Mike Francesa: Edwin Diaz Can't Be A Closer In New York

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September 04, 2019 - 6:03 pm

Edwin Diaz is having a season to forget.

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Diaz has struggled throughout his first year with the Mets, but Tuesday night’s loss in Washington might’ve been his worst moment yet with the team. Diaz came into the game in the ninth inning with New York up 10-6. He then allowed a two-run double to Ryan Zimmerman and a walk-off, three-run homer to Kurt Suzuki in the 11-10 loss.

Mike Francesa has just about seen enough of Diaz. He started off his show Wednesday on WFAN by saying that he doesn’t think Diaz has what it takes to pitch in New York.

“They have to rebuild this bullpen … They cannot go into next year and expect Diaz to be their closer,” said Francesa. “I do not believe that you can have him, with the year he has had here … when you come to New York with that resume, and you implode the way he has, you have to go elsewhere … I don’t believe mentally, as well as physically, they will be able to fix Diaz. I think if they try, they will fail … I think he has already been beat up to the point in this town where he needs a change of scenery.”

Diaz was supposed to come in and be a shut-down closer for the Mets when they acquired him from the Mariners in the offseason. Just last year, the Puerto Rican reliever managed a very impressive 57 saves. This year, Diaz is 1-7 with a 5.65 ERA and six blown saves.

It’s true that the entirety of the Mets’ bullpen has struggled, but Diaz’ issues stand out from the rest.

Somehow, despite their horrendous bullpen, the Mets surged after the All-Star break to get back into playoff contention. But Tuesday’s loss could be a sign that it was all too little too late.

Edwin Diaz
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Still, Francesa thinks Diaz is tradable because of his past history in the league.

“He is eminently tradable. He’s 25-years-old. He’s coming off back-to-back years where he had 91 (total) saves. He throws the ball 99 miles per hour. He’s got wicked stuff. He is fixable in a lot of people’s minds. You will have more than one team that will think they can fix him and take him and steal him from the Mets.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to the full open from Mike Francesa's Wednesday show.

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