Mets' Edwin Diaz closes game against Braves.
Jul 24, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pumps his fist after closing an opening day game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets All-Star closer Edwin Diaz is under a huge microscope this season after a brutal performance during the 2019 campaign from the high-priced veteran.

Diaz looked darn good in New York’s season-opening win against the Atlanta Braves on Friday. He was seemingly set to follow that up with another save against Atlanta Saturday.

Diaz retired the first two batters of the ninth inning. Unfortunately, Marcell Ozuna’s presence at the plate with two outs and two strikes led to a reminder of just how rocky some of Diaz’s appearances can be.

Ozuna took Diaz yard to tie the game up at two.

That’s just some brutal stuff right there. As you can see, Diaz was clearly frustrated after giving up the solo homer to tie the game.

The Mets are going to need more from Diaz if they hope to compete with the Braves and defending World Series champion Washington Nationals in the NL East this season. That’s for sure.

Vincent Frank
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