Philadelphia – Can a savior save a large number of leagues and still be strong one season?
Success is defined in many ways, especially for those who are relieved, and it is difficult for the meds to deny the number of Edwin Diaz. Of those, entering Wednesday, there was a 1.80 Era and the MLB had an excellent strikeouts-per-nine innings rate of 18-9 but then there was the fact that he blew four saves in just seven attempts.
“I know we won two games out of the four savings developed and we lost two,” Diaz said through an interpreter before facing the Mets Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. “So what I’m trying to do is help the team stay in the game so they can win that game and then eventually help them make the playoffs on the road.”
This barely sounds like Diaz’s devastating first season with the Mets, in which he surrendered 15 homers in 58 innings and put in a 5.59 ERA. Diaz went back to his home in Puerto Rico with a determination to improve, and he succeeded.
Overall, he is the strongest link in the bullpen that lost Seth Lugo last month to fill a void in the initial rotation. But that didn’t help Diaz’s cause that one of his meltdown subway series came at Yankee Stadium. With Aaron Hicks allowing Homer to go ahead, the right-hander made six appearances on Wednesday without entering, without scoring.
He was asked if there was anything in the idea that pitching to fans absent from the Bullparks this season has eased the pressure and helped it to thrive.
“I don’t think that’s the case,” Diaz said. “As professional athletes we expect to have fans at the ballpark and that’s how we prepare ourselves. Not this se fis ason – I know last season didn’t go the way I wanted – I prepared myself harder and with this expectation there will be fans at the ballpark as well.
“I think if we had fans this year, the result would be the same as the one I got now, because I’ve worked so hard for these results.”
A turn for Diaz could come after a shaky performance against the Red Sox at the start of the season. Diaz, who did not take five days, told manager Luis Rojas that he needed to work more frequently. Rojas has stuck to the schedule of Diaz pitching, every other day, until this last week. He hadn’t entered in almost a week when Diaz entered Tuesday’s game.
But Diaz, who struck next to his innings against the Phillies, said he was throwing his bullpen as if it were a game situation.
“[Diaz] We worked hard to reach this point, “said Roges. “Their confidence level is really high. It is matching content. We always heard that its material was electric. There was a game [against Boston] He was really emotional about where he was performing and he didn’t get strike calls. There were different things going on and I think things are going a little too fast for him, but I think this guy has done a great job just adjusting to come back.
“One thing he said to us, just that, ‘I want to pitch more.’ When you get used to a close role there are sometimes certain situations where you won’t come in four or five consecutive days, which just happened to him.He told us we could make better use of it, and we Challenged him, said we would use it first, in different situations when he came in, and he showed up every time. “
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