Edwin Diaz had an uneven spring training debut, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out one and walking none in his only inning of work while also flashing a swing-and-miss slider and hitting 98 mph with his fastball.
"I felt good out there," Diaz said after the game through the Mets' translator. "A little bit anxious because it was the first time being out there in a real game and facing real batters. But other than that I felt really good."
After allowing a ground ball single and run-scoring double to Aledmys Diaz to start his outing, Diaz struck out Kyle Tucker swinging with a down-and-in slider before inducing a fly out to right field. Diaz then allowed a run-scoring double down the line before ending his outing by getting a soft ground ball back to the mound.
While featuring a slider that was between 89 and 92 mph, Diaz got a handful of swings and misses on the pitch -- which was routinely in the lower portion of the strike zone and below.
He was beaten on the fastball, but was not too concerned about the location.
"No, not really," Diaz said. "I think the only fastball that got squared up really well was the one that (Aledmys) Diaz hit. I think the other hit that I gave up, I think that he was able to get his hands out in front of it."
Diaz,is looking to bounce back this season after a 2019 that was derailed due in large part to a failure to locate his pitches -- especially the slider.
"Spring training is for working on things, but it's also the results," Diaz said, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. "I care about the results a lot, so I go out there and try to get the best results possible and I expect my results to be good this spring training."