In a 2-2 tie game in the ninth inning against the Phillies, Mickey Callaway turned the ball over to Edwin Diaz, looking to keep the game where it was and give the Mets a chance to win in the bottom half.
Things did not go to plan.
Diaz had one of his worst outings of the season, allowing four earned runs on three hits while recording just one out. After Diaz left the game, Jeurys Familia gave up another run of his own, and just like that, the Mets were down 7-2.
The Phillies would hold on to win by that score, leaving Diaz and Callaway looking for answers after the game.
"To be honest, I don't really have an answer right now, because when I go out there and pitch, I try to do my job every day," Diaz said. "I think lately in this last stretch, I haven't been able to find those three, four, five games in a row where I can put up zeroes. In the beginning of the season I could, but lately I just haven't been getting it done."
"It's hard to identify," Callaway said of Diaz's struggles. "We've been working with the mechanics part of it. Tonight, just a good slider pulled down the third-base line just over the bag, then a base hit up the middle on the ground, then things blow up from there. You've just got to keep working. It's hard to tell what happens with guys from year to year."
Diaz, a star closer last season for Seattle, has struggled mightily in his first season as a Met, with an ERA now at 5.67 and a 1-6 record.
When asked about possibly moving Diaz to lower-leverage situations moving forward, Callaway left his answer open-ended.
"I think the one thing we will always try to do is use our personnel the best we can," said Callaway. "If somebody steps up and is getting the job done better in that role, then we would consider it probably."