Mets' Edwin Diaz Asking Opposing Batters For Pitching Feedback

Had Career-High 5.59 ERA In 2019

Rob Lep
February 18, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Safe to say New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz would like to forget his 2019 season. He had a career-high 5.59 ERA and 26 saves in 58 innings pitched.

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Back on Sept.0 26, 2019, Diaz allowed his 15th ninth-inning home run of the season, setting the record for the most ninth-inning home runs given up by a pitcher in a single season in Major League history.

New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz warms-up during workouts on Feb 18, 2020 at spring training.
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This spring, Diaz has been taking a new approach during spring training, asking opposing batters to give him feedback on his pitches.

For example, as Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports, Diaz's teammate Jed Lowrie, took a slider that was low and away.

From Thosar:

Diaz asked him why he didn’t swing at the pitch. Lowrie explained that if the pitch had been a little higher, and a little more deceptive, he would’ve swung at it.

The next pitch, another slider low and away, Lowrie swung hard, and missed hard.

“Better?” Diaz shouted from the mound.

“Yeah, that was better,” Lowrie responded.

Manager Luis Rojas had nothing but high praise for Diaz after Tuesday's throwing session.

“It was a good first day. He’s amped up about it,” Rojas said. “You can see the fastball that had the sail, up in the zone and then out of the strike zone. He got a couple of chases, got a couple of swings and misses from the guys. I know the guys were talking about how good his stuff is.”