The New York Mets couldn’t find an answer at the closer spot in 2019. In 2020, these five men look like potential options.
The New York Mets bullpen in 2019 was one of the worst in the entire MLB. Outside of Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson, no Mets relief pitcher has an ERA under 4.50 with at least 10 innings pitched. Given the bullpen at the start of the season, this is rather shocking due to the big names brought in to help solidify the back end of the bullpen.
The man who was brought in to save games, Edwin Diaz, has been disappointing to put it nicely. In 61 games this year, Diaz has a 5.83 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, 7 blown saves, and a career-high 14 home runs allowed in only 54 innings. It is clear Diaz was not going to be able to duplicate his previous season but to see him take this big of a step backward is shocking.
Going into this offseason the bullpen, more importantly, the closer role will clearly have to be addressed. There should be plenty of options with a lot of relief pitchers becoming free agents this winter. Let’s take a look at some options to close games for the Mets in 2020.
Anybody who wants Diaz gone because of one bad year better get over it because it is hard to see him going anywhere anytime soon. The Mets gave up a huge haul for him and it will take more than one bad year to ship him out. Diaz is only 25 years old and under contract through 2022. The man has been great his previous three seasons and has shown good signs at points this year too.
People tend to forget the historic year Diaz put up last year with the Seattle Mariners. In 65 games and 73.1 innings, Diaz posted a 1.96 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 125 strikeouts, and led the league with 57 saves.
This season is obviously a different story, but he has shown good signs with 91 strikeouts in 54 innings and being able to throw a 100 MPH fastball and a 90+ MPH slider with crazy movement regularly. Whether people like it or not, expect Diaz to be an option next year despite his year this year.