June 13, 2024

Mets closer Edwin Diaz open to change in role amid struggles

MIAMI — Edwin Diaz is open to a change to assist ignite the slumping New York Mets — even when which means dropping his role as closer.

Amid a horrible begin to the 2024 season in which he has blown two consecutive save possibilities and three of his previous 4, the star reliever with a $102 million contract mentioned he could be keen to change his role if the group thinks that is finest.

“I’m open to everything,” Diaz mentioned Saturday after squandering a four-run lead in the ninth inning towards one of many league’s worst-hitting groups in the Miami Marlins.

Diaz has a ten.80 ERA over his previous eight appearances after serving up 4 homers in 8⅓ innings.

“I want to help my team to win,” he mentioned. “That’s my main thing. If they want to talk to me about that and I feel good about it, I agree on it. I just want to win games in any position they put me.”

The struggling Mets (20-25) led the Marlins 9-5 when Díaz entered in the ninth.

He allowed an RBI single by Jazz Chisholm Jr. that drove in Vidal Brujan, who had led off with a double. Bryan De La Cruz reached on an infield single with one out, and Josh Bell hammered Diaz’s first-pitch slider 428 ft to straightaway heart area for a three-run shot that tied the rating.

That was it for Diaz, who wasn’t charged with a blown save as a result of he got here in with a four-run lead. But in his previous three outings he has given up seven earned runs, seven hits, three walks and two homers over 2⅓ innings.

New York misplaced 10-9 when Otto Lopez singled dwelling the profitable run off Jorge Lopez in the tenth.

Mets supervisor Carlos Mendoza mentioned he is involved about Diaz’s confidence. The 30-year-old Diaz, a two-time All-Star, indicated his struggles this season are principally psychological.

“I won’t lie, my confidence I feel is down right now,” he mentioned. “I’m making pitches. I’m throwing strikes. I’m trying to do my best to help the team to win. Right now I’m not in that capacity.

“Physically, I really feel 100% proper now. My physique is just not a difficulty. I feel proper now I’ve obtained to take into consideration what I’m doing, belief myself a little bit bit extra when I’m on the mound. I feel I’m pondering an excessive amount of.”

Mendoza indicated the team would consider moving Diaz out of the closer role to help him rebuild his confidence.

“It’s a type of issues I’ve to discuss to the teaching employees and to Edwin,” Mendoza said, “whether or not we would like to discover him some softer spots to get him going. He’s nonetheless our closer and he’ll get by it.”

Saturday was Diaz’s first outing at Miami’s dwelling ballpark since he tore the patellar tendon in his proper knee whereas celebrating a win for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic there in March 2023.

The harm required surgical procedure and value him the complete 2023 season. He was baseball’s most dominant closer in 2022, placing out 118 batters in 62 innings whereas saving 32 video games and compiling a 1.31 ERA.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.