the 25-year-old will need to tighten his command before Opening Day if he wants to avoid being on the hot seat as the Mets' closer right out of the gate.
Diaz and the Mets avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.1 million deal Friday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Diaz wasn't the player the Mets thought they traded for last season, as he struggled to a 5.59 ERA in 58 innings. His 39.0 percent strikeout remained excellent, however, and his 8.7 percent walk rate was only slightly worse than average. His big problem was the home run ball, as he gave up 2.3 HR/9, well above his 0.6 HR/9 mark from the season prior. He should still have the closing role heading into the upcoming season but won't have a particularly firm grasp on it should his struggles continue.
Diaz earned the save Saturday against the Braves by recording two strikeouts and not allowing a baserunner during the ninth inning.
Diaz had a stretch of 15 appearances without a save as Seth Lugo took over as the primary closer -- though he blew two save chances in that stretch -- but Diaz perhaps ended the season on a positive note after needing only 10 pitches Saturday. The 25-year-old has pitched two of the past three days and may have made his last outing of the season. Diaz's first season in New York has not gone according to plan with a 5.59 ERA and 1.38 WHIP while he's converted 26 of 33 save opportunities.
Diaz (1-7) allowed two earned runs on two hits without recording an out to blow the save and take the loss Tuesday against the Nationals.
Diaz was hardly the only contributor to the epic collapse of the Mets' bullpen in the ninth inning when the team surrendered seven runs to the Nationals. However, the last five runs crossed the plate with Diaz on the mound, capped by a three-run homer by Kurt Suzuki. Though he had put together scoreless outings in seven of his last eight appearances prior to Tuesday's outing, it's difficult to imagine the Mets turning to him in many save situations to conclude the season given Seth Lugo's superior performance this season.
Diaz (neck) is available out of the bullpen Wednesday against the Cubs, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Diaz hasn't pitched since exiting Saturday's game against the Braves with right trap tightness, but he's good to go Wednesday after tossing a bullpen with no issues Tuesday. The right-hander has produced disappointing results in his first year with the Mets, racking up 25 saves while posting a 5.55 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 80:20 K:BB in 48.2 innings.
Diaz (neck) will throw off a mound prior to Tuesday's game to determine his availability against the Cubs, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Diaz was unavailable to pitch Sunday due to right trapezius tightness, but after benefitting from a scheduled off day Monday, he could be ready to roll for Tuesday's series opener. The Mets should provide an update on Diaz's status shortly after his throwing session.
Diaz (neck) feels better but won't pitch in Sunday's game against the Braves, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Diaz exited Saturday's outing with right trapezius tightness, so it isn't a major surprise to see the Mets wanting to avoid using him for at least a day. The 25-year-old will also have Monday's scheduled off day to aid in his recovery before potentially missing any more games. Seth Lugo figures to be the top option for a save opportunity in his absence.
Diaz was removed from Saturday's game against the Braves with right trap tightness, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Diaz entered for the ninth inning with the Mets trailing 7-5, and he allowed two runs on one hit and one walk before exiting with the athletic trainer. Manager Mickey Callaway said "it's really hard to say" whether the injury could land Diaz on the injured list, but he at least seems unlikely to be available for Sunday's series finale.
Diaz picked up the save against Atlanta on Thursday, recording one out while allowing no earned runs and no hits to close out a 10-8 win for the Mets. He recorded one strikeout and one walk.
Diaz's role has come into question of late due to his struggles this season, but he bagged his 25th save of the year in this contest with a successfully converted one-out opportunity. It's still probably not enough to fully ease the mind of manager Mickey Callaway just yet, as Diaz is sporting a 5.56 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 45.1 innings for the season.
Diaz struck out two but gave up a two-run home run in an inning of relief during Sunday's loss to the Nationals.
