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Mets bullpen, led by Edwin Diaz, comes up big in win

The return of Edwin Diaz doesn’t just give the Mets back a key player at the back end of the bullpen.

This allows other high-leverage relievers to be used in a variety of ways.

Friday night was a good example.

Manager Carlos Mendoza brought on Adam Ottavino in the sixth inning, and Ottavino retired all four Padres batters he faced in a 2-1 Mets victory at Citi Field.

Adam Ottavino responded after the sixth inning of the Mets’ 2-1 win over the Padres. Getty Images

Ottavino retired Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado, and it was his best performance in a while after allowing runs in four of his six appearances.

“It was a very good game for Ottavino, he got four outs with two outs,” Mendoza said. [matchup] The right-handed pitcher was there and the situation was good. … They knew the situation before the game and he was ready to go. I just thought that was the right time for him.”

Ottavino contributed to a stellar performance from the relief corps, pitching four scoreless innings.

Jake Diekman, Sean Reed-Foley and Diaz were also named.

In the end, the bullpen allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out five.

Edwin Diaz celebrated getting a save in the Mets' win over the Padres.
Edwin Diaz celebrated getting the save in the Mets’ win over the Padres. Robert Szabo (New York Post)

“They’re all feeling good. When Edwin Diaz is available to pitch in the ninth inning, it’s a different game,” Mendoza said. “We can start changing combinations earlier if we need to. Today was one of those nights.”

Mendoza received positive feedback from second baseman Brett Batty’s first game Thursday for Triple-A Syracuse.

“He looked good. I spoke with Triple-A manager Dickey Scott this morning. Good or bad report,” Mendoza said. “He’s going to catch the ball. Like I said yesterday, it’s just a matter of knowing where he is and being able to get the double play. It’ll be good to get him going for one game.” [at that position]. “

Batty returned to his natural position, third base, on Friday night at Syracuse.

Starling Marte reached 350 career stolen bases in the second innings. Marte is the only active player with at least 350 stolen bases and at least 150 home runs.

With the win, Diaz recorded his 102nd career save with the Mets, moving him past Billy Wagner for fifth place in franchise history.