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Ranking the 10 best pitchers in the National League East

Aug 4, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitchers Jacob deGrom (left) and
Aug 4, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitchers Jacob deGrom (left) and / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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4) Best pitchers in the NL East: Edwin Diaz

You know a pitcher is having an absurd season when it's shocking that the opponent puts a ball in play. Or even fouls a ball off. The season Edwin Diaz is having is one I have never seen before and might never see again.

I am used to watching Jacob deGrom blow hitters away start after start. I am not used to a closer being as lock down as Diaz has been this season for the Mets.

This season, Diaz has gone 2-1 with a 1.46 ERA in 49 appearances. He's pitched in a couple of different roles. He's the primary closer, but has also served as the guy who's tasked with getting the best hitters on the opposing team out, even if it isn't the ninth inning.

Diaz did just allow a run but before that, had not allowed a run to score since June 18. He has not blown a save since May 24th. Diaz has been pretty much unhittable all season long.

What has made Diaz's season so special is the rate he has struck batters out. His 17.7 K/9 not only leads the majors by a wide margin, but it also ties Aroldis Chapman for the all-time K/9 record in which a pitcher has thrown a minimum of 15 innings.

It's gotten to the point where it's shocking if Diaz only strikes out one or two batters in an inning. His slider has been untouchable, generating a whiff 54.8% of the time.

When Diaz locates, it's impossible for the opposition to do anything but flail at his pitches. Edwin should and will get Cy Young votes. The only question is where will he finish.

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