The New York Mets trailed 5-4 entering the ninth-inning against the Washington Nationals. Edwin Diaz came into the game to pitch after Jeurys Famila struck out the side in the eighth-inning. Diaz's struggles continued as he gave up a two-run homer to Victor Robles on a curveball.
Washington won the game 7-4 and they avoided the sweep. Edwin Diaz should no longer take on the closer role for this team. He has struggled big time this season ever since being traded from the Seattle Mariners in the offseason.
Seth Lugo deserves to be the closer from here on out. Lugo also struggled at the beginning of the season, but he has earned his way into that role.
In Diaz's last six outings, he has given up seven runs and his ERA in that span is 11.13. Edwin Diaz's record so far this season is 1-6 with a 5.50 ERA. He has appeared in 49 games so far this season. Diaz has pitched in 45 innings so far this season. He has given up 49 hits and 28 runs. Edwin Diaz has walked 17 batters and has struck out 73.
He has recorded 24 saves in 29 tries.
Lugo has appeared in 45 games so far this season. His record is 5-2 with a 2.65 ERA. In 57.2 innings pitched so far this season, he has given up 40 hits and 21 runs. Seth Lugo has walked 13 batters and struck out 75. He has two saves so far this season even though both of those have been recently. Lugo has blown four saves and all of them were before his hot stretch.
Lugo didn't appear in the game for the New York Mets this afternoon and he should have. Seth Lugo has gotten big outs when he has needed to and Lugo hasn't been as prone of being wild like Diaz has.
Manager Mickey Callaway still wants to use Edwin Diaz in big moments, but Callaway may have to go away from it sooner rather than later. This team has gone on a big run to even be in contention to begin with and they can't mess it up now.
At the moment, New York is one game back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card spot in the National League.
The Mets will have a huge three-game series coming up on the road against the National League East leading Atlanta Braves starting on Tuesday night.