NEW YORK — Edwin Díaz was last in line, pumping his fists in celebration as he let out a celebratory yell, but he was hardly the only part of the pitching parade. Before Díaz’s final high-octane slider ended the Mets’ 1-0 win over the Braves in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Monday, five other Mets relievers had made their appearances.
It’s a group that still ranks in the top half of the Majors in ERA despite heavy usage throughout the first four months of this season. And it’s a group that the Mets will continue to rely on extensively as they roll out their unheralded ace, “TBA,” to start games multiple times per week.
“We got huge outs in big situations,” said Anthony Banda, who performed the heaviest Game 2 lifting with a pair of shutout innings. “It’s a huge round of applause for everybody.”
Because the bullpen kept on putting up zeros at Citi Field, the Mets were able to make Jeff McNeil’s RBI double in the fifth inning stand tall as the game-winning run. That allowed the Mets to salvage a doubleheader split after dropping the first game, 2-0.
“They did an amazing job,” manager Luis Rojas said. “This is what you need at this time of the season, right? Guys, they’re going to throw back-to-back days, three days in a row, things like that. Sometimes, that can expose you.”
For the Mets, however, increased bullpen reliance…