These days, the Edwin Diaz expertise is a spectacle — even Buck Showalter delayed a journey to the restroom so he might watch Diaz make his fabled trot to the mound throughout Sunday’s recreation.
But the trail to the trumpets is commonly flimsy. Beyond Adam Ottavino, who has solidified the eighth inning, the bridge from beginning pitcher to Diaz lacks dependable choices. Take two examples from this weekend: On Thursday, Showalter pushed Diaz for his first six-out save and, two days later, Diaz notched two essential outs after a six-run ninth-inning lead turned a save state of affairs.
Internal confidence, although, stays sturdy.
“We have the best closer in the game and I think we probably have a top-five bullpen in every category,” Ottavino informed The Post earlier than the Mets’ 5-1 win over the Reds. “Every single team’s fans are going to complain about their bullpen. So we’ll see how it plays out.”
Entering Monday’s collection opener towards the Reds, the Mets bullpen touted a 3.63 ERA — the Eleventh-best mark in the majors.
“You can never have enough good pitching, people that know how to do their jobs,” Ottavino mentioned. “We don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s still so much baseball left to play.”
Last week, the Mets drew criticism for buying only one reliever — Mychal Givens — after basic supervisor Billy Eppler beforehand cited a “robust” aid market. Reinforcements, although, might come from inside.
Perhaps that’s Tylor Megill, whose eventual return from the IL will likely be as a reliever, not a starter. Maybe the void of a left-handed reliever may be crammed by David Peterson, who spun 5 ¹/₃ shutout innings Saturday, or Joely Rodriguez, who sparkled with 2 ¹/₃ scoreless frames Sunday.
“I’m glad we were able to add and hopefully we have more guys coming back,” Ottavino mentioned. “All that stuff is good because the future is still a mystery. As great as everything feels right now, we can’t tell the future.”
That faculty of thought is apt. There is loads of time, say, for Givens to carry out just like the pitcher who boasted a 2.66 ERA with the Cubs, not the model who has allowed six runs throughout three outings with the Mets.
Ottavino believes in the present bullpen — whether or not that be Givens, or Rodriguez, and even himself. And he is aware of, too, that they need to pitch properly in order to sound the trumpets.
“I think [the front office] did a good job of getting us as many options as possible,” Ottavino mentioned, “because we’re going to need every one.”