Tiki & Tierney: Is Edwin Diaz currently the best pitcher in New York right now?


Edwin Diaz is suddenly garnering CY Young and even MVP conversations as he continues to turn in one of the best seasons a Mets reliever has ever had.

That led to Tiki and Tierney discussing another topic to highlight Diaz’s success this season: is the Mets closer currently the best pitcher in New York?

“When you look at value…you’re gonna have to get obvious separation between starting pitching,” BT started. “The answer might be yes.”

Diaz currently boasts an excellent 1.44 ERA with a ridiculous 17.9 K/9, the latter mark right on line with setting the league record in that category. Diaz has an unreal FIP of 0.92, an ERA+ of 278, as Tiki noted, and 2.3 WAR on the season. That’s less than Max Scherzer and Taijuan Walker, but when he’s on the mound, nobody has looked as dominant as Diaz, who now showed he can go out and get a six-out save when need be.

“I would say my first answer is ‘yes,’” BT said. “[Gerrit] Cole, forget about him. [Clay] Holmes is falling apart. Maybe he’ll regenerate. [Nestor] Cortes has been great…[Max] Scherzer missed a lot of time. No doubt, he’s fantastic. But he’s missed a lot of time, Diaz has not. Obviously [Jacob] deGrom just came back. [Chris] Bassitt has been very good and a really stabile arm in the middle of the rotation, but he had that run for a few weeks when he was not good. I gotta tell you, my answer is yes.”

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