New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway remains confident in closing pitcher Edwin Díaz despite the veteran struggling mightily this year.
It’s official, the New York Mets season will be over at the conclusion of this coming weekend. They’re out of playoff contention as of this past Wednesday. It’s crazy to see a team like this with so much talent miss the playoffs. They contain expertise within the lineup and their rotation, so what’s even the main issue?
Well, if you follow this ballclub, you certainly know it’s the bullpen, with closer Edwin Díaz residing at the forefront of the problem. Thus far in his first year as a Met, Díaz has a record of 2-7 with an ERA of 5.68 and a WHIP of 1.404 through 65 appearances on the mound. He has 25 saves on the season. However, despite the disappointing campaign, manager Mickey Callaway is keeping his confidence in his closer.
"It's one bad pitch and they make him pay, not with a base hit but a homer" – Mickey Callaway is baffled by Edwin Diaz's season and thinks he'll bounce back pic.twitter.com/5QOTVrTxko
— SNY (@SNYtv) September 27, 2019
“It’s one bad pitch and [the batter] makes [Díaz] pay, not with a base hit but a homer,” Callaway said after Thursday night’s 4-2 loss to the Miami Marlins. “It’s crazy, I’ve never seen anything like it. The good thing is, when things like that happen this often, they tend to right themselves and normalize. I don’t think this is going to continue to happen into next year. We have to work hard this Winter to make sure we get him in line and get his pitches where he wants to. I think he’ll be fine.”
Many fans want Díaz out next year. Heck, many want Callaway out too, which could happen as early as next week. It’ll be interesting to see if Callaway will even get the chance to right Díaz’s wrongs this Winter.