The Mets were already down by a run when Diaz took the mound in the ninth inning, but he dug the hole deeper. Manager Mickey Callaway has repeatedly refused to name anyone else as his closer, but he said Sunday that Seth Lugo would be getting regular save chances moving forward, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. "I think you always have to be open for adjustments," Callaway said. "The season is going to change. Guys are going to be effective at times, not effective at times. At this point, the sample sizes aren't that small anymore. I believe that guys have earned a right to do something until they haven't." Diaz has definitely un-earned a spot in the ninth inning -- he's managed only one scoreless outing in his last six appearances, and since the beginning of July he has a 7.62 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over 13 innings despite maintaining a 14.5 K/9.
Manager Mickey Callaway confirmed Monday that Diaz is the closer and he's "going to be our closer," Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Callaway hinted Sunday that Diaz may be losing his grip on the closer's role, though he was singing a different tune Monday. Diaz continued to struggle during Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader with the Marlins, hitting a batter and walking one in a scoreless ninth inning, though all signs point to him remaining the team's closer moving forward.
Manager Mickey Callaway said, "We have to be open minded...we can't lock ourselves into one thing" when asked about the closer's role Sunday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Diaz has received consistent support in the ninth-inning role despite his struggles all season, but that appears to have changed after he allowed runs in each of his last four outings. The 25-year-old hasn't been informed of a change, so he could very well receive more opportunities, but his 5.44 ERA and 1.47 WHIP may prompt the Mets to try an alternative option like Seth Lugo.
Diaz gave up a solo home run and struck out the side in the ninth inning to record his 24th save in a 4-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday.
Diaz dialed up a strikeout for each of his outs in the ninth inning, but he did allow a solo home run. Despite allowing a baserunner in each of his last five appearances, Diaz had seven saves in July. Diaz has a 5.14 ERA with a 14.1 K/9 and a 3.2 BB/9 through 46 games this season.
Diaz gave up a run on two walks while striking out two in the ninth inning Tuesday to blow his fifth save of the season in a 5-2 extra-innings win over the White Sox.
He also hit a batter and uncorked two wild pitches, setting up Tim Anderson for a game-tying sacrifice fly. Diaz now has a 6.00 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and 11:5 K:BB through nine innings in July, and his shaky recent form isn't helping his trade value heading into Wednesday's deadline.
Diaz allowed a two-run home run but still nailed down his 23rd save of the season while pitching two-thirds of an inning in an 8-7 victory against the Pirates on Sunday.
The Mets took a five-run lead into the ninth, but after a two-run homer and single, the tying run came into the on-deck circle with one out, and the Mets turned to their closer, who made his first appearance following a minor toe injury. Diaz allowed a homer to the first batter he faced, but then he retired the next two batters to preserve a one-run win. Homers have been an issue for Diaz all season and are the main reason he owns a 4.95 ERA, but he is 23-for-27 in save chances with 61 strikeouts in 40 innings as well.
Diaz (toe) was held out of Friday night's game against the Pirates as a precaution, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The Mets found themselves in a three-run game heading into the ninth inning Friday night, but after Diaz was struck by a comebacker Thursday evening, it was Seth Lugo who was called upon for the save opportunity. "He said he felt great," stated skipper Mickey Callaway." Since it's his landing foot, we decided, let's give him one more day." Diaz figures to be ready to go Saturday if needed.
Diaz (toe) told the Mets he's available Friday against the Pirates if needed, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports.
Diaz exited Thursday's game against the Padres after taking a liner off his left big toe, but X-rays came back clean and it sounds like the closer may not be forced to miss any time after he was able to play catch with no issues. Manager Mickey Callaway was less certain about the right-hander's availability for Friday, per Thosar, noting that he'll have to check with the team's medical staff before giving Diaz the green light.
X-rays on Diaz's left big toe came back negative, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
Diaz appears to have escaped with a bruise after taking a comebacker off his left foot during Thursday's game against the Padres. The righty reliever should be considered day-to-day ahead of Friday's series opener against the Pirates.
Diaz was removed from Thursday's game against the Padres after getting hit by a comebacker, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
Diaz was able to walk off the field under his own power after taking a 100 mph liner off his left foot. According to Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports, the reliever is scheduled to undergo X-rays following the conclusion of Thursday's series finale, after which more should be known regarding the specifics and severity of his injury.
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