With the Marlins up 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning, relief pitcher Edwin Diaz entered the game for the Mets, hoping to hold the Marlins lead to just one run.
Instead, Diaz gave up his 15th ninth inning home run of the season. It's the most home runs allowed by a Mets pitcher in the ninth inning in a single season, and matches the total number of home runs that Diaz has allowed in the previous two seasons combined.
After the game, manager Mickey Callaway spoke on the former All-Star closer's struggles this season.
"Just a hanging slider... and they make him pay," Callaway said. "Phil and I are talking on the bench, like 'this is incredible'. It's one bad pitch and they make him pay, not with a base hit but a homer. It's crazy, I've never seen anything like it."
Diaz has a 7.40 ERA in the ninth inning this season, as he hasn't allowed a home run in any inning but the ninth.
"The good thing is, when things like that happen this often, they tend to right themselves and normalize," Callaway said. "I don't think that this is gonna continue to happen into next year. We have to work hard this winter to make sure we get him in line and get his pitches where he wants to. I think he'll be fine."
Diaz, along with Robinson Cano, was acquired by the Mets from the Seattle Mariners on Dec. 3, 2018. He was an All-Star in 2018 and won the 2018 AL Reliever Award after having 57 saves on the season.
He is signed through the 2019 season and is eligible for arbitration next season, he isn't expected to be a free agent until 2023.
"It's one bad pitch and they make him pay, not with a base hit but a homer" - Mickey Callaway is baffled by Edwin Diaz's season and thinks he'll bounce back pic.twitter.com/5QOTVrTxko- SNY (@SNYtv) September 27, 2019