|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||3/22/1994|
|Height, Weight||6'3", 165 lbs|
|Drafted||2012 - Rd 3|
Diaz picked up the save against Atlanta on Thursday, recording one out while allowing no earned runs and no hits to close out a 10-8 win for the Mets. He recorded one strikeout and one walk.
Diaz's role has come into question of late due to his struggles this season, but he bagged his 25th save of the year in this contest with a successfully converted one-out opportunity. It's still probably not enough to fully ease the mind of manager Mickey Callaway just yet, as Diaz is sporting a 5.56 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 45.1 innings for the season.
Diaz struck out two but gave up a two-run home run in an inning of relief during Sunday's loss to the Nationals.
The Mets were already down by a run when Diaz took the mound in the ninth inning, but he dug the hole deeper. Manager Mickey Callaway has repeatedly refused to name anyone else as his closer, but he said Sunday that Seth Lugo would be getting regular save chances moving forward, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. "I think you always have to be open for adjustments," Callaway said. "The season is going to change. Guys are going to be effective at times, not effective at times. At this point, the sample sizes aren't that small anymore. I believe that guys have earned a right to do something until they haven't." Diaz has definitely un-earned a spot in the ninth inning -- he's managed only one scoreless outing in his last six appearances, and since the beginning of July he has a 7.62 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over 13 innings despite maintaining a 14.5 K/9.
Manager Mickey Callaway confirmed Monday that Diaz is the closer and he's "going to be our closer," Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Callaway hinted Sunday that Diaz may be losing his grip on the closer's role, though he was singing a different tune Monday. Diaz continued to struggle during Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader with the Marlins, hitting a batter and walking one in a scoreless ninth inning, though all signs point to him remaining the team's closer moving forward.
Manager Mickey Callaway said, "We have to be open minded...we can't lock ourselves into one thing" when asked about the closer's role Sunday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Diaz has received consistent support in the ninth-inning role despite his struggles all season, but that appears to have changed after he allowed runs in each of his last four outings. The 25-year-old hasn't been informed of a change, so he could very well receive more opportunities, but his 5.44 ERA and 1.47 WHIP may prompt the Mets to try an alternative option like Seth Lugo.