Mets’ Edwin Diaz, closer role in flux, upbeat with newfound hope

Days after Edwin Diaz admitted he was having confidence issues, the Mets pitcher was in a better head space Sunday.

Diaz has struggled mightily this season, and frustration overwhelmed the Mets closer as he blew a four-run lead into the ninth inning on Friday against the Marlins at Lawndepot Park and ultimately lost 10-9. Things got better as a result.

But Sunday seemed like a new day, and in a conversation with the Post’s Jon Heyman, his tone sounded more optimistic after a bullpen session that left him hopeful that things might work out. It might work out sooner than expected.

Edwin Diaz left the field after being given a lead-off against the Marlins on Saturday. Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports

“I feel good, it’s great,” Diaz told Heyman.

“I’ve talked to them and we’re on the same page. Just go to work, get your confidence back and get back to your last job.”

Friday’s situation was a boost for Diaz, who was reportedly left in tears in the Mets’ clubhouse after reporters finished taking postgame questions.

Steve Gelbs of SNY Diaz reported that she put her head in her hands and began crying until Francisco Lindor came to comfort her.

The right-hander was far from the dominant closer Mets fans were accustomed to a few years ago.

In his last eight appearances. Diaz has a 10.80 ERA while allowing four home runs in 8 1/3 innings.

Due to this struggle, the Mets have described Diaz’s closer role as “in flux,” and will likely rely on him in low-leverage situations first before returning him to the closer role if he shows improvement.

Edwin Diaz has struggled this season.
Edwin Diaz has struggled this season after missing the entire 2023 season. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

“Our job is to put him in situations where he can be successful,” Mets manager Carlos Mendoza told reporters. According to SNY. “The game will be decided and he’s going to do whatever he needs to do. We’ll go from there.”

The Mets won only two of their first five games, but will finish an eight-game road trip in Cleveland, hoping to turn things around.