ATLANTA — As Mets supervisor Mickey Callaway makes an attempt to determine roles for his relievers, this a lot appears clear: Edwin Diaz will solely pitch when there’s a cushion or the workforce is shedding.
With Seth Lugo elevated to pitch within the Mets’ highest-leverage conditions (together with closing), Callaway was requested Tuesday about the potential of utilizing the struggling Diaz in a setup position.
“If issues had been going a bit bit completely different for [Diaz] it will make extra sense,” Callaway mentioned earlier than the Mets misplaced 5-Three to the Braves at SunTrust Park. “However proper now I feel you will see him towards the again and we’ll go from there.”
Diaz is 1-6 with a 5.60 ERA for the season. Since April 29 he has pitched to a 7.08 ERA.
“In a high-leverage state of affairs, the best way issues are going for him it’s onerous to place him in in that spot,” Callaway mentioned.
Following Monday’s break day, the Mets had Lugo accessible from the bullpen to shut, with Justin Wilson as the first setup possibility however didn’t use Lugo, Wilson or Diaz.
Jacob deGrom took the blame for Pete Alonso’s error Sunday that gave the Nationals three runs within the first inning of the sport they gained 7-4. Alonso fielded a grounder and threw to deGrom protecting first base, however the ball hit deGrom’s glove and rolled into foul territory, because the bases cleared. DeGrom hesitated as he approached the bag, however he mentioned that wasn’t an element.
“I’ve watched that a couple of occasions as a result of it bothered me and I ought to have caught that,” mentioned deGrom, who was unavailable to talk with the media after Sunday’s sport as a result of he needed to catch a flight residence. “I don’t assume that hesitation prevented me from catching it as a result of if you happen to don’t decelerate, what are you going to do run previous the bag? It’s a must to decelerate in some unspecified time in the future. Simply the best way I cowl first, that’s how I do it and I really feel that helps you get a throw that may very well be a bit off and now you slowed down.”
The Mets recalled Drew Gagnon, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning Tuesday, from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned Chris Mazza. In keeping with Callaway, the transfer was made due to concern Mazza, who final pitched July 18, had turn into rusty.
Jeff McNeil had successful subtracted from his season whole, as MLB dominated an at-bat on which he was credited with a single Aug. Three in Pittsburgh was truly an error by Pirates first baseman Josh Bell. With the scoring change, all three runs within the inning had been unearned.