In a series of unfortunate events, the New York Mets faced significant setbacks with their closers. First, they lost Edwin Diaz to injury during the spring, followed by losing his replacement, David Robertson, to a trade with the Miami Marlins. With these challenges, Mets manager Buck Showalter made it clear that the team won’t rush Diaz’s return from his torn right patellar tendon injury.
Showalter emphasized that the decision to bring Edwin Diaz back would be solely based on medical evaluations, not driven by the team’s need for a closer or their potential postseason chances. Although Diaz expressed his hope to return this season and has shown positive progress in his recovery, the Mets are proceeding with caution and won’t experiment with his return.
Despite Diaz beating recovery benchmarks, Showalter doesn’t want to rush the process, and getting back on the mound remains a distant goal. The recent departure of David Robertson has not changed the timeline for Diaz’s potential return.
In the meantime, Showalter announced that he won’t designate a specific closer in Robertson’s absence. Instead, the team will use various matchups, as demonstrated in their recent victory over the Washington Nationals, where Brooks Raley secured the save with a scoreless ninth inning.
Raley, who might also be subject to a trade before the deadline, could continue to get opportunities to close games, along with Adam Ottavino. The Mets are keeping their options open, including evaluating young relievers like Grant Hartwig, who could rise to more critical situations.
In positive news, Jeff McNeil showed improvement, getting three hits in Friday’s game and hitting safely in six of his last seven games. Despite his season-long struggle, he’s displaying signs of breaking out of the slump.
On the pitching front, Carlos Carrasco, who is scheduled to start on Saturday, faced challenges in his recent outings, allowing nine earned runs in seven innings over two games. His strikeout rate has dropped, and his walk rate has increased, contributing to his struggles and a high 5.82 ERA.
In other Mets-related news, there’s currently no room for Luke Voit on the Queens roster. However, the former Yankees first baseman demonstrated his prowess, homering for a sixth consecutive game for Triple-A Syracuse.
As the Mets navigate through these challenges, Showalter and the team are focused on making well-informed decisions and prioritizing player health and long-term performance. Diaz’s return remains uncertain, but the team is committed to ensuring his full recovery before stepping back into the game. With a careful approach, the Mets aim to stay competitive and make the best decisions for the team’s success.
Source : NY Post
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