Edwin Diaz isn’t all entrance music. He’s actually having possibly the greatest season of any New York Mets closer. It’s the current stretch he is on securing his place as a Mets legend.
Doing either of those is impressive. Doing them both is just astounding.
Mets closer Edwin Diaz is on a dominant run
It was June 18 against the Miami Marlins when Diaz last gave up a run of any kind. He still secured the save and struck out the side in the appearance.
There isn’t enough space in one tweet to mention all of the great things he is doing. Now with 26 saves on the season and a 1.36 ERA, he is showing no signs of slowing down whatsoever.
Now 44 appearances into this season, there are only 6 instances where he allowed a run. Each has been earned. Only in his blown save and loss against the San Francisco Giants in late May did he give up more than one.
The Diaz we’ve seen this season is remarkable. A strikeout rate of 18.1 per 9 right now, he’s striking out literally more than 2 batters per inning. The fact that he even has three appearances this year without a strikeout is surprising. But with 14 appearances with 3+ strikeouts, we can see why he has been able to maintain such a high average.
What’s most amazing of all is how quickly things turned from his first year with the club in 2019. Diaz was bad beyond reason. You couldn’t go a day without seeing someone roast Brodie Van Wagenen for giving up so much to acquire him and Robinson Cano. In the years since, he has been much better. Never more than he is right now.
On Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, fans embraced him even more as they are doing with Francisco Lindor, another player whose first year with the team drew more boos than cheers.
Mets fans are openly in love with Diaz right now. Can we blame them? Before he even steps on the mound, there’s a buzz of excitement in the air.
Having a closer like this is essential for a championship run. Although we should certainly expect someone to get the best of Diaz at some point before the end of the year and actually score against him, it’s hard to imagine them doing much.