I'm glad that someone else started a thread about Díaz.
Yes, he's been ugly, noy only yesterday, but he served a hanging slider to Pillar on Sunday to lose it as well.
If you look at his game logs, these are his WPA:
I count as many as 5 games in which he has won the anti-swelmet for us, by practically losing the game himself. So that's 31% of his outings in which his contribution was very negative, that's too much. That's the Angels 9th inning fiasco early in the season (sunday), the following Sunday agasint the Rangers, in which thankfully Cruz bailed him out. Then on May 2, he blew the save against the Angels again (Calhoun hit a HR off him). Then last sunday against the Blue Jays serving the HR to Pillar and finally yesterday in which he couldn't find the strikezone.
I think that his problem is mental. He's just a kid, and even though he seems to handle himself very well, he still is very young and he was given the keys of the Ferrari at a very young age.
As a matter of fact, this drives me to thinking again that the Save stat is something that hasn't helped managers. Because they manage to produce "Saves" instead of producing "Wins". They declare a closer, so the closer "always" pitches the 9th, no matter what. That's a silly idea. Smart managing is bringing your best pitcher when the Leverage Index is highest, i.e. when it matters the most. Thankfully Servais didn't bring Díaz yesterday when it mattered the most (which was the 7th inning after Seager couldn't grab that grounder that could had ended the inning with a DP.)
Edited by Pirata Morado, 16 May 2017 - 08:46 AM.