Brown: After Historic Loss, It's Clear Diaz, Callaway Must Go

Mets Can't Allow Them To Ruin Next Season, Too

Jake Brown
September 04, 2019 - 9:13 am

Seven losses. Six blown saves. A 5.65 ERA. And one final slap in the face. 

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Edwin Diaz has been the difference between the Mets being in the playoffs versus being out of it. Tuesday night’s all-time Mets collapse should be the final straw for Diaz’s future in orange and blue, Mickey Callaway’s rose-colored glasses sideshow and the team's playoff hopes. 

That’s a wrap, folks. There’s always next year. 

Ever seen rock bottom? Look 6 feet under that, and you might find Diaz. You might find Callaway there, too, with a smile on his face that makes Mets fans’ blood pressures hit historic heights. 

Edwin Diaz
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When Washington's Kurt Suzuki blasted a walk-off, three-run homer off Diaz to cap a seven-run ninth inning Tuesday night, there were no words to be uttered. There was just pure frustration and hearts ripped out of an entire fan base. We have seen it before, but never to the extent that it reached Tuesday night in D.C. It put the icing on the cake to what has been a monstrosity of a season for Diaz, the rest of the bullpen and Callaway. The closer should be gone. The manager should be gone. The season is gone. Just. Like. That. 

Teams with a six-run lead in the ninth inning were 274-0 this season. The Mets franchise had never blown a six-run lead in the ninth inning or later. Ever. 

Callaway thought he could trust Paul Sewald with a six-run lead in the ninth inning following his decision to pull Seth Lugo after the Mets tacked on five insurance runs in the top half of the inning. Sewald clearly has not proven he's a major league reliever. That moved failed. Callaway thought pulling Luis Avilan after giving up a single and replacing him with Diaz would work. It did not. Combine a bad bullpen that has truly been led by an abomination of a closer with a manager who has pushed nothing but the wrong buttons all season, and it equals a team that will now have three-plus weeks left of lifeless baseball. 

Diaz and Callaway should be nowhere close to the 2020 Mets. Send them to the moon. You cannot send Callaway packing quick enough once this season ends. The only blessing of the Mets not making the postseason is the fact that they can finally move on from the guy who never wants to hold anyone accountable. Diaz’s stuff was “electric,” this loss was “a little tougher than others,” and Noah Synergaard “battled” when he gave up 10 runs last week against the Cubs.

Night after night, there is never a level of frustration in the team or any sort of realistic mindset. He makes it sound as though every loss is the same and the Mets will go get them tomorrow, instead of igniting some kind of fire or showing any sort of emotion — unless you’re in the media and say “see you tomorrow, Mickey.” There won’t be any “see you tomorrow” left to be said in a few weeks. It will just be “see you never.”

Diaz has to be traded. Someone needs to take him off the Mets' hands for a bag of balls. We all know if he leaves, he would return to being one of the best closers in the game, because that is how it always works with this franchise. Players come here, go bad, leave the New York spotlight and then do great again. You just cannot sell the team or fan base on him after he has been one of the major reasons the team won’t be playing in October. The Mets traded top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn for Diaz and Robinson Cano with the expectation that the young closer would be lights out like he was in Seattle last season. Instead, Diaz has been a walking trainwreck every time he comes into a game. He has buried this team. Diaz is unwatchable. 

General manager Brodie Van Wagenen has to cut his losses after what looks like one of the worst trades in the history of baseball. It’s not even hyperbole at this point. Even if Cano turns out to be decent, Van Wagenen traded good prospects for a closer who will be remembered for destroying the 2019 season. Taking him off the roster alone would give the team at least five more wins next season.Who cares if Diaz is cheap and under team control? You cannot hope and pray that he magically turns it around and his “electric” stuff starts getting guys out. Send him packing. 

This team nearly had us fans quit at the All-Star break, reeled us back in late July and into August, sucked the life out of us after a six-game losing streak to end August, tried to bring us back in again with a few wins and then left us with a big slap in the face Tuesday night.

Diaz, the rest of the bullpen and the manager put the Mets in a hole in the first half. The same trio sunk them in September. It was a fun little ride while it lasted, but the 2019 Mets are done. Toast. Finished. 

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