Success is defined in different ways, particularly for relievers, and it is difficult for the Mets to show the number of Edwin Diaz. Among those entering on Wednesday, MLB had a best strike-per-innings innings rate at 1.80 ERA and 18.9. But even after that the fact was that he had made four saves in only seven attempts.
“I know that two of the four matches were lost and we won two,” Diaz said via an interpreter before facing Phils at Citizen Bank Park. “So what I’m trying to do is help the team to stay in the game, so they can win that game and then eventually be able to help them road the playoffs.”
It resembles Diaz’s disastrous first season with the Mets, in which he surrendered 15 homers in 58 innings and pitched for a 5.59 ERA. Diaz homered Puerto Rico, who was determined to get better, and became successful.
Overall, she has been the strongest link in a bullpen that lost to Seth Lugo last month to fill a void in the opening rotation. But this has not helped Diaz’s cause that one of his matches happened at Yankee Stadium in the subdown series. Since allowing Aaron Hicks that go-forward homer, the right-hander made six appearances without giving up a single, entering on Wednesday.
He was asked if there is anything to the idea that pitching has eased and helped pressure absent fans at the ballpark this season.
“I don’t think that’s the case,” Diaz said. “As professional athletes we are expected to be fans at the ballpark and this is how we prepare ourselves. This is objectionable – I know the way I didn’t want to go last season – I pushed myself even harder and with the hope that there would be fans at the ballpark.
“I think if we had a fan this year the result would have been the same as what I’m seeing right now because I’ve done a lot of work for these results.”
A spectacular turn against the Red Sox early in the season could be a turning point for Diaz. Diaz, who did not pitch in five days, told manager Luis Rojas that he needed to work more consistently. Until last week, Rosa had largely banned the program of pitching Diaz every other day. When Diaz entered Tuesday’s game, he didn’t pitch in about a week.
But Diaz, who hit the side in his innings against the Phillies, said he kept his bullpens sharp by throwing them as if they were game conditions.
“[Diaz] Worked hard to get to this point, ”said Roja. “Their confidence level is really high. He is matching the stuff. We always heard that his luggage was electric. Was a game [against Boston] Where he was really passionate about it when he was performing and he was not getting strike calls. There were different things happening and I felt that things were moving too fast for him, but I think this guy did a great job, just adjusting to come back.
He said, “There is one thing he said to us, ‘I want to pitch more.” When you are used to the role of a close, sometimes there is a special situation where you do not come in four or five consecutive days, which happened to him. He told us that we use him better, and we challenged him, saying that we were going to use him even earlier, under different circumstances when he came and he showed it every time. ”