New York Mets right-hander Edwin Diaz will remain their closer going forward, according to manager Mickey Callaway.
It’s safe to say it’s been a disappointing year thus far for New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz. Through 48 appearances (44.0 innings pitched) in 2019, Diaz is posting a record of 1-6 with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.455 WHIP. He also has 71 strikeouts and 16 walks en route to just 24 saves on the year.
This comes just one year removed from his All-Star selection along with his major league-leading 57 saves.
However, despite the disappointing campaign, Mets manager Mickey Callaway makes it known that Diaz will still be the team’s closer going forward.
“We brought in the guy that’s gonna be our closer, and has been our closer, in a situation where you normally bring in your closer,” Callaway said, per Mollie Walker and Howie Kussoy of the New York Post. “And he did a good job.”
The Mets went with Diaz to close out the first game of a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins on Monday. In the final inning, Diaz struck out two, walked one, and allowed no hits nor runs. The Mets won 6-2.
In the second of the two games, reliever Seth Lugo achieved a six-out save, helping the Mets finish out the 5-4 victory.
Rejoice Mets fans, your team is one of the hottest in baseball at the moment. They’ve won nine of their last ten, having won each of their last four series. New York is officially only 2.0 games out of the National League Wild Card race.
The Mets will finish out a four-game series against the Marlins with games on Tuesday and Wednesday. They’ll then take on the Washington National in a three-game series starting on Friday at Citi Field.