Mets' Edwin Diaz's confidence high after impressive 2020: 'My mindset is to be the closer'

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Ryan Morik
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Edwin Diaz pitches vs Nationals
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The 2021 season will be Edwin Diaz's third as a New York Met, and he's not treating this offseason differently than any other.

After a miserable 2019, where he racked up a 5.59 ERA and allowed 15 home runs in 58 innings and blew seven saves, Diaz rebounding immensely. He had his best ERA (1.75) and K/9 ratio (17.5) of his career.

Diaz was the closer through the end of the 2020 season, which was not the case the year prior. He told reporters on Tuesday that his mindset hasn't changed.

"Every offseason, I prepare myself to be the closer of the team. I think last year was really important for me. I had a tremendous season last year. I'm not the one who makes the decisions, but I know my mindset and my preparation is to be the closer of this team," Diaz said.

Diaz was traded to the Mets along with Robinson Cano in exchange for Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, and more. His 2019 season certainly had fans questioning that move, with all eyes rightfully on Diaz in 2020.

But he massively succeeded, attributing his improvements to better location and command, and now, his confidence is up for this season.

"[Last year] was great for confidence," he said. "I was pitching in tough... high-leverage situations. That last month of the season, I felt like I pitched really well. It's not how you start, it's how you end, That's what I've always believed. I feel really good going forward on how I feel.”