The Mets are sticking with Edwin Diaz.
The 25-year-old right-hander has pitched poorly throughout his first season in New York and he surrendered a crucial two-run homer to Victor Robles on Sunday in the ninth inning of the team’s 7-4 loss to the Nationals.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway addressed Diaz’s struggles when he met with reporters after the game.
“It’s been tough,” Callaway said, via SNY. “The common denominator in all of his homers is that they’re right down the middle. We didn’t execute a pitch. That’s normally what happens when you give up a home run. But we’re going to work hard and be diligent in getting the ball where we need to. We still have faith in Edwin.”
Callaway said after the loss – which snapped New York’s eight-game winning streak – the team had no plans to cut back on Diaz’s workload.
“The way we’re set up, we really can’t afford to do that,” Callaway said. “He’s going to continue to get big outs for us and pitch in big games. We’re going to pick our spots and do the best that we can with him to win a game every single night.”
Diaz was an All-Star last season but now holds a 5.60 ERA in 49 appearances in 2019.
“I try to have a positive attitude every single time,” Diaz said through a translator. “I’m just trying to get out of the rough stretch I’m in right now. If I’m frustrated all the time, it’s just going to get worse. Every single time on the mound, I’m just trying to get better.”
The Mets dropped to 61-57 and are one game out of the second National League wild-card spot. Despite the loss, they’ve still won 15 of their last 17.
New York took two of three from the Nationals and will start a three-game series against the NL East-leading Braves in Atlanta on Tuesday.
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