Diaz allowed one hit and struck out three over 1.2 innings to earn the save in Sunday's 4-2 win over Arizona. He also hit a batter.
Diaz entered with a runner on second and promptly plunked the next batter before inducing a double play to get out of trouble in the eighth inning. He handled the ninth with less drama and recorded his fifth save of the year. Diaz has a 3.14 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 18:5 K:BB across 14.1 innings, and he remains the favorite for closing duties.
Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth inning, working around two hits to earn the save in a win over the Cardinals on Thursday.
Diaz was pitching for the first time since exiting Sunday's game with back tightness. He allowed the tying run to come up to the plate before retiring the final two batters. It was a nice bounce-back performance after surrendering three earned runs in his last outing. The 27-year-old is a perfect 4-for-4 in save chances and has allowed earned runs in only two of his 12 appearances.
Diaz (back) felt much better Monday after leaving Sunday's game against the Phillies with back tightness, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
The initial diagnosis didn't seem like a particularly significant injury, and it appears as though Diaz is already trending in the right direction. The righty pitched both Saturday and Sunday, so he was unlikely to pitch Monday even if fully healthy.
Diaz was removed from Sunday's win over the Phillies due to back tightness, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
Diaz admitted that he was dealing with a tight back during a mound visit with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, but he tried to pitch through the injury. The issue likely contributed to his struggles in his appearance, as he recorded only two outs while the Phillies tagged him for three runs on two hits and two walks. He'll be evaluated Monday as the Mets attempt to determine the severity of the injury. If Diaz misses time, the Mets would likely take a committee approach at closer, with the likes of Jeurys Familia, Trevor May, Miguel Castro and Aaron Loup all potentially factoring into the mix for saves.
Diaz left Sunday's win over the Phillies in the bottom of the ninth inning with an apparent injury, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Diaz entered Sunday's game in the ninth inning while the Mets were leading 8-4, but he gave up three runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one in two-thirds of an inning. The right-hander nearly gave up a game-tying home run to Rhys Hoskins, but the homer was overturned via replay. However, Diaz was visited by a trainer and removed from the game after he gave up the hit to Hoskins. The nature and severity of Diaz's injury aren't yet clear.
Diaz struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his third save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Phillies.
The right-hander continues to hum along. Diaz hasn't allowed an earned run in eight straight appearances, and he's struck out multiple batters in five of his last seven. All told, Diaz carries a 1.80 ERA and 13:3 K:BB through 10.0 innings while going 3-for-3 in save chances.
Diaz (1-1) was charged with the loss Thursday against the Cubs after allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out two over 1.1 innings.
After entering a tie game in the ninth inning, Diaz gave up a leadoff single to Kris Bryant before sending his next two batters down on strikes. Bryant was then caught stealing to finish off the inning. Diaz returned in the 10th frame with less success, hitting Matt Duffy with a pitch before a sacrifice bunt by David Bote put two runners in scoring position. Diaz proceeded to intentionally walk Eric Sogard, loading the bases with one out. A pinch-hit, walkoff single by Jason Heyward then strapped Diaz and the Mets with the loss. The 27-year-old reliever has two saves on the year to go with a 2.57 ERA and 1.29 WHIP across seven innings.
Diaz allowed a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday and earned a save over the Rockies.
It took Diaz a while to notch his first save, but he picked up two against Colorado this weekend. After Trevor Story knocked a two-out single, he was caught stealing to secure the game for the Mets. Diaz now owns a 3.18 ERA and 7:2 K:BB through 5.2 frames.
Diaz struck out the side in a perfect seventh inning Saturday to record his first save of the season in the first game of a doubleheader against the Rockies.
All three strikeouts were swinging as Diaz blew fastballs past Josh Fuentes, Sam Hilliard and Dom Nunez. The right-hander has had one shaky appearance and four clean ones to begin the year, leading to a 3.86 ERA and 7:2 K:BB through 4.2 innings.
Diaz gave up two runs on three hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning during Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Marlins.
Brought in to start the ninth inning with the Mets down 1-0, Diaz wasn't able to keep the game close after getting tagged for a leadoff double by Starling Marte. His line could have been even worse, but the Mets caught a break when Jesus Aguilar was called out on a fielder's choice at second base when on replay Jeff McNeil appeared to have lifted his foot off the bag early. Diaz's spot as closer isn't in jeopardy at the moment, but memories of his disastrous 2019 are still fresh enough that another bad outing or two could push manager Luis Rojas to consider other options in the ninth.
Diaz (1-0) worked around a walk and struck out one in a scoreless inning to earn the win Thursday against the Marlins.
