New York Mets’ closer Edwin Díaz only closed six games in 2020, but his three blown saves are damn near the only blemish on his stat sheet from the entire season. He posted a sparkling 1.75 ERA (2.18 FIP), 1.25 WHIP and an insane 45.5 percent strikeout rate. That was the highest of his career, and marks the fourth time in five years that he’s posted a mark of at least 39 percent. The bugaboo for Diaz has been that the walks can get him into trouble, and the fact that he can be burned by the long balls in bunches. While he actually got worse in terms of his walk rate, he did improve on the latter.

 

Despite posting a career worst walk rate at 12.7 percent, he didn’t get burned by the long ball. In 2020, he posted the second-best...