Mets’ Edwin Diaz learning to navigate life of a closer: ‘Flush it right away’

Edwin Diaz wasn’t looking to gloat before the Mets’ game Saturday because he wasn’t about to pout during any of the previous three days.

By now, Diaz has figured out how to navigate the roller-coaster life of a major league closer.

Diaz looked dominant in striking out the side and throwing just one of 16 pitches for a ball in earning his 11th save in 14 opportunities Friday night as the Mets beat the Phillies. It was the best imaginable response to his blown save Tuesday against the Giants.

“I can have a bad game and flush it right away,” Diaz said before the series against the Phillies continued Saturday night. “Even if I pitch good, I put it away. When I come into the game, I’m not thinking about yesterday’s game. I’m thinking about what I can do in that moment in the ninth inning.”

Diaz already had a great season under his belt before he truly adopted a short memory. After he notched 57 saves for the 2018 Mariners, Diaz was named the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year and got a chance to chat with the Yankees legend.

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“I didn’t know that mentality at a young age,” Diaz said. “When I talked to Mariano, he told me, ‘Hey, if you pitch good or if you pitch bad, flush it. Every day is different, and you have to do…

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