Diaz made his season debut with the Mets down 2-1 in the ninth inning. He did his part, with the only blemish a two-out walk. His teammates proceeded to score two runs in the bottom of the frame, leaving him with the victory.
Diaz has given up only two hits and no earned runs over four Grapefruit League innings with a 6:0 K:BB.
The right-hander has looked sharp this spring, and while Mets manager Luis Rojas has played coy when it comes to naming his closer, it's hard to imagine anyone other than Diaz handling ninth-inning duties to begin the season. He's posted a strikeout rate of at least 39.0 percent each of the last three years, and even when Diaz struggled in 2019, his issue was keeping the ball in the park, not striking batters out. MLB's switch to a slightly deader ball should help ensure the 26-year-old doesn't have that problem again.
Diaz expects to close games for the Mets this season, though the team hasn't named an official closer and may not do so, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
It's hard to post more closer-worthy numbers than the ones Diaz managed last season; he struck out 45.5 percent of opposing batters en route to a 1.75 ERA. Two of the five earned runs he allowed all season came in his first three outings, however, and combined with his 2019 struggles that proved to be enough for the Mets to drop him from closing duties for much of the year. He finished with just six saves. He remains the team's clear top reliever (especially with Seth Lugo likely to miss time following elbow surgery), but there's no guarantee he remains a true closer all season. Manager Luis Rojas kept open the possibility of using a more modern approach, sending Diaz out earlier in the game if a high-leverage situation pops up before the ninth or perhaps playing the matchups in the final frame, which could also limit his save numbers.
Diaz and the Mets avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $7 million deal, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Diaz didn't manage to keep the closer job all season last year thanks to some early-season struggles, but his year-end numbers represented quite an impressive bounceback from his poor 2019 campaign. He finished the year with a career-low 1.75 ERA and a career-high 45.5 percent strikeout rate, presumably setting himself up quite well to be the Mets' closer again in 2021.
Diaz gave up a run on two hits in the ninth inning Thursday against the Nationals but escaped with his sixth save of the season. He struck out one batter.
Diaz's streak of consecutive scoreless appearances ended at 10, but he eventually shut the door, making him 4-for-4 in save chances this month. The right-hander has a sparkling 1.80 ERA overall this season, though he lost the closer role for a while early on and it took Seth Lugo returning to the rotation for him to get it back. Diaz faces an uncertain future with the organization.
Diaz worked around a base hit to turn in a scoreless ninth inning en route to notching his fifth save of the season Tuesday in the Mets' 5-2 win over the Rays.
Diaz also struck out a batter in the 16-pitch outing, his 10th straight scoreless appearance. During that span, Diaz has compiled an eye-popping 20 strikeouts in 11 innings while allowing four hits and six walks. Manager Luis Rojas hasn't formally appointed a new closer since Seth Lugo joined the rotation in mid-August, but Diaz's usage (and success) in recent weeks suggests he's recaptured the job.
Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth Wednesday, allowing one hit and striking out three to earn his fourth save of the season.
Diaz was called upon in the ninth to preserve a one-run lead after the Mets went ahead in the top half of the inning and struck out the side. After a rocky 2019, Diaz has returned to dominant form with a 1.71 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 45:11 K:BB across 21 innings this season.
Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth Wednesday against the Orioles, allowing a hit while striking out a batter as he picked up save No. 3 on the season.
Diaz allowed a quick single to begin the frame but retired the next three batters for his third save in six attempts. Despite being unable to consistently pick up saves, Diaz sports a 1.89 ERA along with a 39:11 K:BB across 19 innings and is locked into the team's closer role.
Diaz (2-1) recorded the win in Thursday's extra-inning victory over the Yankees, walking one and striking out four over two scoreless innings of relief.
Both bullpens were shaky in the late innings -- eight of the 16 runs scored on the night came in the seventh inning or later -- but Diaz was the notable exception, blanking the Yanks in the ninth and 10th frames to set the stage for Pete Alonso's walkoff blast. The right-hander seems to have finally gotten comfortable as a Met and may be rediscovering the form he flashed in 2018 as a Mariner. Since the beginning of August, Diaz has a 1.32 ERA and massive 29:6 K:BB over 13.2 innings.
Diaz (1-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and one walk while striking out zero over one inning as he was charged with the loss during Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Yankees.
Diaz had put together scoreless outings in nine of his past 10 outings, but he was charged with his third blown save of the season Sunday as he allowed a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. He remained in the game for the eighth inning but allowed a walkoff single. The right-hander now carries a 2.77 ERA as he's converted two of his five save opportunities this season.
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