PHILADELPHIA — Edwin Diaz’s return from the paternity listing ought to have been an “Oh, child!” second for the Mets on Friday, however as an alternative became a messy diaper.
The Mets nearer entered to a one-run deficit within the eighth inning, however earlier than it was completed, that gap grew to become deeper. Bryce Harper launched a two-run homer off Diaz that buried the Mets of their 4-2 loss to the Phillies at Residents Financial institution Park.
Diaz was summoned for the eighth, in accordance with supervisor Luis Rojas, as a result of he hadn’t pitched since final Saturday. The best-hander departed the crew earlier than Wednesday’s sport for the beginning of his second son, Sebastian.
“The 5 days with out pitching, we needed to get him in there,” Rojas stated. “We will’t let him go greater than that, he can lose his command. He didn’t have that command.”
Jean Segura hit a grounder off Jonathan Villar’s glove at third base to start out the inning (it was dominated a single) earlier than Harper smashed a no-doubter over the center-field fence.
“Harper takes a 99 [mph fastball] to the deepest a part of the ballpark,” Rojas stated. “However I assumed [Diaz] was throwing strikes and that’s the reason we needed him to return in for that state of affairs and ensure he will get in there and it wasn’t greater than 5 days with out pitching. He normally will get actually unhealthy command sensible when he sits over 5 days, so we had been seeking to get him in there.”
Tomas Nido’s enjoying time behind the plate has steadily elevated to the purpose the Mets as soon as once more have a job share.
On Friday, Nido began at catcher for the third time in lower than per week, and Rojas stated he plans to proceed that strategy. With James McCann slumping in mid-Could, the Mets utilized Nido, who went 0-for-2 with a stroll earlier than he was pinch-hit for within the ninth, extra usually for a number of weeks earlier than reverting to a extra conventional setup.
“I didn’t inform [McCann] go work additional, which is what the message was again in Could once we had been [at] Tampa [Bay],” Rojas stated earlier than the Mets confronted the Phillies. “I simply informed him Nido can be catching slightly extra, not essentially greater than him, I didn’t say that or one and one, however we’ll talk the following day.”
Neither catcher has excelled offensively, however Nido’s pitch framing has been superior to McCann’s this season, in accordance with Statcast. For Friday’s sport with Marcus Stroman on the mound, Rojas famous Nido’s capacity to dig sinkers out of the filth.
Jordan Yamamoto, who has been sidelined since Could after sustaining a shoulder damage, has been throwing bullpen periods and may very well be in place to start out going through hitters within the subsequent week or two. The best-hander Yamamoto might present the Mets with rotation depth for the season’s closing month. Because it stands the Mets have Trevor Williams (who was acquired on July 30, with Javier Baez, from the Cubs) as their main rotation depth at Syracuse.
The Phillies are celebrating their Wall of Fame weekend, which can culminate Sunday, when the crew will retire No. 34 in honor of the late Roy Halladay, who pitched for them from 2010-2013 and can unveil a statue in his honor. The Phillies additionally will honor late crew president David Montgomery and former second baseman Manny Trillo this weekend.