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New York Mets: Will Edwin Diaz hurt or help the bullpen in 2020?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth inning during a game at Citi Field on September 06, 2019 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth inning during a game at Citi Field on September 06, 2019 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JULY 16: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of the interleague game on July 16, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Mets defeated the Twins 3-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The biggest shortcoming of the 2019 New York Mets was their poor bullpen, specifically the performance by closer Edwin Diaz. Will he turn things around in 2020?

Year after year the New York Mets franchise brings in a mix of promising new players and over the hill vets, promising that this is going to be our year. They start off hot in Spring Training going into the beginning of the season giving the fans a sense of ignorant bliss, that THIS will be our year.

We saw it in 2018 finishing April eight games above .500 and sinking lower and lower until we were 77-85 by the end of the season. So why does this team seem to fall apart around the same time almost every year despite starting the season off with high spirits?

Mets fans went into the 2019 season with a newfound sense of hope after finishing the 2018 season with a 77-85 record. Much of this optimism stemmed from the changes new General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen was making.

One of the biggest changes made was signing All-Star closer Edwin Diaz in the 2018 offseason. Coming to New York from Seattle, Diaz had just finished his 2018 season with a 1.96 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and clinching 93% of his save opportunities.

So how did Diaz go from the breakout season he had in 2018, to giving up double the number of hits per nine innings just in the first half of 2019 than he had in the entire 2018 season?

Let’s look into some of the possible reasons for what happened last season and what this means for the Mets going forward; because we all know the chances of him going anywhere are slim to none.

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