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Edwin Diaz gets weakest vote of confidence from Mets manager

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Aug 25, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after recording a strike out to during the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Will Edwin Diaz take back the closer role for the New York Mets anytime soon? It does not necessarily sound likely based on the lukewarm vote of confidence he got from manager Carlos Mendoza.

Mendoza was asked if there was a chance the struggling Diaz could get a save opportunity on Saturday if one arises. The manager gave a standard “he’s our closer” response about Diaz, but went on to dismiss Diaz as simply “one of our options.”

The Mets are a mess at the back of the bullpen right now. Diaz was effectively removed from the closer role after three straight disastrous outings, but pitched a scoreless seventh inning Friday against the San Francisco Giants. The Mets went on to allow five runs in the eighth to lose Friday’s game anyway, and Mendoza is struggling to find a reliable late-game relief option at the moment.

It has been a messy season for the Mets in many ways, with Friday’s loss dropping them to 21-29 on the season. The Diaz mess is only going to exacerbate the problems, though perhaps he is starting to get back on track.

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