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Mets Fans Need To Take It Easy On Edwin Diaz

By now, Mets fans are well aware playing in New York is just different, and there are some players who struggle with the experience. There are countless examples, and it is really difficult to ascertain who will struggle, and who will succeed.

Bobby Bonilla was kid from the Bronx who grew up a Mets fan. When he hit free agency, he wanted to be a Met, and it proved to be the worst thing that ever happened to him.

While he did have good years, he wasn’t the player we expected. It led to booing and probably worse. Things were so bad he had to wear earplugs.

Jason Bay handled Boston extraordinarily well, but he couldn’t quite handle New York. However, to be fair, there would prove to be extenuating circumstances like the outfield walls and concussions.

What’s really interesting is even being a Yankee previously isn’t an indicator of immediate success. For example, Curtis Granderson needed an adjustment year before taking off in 2015.

That adjustment year is something we’ve seen on multiple occasions. The most classic example is Carlos Beltran who went from complete and utter bust to Hall of Famer.

What is interesting with respect to these and other players who have struggled with the environment is they are not always upfront about how difficult it is to play and adjust to playing in New York.

To an extent, that makes Edwin Diaz unique.

In an interview with Nathalie Alonso of MLB.com, Diaz admitted to his struggles, and he also spoke about how he hopes Beltran can help him adjust. Certainly, it would make a lot of sense considering they have had very similar experiences.

What really stands out is he’s admitted to needing help learning how to handle the city and the need to prepare himself mentally.

While Diaz did not address the booing, it certainly had to be a factor. It’s hard to believe it wasn’t.

Considering his performance and the fans frustrations, you can understand their booing. In fact, you could say it was merited. However, now, we know it was the worst possible thing fans could’ve done.

On Opening Day, the fans need to give Diaz a standing ovation. We need to show our support of him and ease some of his anxiety. When he struggles, the fans need to refrain from booing him. Rather, the fans need to understand him.

He’s admitted to a struggle. That doesn’t make him mentally weak. In fact, it makes him strong. Anyone who admits a struggle and admits for help is strong. That said, he does need help.

It’s incumbent on fans to help the extent they can. Don’t boo him. Support him. Give him peace of mind. This is what fans need to do to help Diaz perform to the best of his ability, which at the end of the day, is all the fans want.

A reinvigorated Diaz returning to his 2018 form is something this Mets team desperately needs to succeed. Let’s do all we can to make sure that happens.

6 thoughts on “Mets Fans Need To Take It Easy On Edwin Diaz”

  1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

    “Jason Bay handled Boston extraordinarily well, but he couldn’t quite handle New York. However, to be fair, there would prove to be extenuating circumstances like the outfield walls and concussions.”

    —-And being old. There’s a reason the Mets are among the very few teams to keep signing post-prime corner OFers with already subpar defense to 4 year deals, or why pretty much everyone reputed not to be able to handle NY is post-prime.

    The ‘can’t handle NY’ shibboleth is just that except for a very, very few players. These guys play in front of 30,000-50,000 fans screaming “boo!” a lot of nights as it is. They play in Philly and Boston and Chicago–and NYC is somehow unusually hostile? It just isn’t. Even Ed Whitson had a better season by FIP and innings his first year as a Yankee than he had in 3 of his previous 4 seasons, yet somehow NYC has this mysterious aura of being uniquely hostile.

    In the absence of compelling data, it just isn’t.

    As for Diaz, if the next Mets pitching coach can’t turn a guy capable of striking out 99 hitters in 56 innings into a useful reliever, it’s on the coach.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I agree the can’t handle New York is overplayed, but it does exist for some players. Diaz admitted he is one of them.

    2. Oldbackstop says:

      I suppose NY had a challenge compared to some small market midwest games team, but there is nowhere better to be a star, either.

      People ignore basic statistical scatter randomness, and the effects of aging. “Oh, some player’s performance dropped after joining the Mets!” Well, he probably aged from 30 to 34, or whatever, when the vast majority of plays decline. In addition, there is a simple random scatter….shut your eyes and pick 100 FAs, a certain percentage are going to improve and a certain percent are going to deteriorate, regardless of the market or age.

  2. Paul says:

    The reason why he struggled was because the ball had less drag therefore reducing the amount of movement in his pitches. Whether an adjustment can be made has yet to be seen…but if mlb switched the balls in the postseason, let’s hope they revert to regular balls in 2020.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I do think the ball had a massive effect on him as did Ramos behind the plate. Still, if he’s admitting New York was a factor, we cannot discount that

  3. Oldbackstop says:

    There seems to be a lot of chatter about trading him, I just saw the Dodgers for Kike and Stripling.. I think would be stupid without a very considerable return. We would be selling low on a guy who still had almost two Ks per IP. In a lousy 2019.

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