Well, if you thought that the Mariners weren’t going to make a move on August 1st, boy do you look like you just fell off the turnip truck.
Not a surprise, Servais says postgame that Cishek will get a break from closing. Diaz will take over.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) August 2, 2016
This is the surprise to nobody that Steve Cishek is having a hard time being a Major League Baseball closer and he is going to have to take a time out, stare at a wall, and think about what he has done to all of us.
With Cishek done making us seasick (for the time being) our new late inning savior is Edwin Diaz. Diaz, you might remember being the man that we’ve all been extremely impressed with since his call up from Double-A Jackson, will be taking on this role fairly early in his MLB career after being converted from a starter.
Diaz’s devastating fastball/slider combined with a 17..64 K/9 has already made him worth almost 1 fWAR and proves that he might already be prepared for the promotion.
The other side of the coin is Cishek. Dr. Danger Club has gotten knocked around quite a bit since the beginning of July with a FIP of 5.04. It’s possible that he can straighten things out in a less high leverage role.
What’s the worst that can happen? Let’s not think about that. We now have a new closer and we should be happy as the Diaz long.