Mets acting GM Zack Scott gives vote of confidence for Edwin Diaz

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Edwin Diaz and James McCann high five after victory in AZ
Edwin Diaz and James McCann high five after victory in AZ

Yes, Zack Scott still has "a lot of confidence in" his closer.

The Mets acting GM went on MLB Network's Jon Heyman's podcast Big Time Baseball to discuss the state of the team and how he's approaching the trade deadline this season.

Scott was asked about the possibility of upgrading the bullpen, as closer Edwin Diaz has recently blown three saves in a row.

"I think Edwin Diaz is a really good closer for us," Scott said. "I know he's struggled his last few outings, but I still believe in him. The stuff is still there.

"There's been some execution issues recently, but I still have a lot of confidence in him. And I think there's other guys there as well, Seth Lugo, [Jeurys] Familia, other guys, [Aaron] Loup, that have done a really good job of contributing. So I don't think it necessarily has to be a closer for us to add to our bullpen, I'm just looking for good quality arms that can help us in high leverage."

Scott has faith in Diaz despite his recent struggles on the mound. He's 19-for-23 this season on save opportunities over 37.2 IP in 38 appearances with a 4.30 ERA and 54 strikeouts.

Mets bench coach Dave Jauss is currently the acting manager with Luis Rojas suspended for two games, and spoke about his confidence in Diaz despite his blown save against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

"Diaz is a dominant closer, he is our closer," Jauss said. "His matchup against everybody is good, is solid, is one that we finish with."

Rojas spoke to reporters on Tuesday prior to the team's game against the Reds, and had a similar message.

“We believe he has elite stuff. He’s shown it. We know he’s going through a [bad] stretch, but he has the stuff," Rojas said.