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New York Mets: Three possible paths for handling Edwin Diaz

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 03: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets pitches in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 3, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 03: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets pitches in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on August 3, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – AUGUST 16: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets throws in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 16, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Edwin Diaz hasn’t been the closer the New York Mets fans expected. Let’s take a look at three paths the team can take with him.

Edwin Diaz has made Armando Benitez look like postseason Mariano Rivera. In his first year with the New York Mets, he has single-handedly cost this team a legitimate shot at the playoffs. Whether he has blown saves or performed poorly in non-save situations, it has been an ugly season for Diaz in Flushing.

Following an all-time great season by a closer last year with the Seattle Mariners, Diaz seems to have lost all of the magic that made him so special. For the first two months of 2019, he looked like a slightly depleted version of himself from last year. Since June, it has been far worse.

As a result, Mets fans have turned on him. Some hold out hope he figures things. There’s no guarantee he does. The wisdom of Phil Regan can only go so deep into a pitcher’s head until it crawls out the other ear.

Home runs have killed Diaz more than anything else. He has already surrendered nearly three times as many as he did in all of 2018. In fact, he has allowed nearly as many home runs this year as he did runs of any kind in 2019.

We knew Diaz wouldn’t repeat his 2018 performance. Still, we didn’t think his ERA would go up four runs per nine.

Moving forward, the Mets have a few ways they can handle Diaz. Thinking about it for the 2019 season and even beyond, they have three choices.

From the extreme to the more conservative approach, these are the three options the Mets have with Diaz’s future.

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