Edwin Diaz is leaving easily. The cardboard cuts will stay smooth.
After a brutal debut season in Queens, overcoming poison absorption by Mets fans, Diaz has quickly shattered any optimism of a dance campaign, and potentially lost the trust of new manager Luis Rojas, with his second direct merger of next nine coming on Thursday 4 -2 loss to Red Sox at Citi Field.
Diaz – appearing for the first time since blowing up Sunday in a two-strike house linked to games run by Marcell Ozuna of Atlanta – was called up to open the ninth with the Mets following one. After throwing 34 pitches in his first two outings of the season, Diaz needed 35 pitches to record just one out, allowing one run, two walks and one hit kick, before leaving with charged bases.
After that, Rojas would not commit to using Diaz in high power situations.
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“A Diaz different from the one I saw at the camp than the one I saw the first two exits,” Rojas said. “Not the same Diaz we’ve seen lately. We definitely have talks, we need to work and make sure we get him right on track right away.
“We have to work on it and fix it. We liked what we saw in the first two games, and at camp, and that’s different.”
In addition to issues with Diaz’s command and mechanics, Rojas discovered another problem.
“I saw some emotion tonight when he was not getting results,” Rojas said. “He has to control his emotions and these are some of the things we will talk about eventually.”
Diaz’s last hurdle started with an advantage walk towards Alex Verdugo. Next came a bachelor from Michael Chavis, followed by a four-step walk towards Andrew Benintendi to charge the bases. After attacking Rafael Devers, Diaz brought home a Boston-led security guard hitting Jose Peraza. Diaz left the game responsible for three runners at the base, but Paul Sewald withdrew in two consecutive attacks to prevent Diaz’s 7.71 ERA from being thrown higher.
Just five days ago, Diaz, 26, opened the season with a saving, sparking the Mariners All-Star who posted a high savings in 57 leagues and an ERA of 1.96 in 2018. Now, the most popular images are close-up who lost his job last season while recording a worse career at 5.59 ERA with seven booming savings.
Since joining the Mets, the 37 Diaz-earned shots allowed in nine or later are the most removed from any pitcher in diplomas.