The veteran right-hander can throw some gas, but his entrance song has captured the hearts of baseball fans all across the world.
The song “Narco” by the musical group Blasterjaxx kicks in whenever he enters with an epic trumpet solo from New York’s own Timmy Trumpet.
But once he’s on the mound, he starts throwing heaters and blows hitters away.
Right now, his whiff rate sits at 48.2% percent.
The highest for a full season since 2000 belongs to Brad Lidge, who had a 48.1% whiff rate in 2004.
If Diaz can hold onto his current rate, he would break the record for highest whiff rate in a single season in that time.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) September 9, 2022
Can Diaz Hold On?
This would be quite something to see.
We all know at this point that Diaz can throw some gas.
He can strike hitters out like nobody’s business.
Beyond his entrance music, he has established himself as one of the game’s most dominant closers and has been fun to watch for Mets fans.
It’s been a wild ride for him so far this season.
The 28-year-old right-hander is 3-1 with a microscopic 1.52 ERA in 53 appearances this season.
He’s also saved 29 games.
His ability to blow hitters away with his fastball is one of the big reasons why the Mets are where they are right now.
But to set the record for whiff rate would be quite an impressive feat for Diaz.
He’s at the top right now, but as we know, that can fluctuate throughout the season.
We’ll see if he can hold onto the lead and ultimately break Lidge’s record.