Edwin Diaz is going through a serious rough patch right now and the New York Mets are considering changing up his role.
The Mets thought Diaz would come into Flushing and solidify the backend of the bullpen. It’s been quite the opposite. Diaz’s ERA has ballooned to 5.76 after a dreadful four-run performance on Friday. In his last eight games, Diaz has a 15.26 ERA and the Mets are considering changing things up.
“We talk about all kinds of things internally all the time,’’ manager Mickey Callaway said via Wallace Matthews of Yahoo Sports.” I think the one thing we will always try to do is try to use our personnel the best we can, and if somebody steps up and is getting the job done better in that role, than we would consider it probably.’’
If the Mets decide to give Diaz a reprieve from the high-leverage world of closing games, they can turn to Seth Lugo or Jeurys Familia. Lugo, who is sporting a 3.43 ERA, has been the better of the two this year, but Familia has more experience closing games.
Familia led the National League with 51 saves in 2016 and notched 43 saves the season prior. However, his 7.76 ERA in 2019 shouldn’t inspire much confidence from Callaway.
Simply put, the Mets are in a no-win situation with their bullpen. They have a bullpen ERA of 5.63, which is bad enough for 28th in the MLB.
At 13.5 games back of the first-place Atlanta Braves, the Mets appear to be running out of time to sort themselves out.