The New York Mets have been extremely solid all season long.
They currently have an 83-48 record, the second-best in the National League behind the almighty Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Mets have been solid all around the diamond: they have a strong rotation, a productive offense, and a very solid bullpen led by star closer Edwin Diaz.
Diaz has been the nastiest, most dominant reliever in baseball with some difference.
He is pitching at a really high level in 2022, but has been particularly effective as of late.
“2 runs allowed in his last 33 games….and 66 Ks,” Codify Baseball tweeted about the right-hander, who had his entrance song “Narco” performed by Timmy Trumpet live at Citi Field on Wednesday night.
2 runs allowed in his last 33 games….and 66 Ks. 😮 https://t.co/wN3ylcBn69
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) September 1, 2022
Diaz, for the season, has a 1.38 ERA, which is definitely elite territory.
A Strikeout Machine
The most amazing thing about him is that no one in MLB has his kind of strikeout ability and upside.
In 52.1 innings, the electric Diaz has 100 (!) strikeouts already.
If you think about it, he almost has two strikeouts for each inning he throws: that’s an insane rate that only he can sustain over a significant period of time.
He has a triple-digits fastball and a wipeout slider that takes hitters’ souls on a nightly basis.
He is just a joy to watch.
For the Mets, he has been as automatic as it gets in the ninth inning: with 29 saves in the season’s first five months, he projects to finish around 40 when all is said and done.
Diaz is a special pitcher, and he has shown it time and time again this season.
Pitchers with his kind of talent are extremely hard to find in MLB.NEXT: MLB Insider Shows Unique View Of Edwin Diaz's Entrance