Edwin Diaz is easy. The cardboard scraps will stand still.
After a brutal debut season in Queens, which spent absorbing the poison of Mets fans, Diaz has quickly destroyed any optimism of a rebound campaign and has lost the confidence of new manager Luis Rojas, with his second meeting direct to the ninth inning that came on Thursday 4. -2 loss to the Red Sox at the Citi field.
Diaz, who appears for the first time since he managed to save on Sunday in a two-out, two-out home run that was tied by Marcell Ozuna of Atlanta, opened ninth with the Mets. After throwing 34 pitches in his first two outings of the season, Diaz needed 35 throws to record just one, allowing a run, two walks and a beat before leaving with the bases loaded.
After all, Rojas would not commit to using Diaz in high-leverage situations.
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“A Diaz different from what I saw at camp, from what I saw on the first two outings,” Rojas said. “It’s not the same Diaz we’ve seen recently. We definitely have to talk, we have to work and make sure we pick him up again.
“We have to work and fix it. We liked what we saw in the first two games, at camp, and that’s different.”
In addition to problems with Diaz’s command and mechanics, Rojas detected another problem.
“I saw some emotions tonight when I wasn’t getting the results,” Rojas said. “You have to control your emotions and it’s one of the things we’re definitely going to talk about.”
Diaz’s last setback began with an initial walk to Alex Verdugo. Then came a Michael Chavis single, followed by a four-spear walk to Andrew Benintendi to load the bases. After defeating Rafael Devers, Diaz took home a Boston insurance when he hit him with Jose Peraza. Diaz left the game responsible for three runners at base, but Paul Sewald withdrew the next two hitters to prevent Diaz’s ERA 7.7 from jumping higher.
Just five days earlier, Diaz, 26, opened the season with a savings, triggering flashbacks from the All-Star Mariners who posted a 57-light saving and an ERA 1.96 in 2018. Now, more familiar images have back closer. who lost his job last season while recording a 5.59 worst professional level ERA with seven savings.
Since joining the Mets, Diaz’s 37 winning runs, allowed in the ninth inning or later are the most yielded by any chant to the majors.