Joe And Evan: Edwin Diaz Is Worst Closer In Mets History

Joe & Evan
September 04, 2019 - 11:44 am

After Edwin Diaz's latest meltdown on the mound, WFAN's Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts declared Wednesday that the right-hander is the worst closer in Mets history.

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The Mets took a 10-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night in Washington. Diaz entered the game with a 10-6 lead, bases loaded and one out. Instead of slamming the door shut on the Nationals' comeback bid, he surrendered a two-run double to Ryan Zimmerman and a walk-off, three-run homer to Kurt Suzuki in the 11-10 loss.

It was Diaz's sixth blown save of the season. The jewel of new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen's offseason moves, Diaz is now 1-7 with a 5.65 ERA.  

"Here's the moment, Joe, Sept. 3, I'm done," Roberts said. "Get him out. I can't look at him. He doesn't deserve another chance. I thought (pitching coach) Phil Regan fixed his slider. I thought he was different. He's worse than ever. And he is — you said this off-air, you're right — he's the worst closer the Mets have ever had. He's not the closer anymore — whatever he is."

"This guy is the worst we ever had," Benigno said. " ... If you want to pin this now-lost season on one guy, it's got to be Edwin Diaz."

Roberts called it "the worst regular season (Mets) loss I've seen in a decade."

Edwin Diaz delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Phillies on June 27, 2019, at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
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Benigno said he went to bed after the Mets scored five runs in the top of the ninth to take a 10-4 lead, thinking they had the game locked up. He woke up Wednesday to news of the collapse.

"It was like Muhammad Ali just hit me with the phantom punch," he said. "That's how I felt. I couldn't believe it that they blew this game. Still to this moment, I'm having a hard time believing that they lost -- how did they lose this game?"

To listen to Joe and Evan's reaction to the Mets' loss, click on the audio player above.