‘Warrior’ Edwin Diaz’s confidence keeps growing for Mets


CHICAGO — Another abnormality of this disrupted Mets season: Edwin Diaz had to wait almost two weeks to record his first save.

Diaz went 2-for-2 in that category during the three games in Colorado, striking out the side Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader before escaping a day later with help from catcher James McCann, who nailed Trevor Story attempting to steal second base for the final out in a one-run victory.

“My confidence has never wavered,” said Diaz, who rebounded last year after a disappointing first season with the Mets. “Whether it’s good or bad it has always been the same: I am always betting on myself.

“I consider myself a warrior, so when I go out there I try to do the best I can and now my confidence is even higher because I know I can command my pitches the way I want.”

Diaz has averaged 98 mph with his four-seam fastball velocity this season. He has thrown that pitch 68.8 percent of the time, according to Statcast, with his slider filling in the rest.

The Mets’ 2.26 ERA among starting pitchers ranked second in the major leagues entering Monday. In addition to Jacob deGrom and Marcus Stroman, both of whom have pitched better than expected to begin the season, Taijuan Walker has shined. The right-hander is scheduled to start Tuesday night against the Cubs — he will pitching on six days’ rest following last week’s postponements.

Walker has pitched to weak contact in his two starts this season. The Mets have won each of Walker’s starts in a walk-off. That included last Tuesday, when Jonathan Villar delivered the game-winning hit in extra innings against the Phillies.

Rain and snow showers are both in Tuesday’s local forecast, but there is expected clearing later in the day with temperatures in the 30s. The Mets had Friday’s game in Colorado postponed because of wintry conditions.

The Cubs ranked 28th in MLB with a 4.98 ERA as of Monday. That has been the biggest factor in the team’s 6-10 start. Only the Tigers and Cardinals had worse ERAs.

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