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August 7, 2020 11:28 AM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: Out of closer role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diaz's last two appearances have come with the Mets trailing. He has three strikeouts while allowing zero hits and one walk in two scoreless frames over that span.

Seth Lugo picked up the save Wednesday, and given Diaz's usage of late, it seems like Lugo is the guy to roster in that bullpen right now. There is no denying that Diaz has the stuff to close, but he also doesn't have the trust of manager Luis Rojas.

July 31, 2020 04:08 PM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: Closing job could be in jeopardy
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diaz struck out one batter while allowing one earned run on one hit and two walks in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Red Sox.

Manager Luis Rojas said he was "definitely not concerned" with Diaz after he blew the save in Saturday's loss to the Braves, but that stance has clearly shifted after another rough outing Thursday. The skipper wasn't decisive when asked whether or not Diaz will keep his closer job. Rojas said the Mets' brass is going to discuss the reliever's usage in high-leverage situations moving forward, according to Anthony DiComo of Seth Lugo or Jeurys Familia could take over the closing duties if the Mets do indeed decide to move away from Diaz in the ninth.

July 25, 2020 08:04 PM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: Manager not concerned
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Mets Manager Luis Rojas said he was "definitely not concerned" about Diaz after the reliever allowed a homer to Marcell Ozuna to blow the save in Saturday's loss to the Braves, Anthony DiComo of reports.

The Mets wouldn't commit to a clear closer prior to the season, though Diaz was used in a save situation in both of the team's first two games. He got the job done in Friday's season opener but was beaten for the game-tying run Saturday, a potentially worrying sign given that he blew seven saves while struggling to a 5.59 ERA last season. One poor outing won't shake his manager's faith too much, but the Mets indicated they'd be willing to give ninth-inning opportunities to other pitchers before the season started and that presumably remains as true as ever following Saturday's loss.

July 25, 2020 10:52 AM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: Earns Opening Day save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diaz tossed one scoreless inning Friday as he picked up the save against Atlanta. He allowed no hits and one walk while striking out two.

Coming out of camp, it was unclear who would be the team's top option in the ninth inning, but the Mets called on Diaz to preserve the one-run lead in Friday's contest. He allowed a walk with one out, but he struck out the final two batters of the game. While the right-hander should have less job security in 2020 after recording a career-worst 5.59 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with seven blown saves last season, his usage Friday is encouraging.

July 23, 2020 08:32 PM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: No insight on role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diaz wants to close for the Mets this season but doesn't know whether or not he's the top ninth-inning option, Anthony DiComo of reports.

Reports from earlier in camp suggested that the Mets' closer position had yet to be decided, and it seems as though that's still the case. Diaz had one of the most dominant closer seasons in recent memory for the Mariners in 2018, saving 57 games while posting a 1.96 ERA and a 44.3 percent strikeout rate. However, his ERA exploded to 5.59 last year, his first with the Mets, as he blew seven save chances. The Mets have a handful of quality alternatives this season, as Dellin Betances, Jeurys Familia and Seth Lugo have saved a combined 169 games over their respective careers.

July 5, 2020 04:44 PM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: Closing duties up in the air
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Luis Rojas declined to commit to Diaz as the team's closer Sunday and said, "I don't know yet. We'll get there at some point," Anthony DiComo of reports.

Rojas brought up Diaz, Dellin Betances, Seth Lugo and Jeurys Familia as potential options for the ninth inning, and he also floated the possibility of utilizing a committee approach. Diaz should remain the favorite given his pedigree and what the team gave up to acquire him, but his 2019 struggles (5.59 ERA and 1.38 WHIP while blowing seven of 33 save chances) are unlikely to be forgotten quickly.

March 29, 2020 01:28 PM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: Still set to close
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 27, 2020 12:12 PM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: Rough start to spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

January 10, 2020 04:40 PM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: No arbitration needed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 29, 2019 10:12 AM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: Records 26th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 4, 2019 01:40 PM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: Blows save in meltdown
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 29, 2019 02:20 AM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: Good to go Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diaz (neck) is available out of the bullpen Wednesday against the Cubs, Anthony DiComo of 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.

August 27, 2019 04:16 PM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: May be available Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 25, 2019 11:00 AM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: Improving but unavailable Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 24, 2019 11:28 PM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: Dealing with trap tightness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Diaz was removed from Saturday's game against the Braves with right trap tightness, Anthony DiComo of 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.

August 16, 2019 09:52 AM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: Picks up one-out save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 12, 2019 10:36 AM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: Role in flux
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 "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.

August 5, 2019 07:40 PM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: To remain in closer's role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Mickey Callaway confirmed Monday that Diaz is the closer and he's "going to be our closer," Anthony DiComo of 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.

August 4, 2019 01:12 PM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: Losing grip on closer's role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 1, 2019 12:28 AM
Mets' Edwin Diaz: Records 24th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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vs Atlanta 3.200 4.91328
vs LHB 24.000 3.3801344
vs RHB 33.000 7.360953
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