Seven Braves Up and Six Braves Down, Courtesy of Edwin Diaz. Six of the world’s best players were closer one night when the Mets showed strength, poise and everything the team wanted to show at the start of a five-game streak with an unfair opponent.
Diaz grew to the terrifying force of nature, Mo Rivera who throws even more force. What are your odds of getting that in Vegas a few years ago?
So yes, Buck Showalter Went to kill summer against Atlanta on Thursday nightHe asks Diaz to do something that directors ask of shutdowns only in October. Showalter once threw Yankees player David Kohn 147 throws in a sudden-death playoff in Seattle. That was really pushing her.
This was also pushing her somewhat, in the 105th match of the year. But these were the brave ones, The Mets franchise and National League East franchise for a long time. Showalter felt the heartbeat of the match, and after Adam Ottavino barely escaped seventh, he realized he didn’t have another arm worthy of this moment.
The Mets manager made the right call. Diaz has not appeared since Friday, interrupting his five-day vacation only to throw 14 or 15 pitches on Tuesday. This game felt bigger than the calendar suggested, the Yankees had spent the night and the whole city was watching to see if the Mets could land in the first round with a haymaker against the defending world champion.
Diaz was expected to enter the third inning, or inning and thirds. With the Mets leading 6-4, he wasn’t expecting to go two full rounds in his first six to save his life.
No one expected that on this scorching night inside Citi Field. As he approached the Bulls’ Gate to begin the eighth gate, his trade trumpets were as silent as the church in the middle of the night.
“Maybe they were doing a promotion or something,” Diaz said with a laugh.
this is good; He heard the song in his head as he began to warm up, and tuned into that imagined rhythm, at least until the trumpets finally began to sound real. He got Dansby Swanson on the field before Matt Olson swayed and Austin Riley swung.
Fans stood and cheered for Diaz after he came out of the dugout with a glove in his right hand and headed to the pile to open the ninth—the same fans who rightly tried to boo him out of town in those dark hours of the Mets. Career path career path.
“A lot of people don’t recover from that here, or anywhere else,” Showalter said. “Keep in mind that it wasn’t always aesthetically pleasing to him here. That’s what I’ve learned. He took that, drew from it, and actually used it as a starting point.”
Showalter appreciated the fact that Diaz admitted that nearly all of his problems in New York were of his own making. The director spoke about the courage and resilience of the lockdown. That’s why he didn’t hesitate to ask him for six rounds on August 4, with four games left in the series and an entire season left to play.
Diaz succumbed to Eddie Rosario’s one song to start the ninth, but that was it. In a two-way showdown, 3-0 against Orlando Archia, Diaz earned a modest hitter at the first base side of a defensive swing. He picked up the remainder of his 28th and final court with his bare hand and ran first to score the final himself.
It was a fitting end to a tense battle that gave the Mets a 4 game lead in the division. After it was over, Showalter tried to downplay it all. He said that five consecutive days of leave for the closest is almost unheard of. He said if Diaz had suffered some in eighth, he might have replaced him in ninth.
On the other hand, Showalter acknowledged, “I think it’s this time of year where we kind of go into a different mode of operation sometimes.”
Especially when the brave ones are in town.
“It’s not easy to put those ghosts to rest,” former Mets manager Bobby Valentine said on Thursday afternoon. should know.
The fifth Bobby got a Mets job in late 1996, making two trips to the National League Championship series and one to the World Championships before losing that job after 2002. Atlanta finished ahead of his team, in first place, each year, winning a team in the sensational 1999 NLCS .
Although Queens historians know that the Braves have won 16 titles in the Mets since Atlanta joined the NL East, Valentine suggested that not many current Mets “have wounds that the Braves are trying to heal.” He was then reminded that the 2021 Mets led the NL East for nearly three months before Atlanta seized him on their way to the world title.
Back to ghosts was.
Valentine said: “The Mets have got something, and he should be fired.
“I look at the table and see how many games are left with the Braves, and I say I wish there weren’t too many games left with the Braves. I never felt like they had won a game. I felt like winning a game and a half.”
It really felt like the Mets won two games Thursday night. One against Atlanta, and one against the idea that Edwin Diaz can’t do what he just did.