Edwin Diaz has passed NY pressure test and sky’s the limit

Edwin Diaz just earned his 200th save at age 28. The GOAT, Mariano Rivera, earned his 200th at age 31.

“Wow, I didn’t know that,” Diaz said Saturday night when informed by The Post.

“I’ve just got to keep staying healthy and see how many saves I can get in my career.”

Who knows where Diaz’s career is heading? He could remain dominant for many seasons to come, or he could flash for a couple of years and then come crashing back to earth.

Sport is so unpredictable, and baseball is so humbling. In fact, Diaz didn’t look at all superhuman for the Mets on Saturday night. He walked two Phillies and allowed the potential tying and go-ahead runs to advance into scoring position.

On cue, the standing, chanting sellout crowd at Citi Field had gone nuts when the trumpet-blaring song “Narco” — the city’s summer anthem — ushered the closer from the bullpen to the mound. The fans were expecting three straight strikeouts, and instead got a dose of the old Diaz.

The much more human Diaz.

Though he suffered a temporary mechanical breakdown by rushing things, Diaz gathered himself and preserved the Mets’ 1-0 victory by striking out Nick Castellanos with a slider. Diaz did honor the brilliant work of Jacob deGrom, who struck out 10 and allowed only two hits across six scoreless innings in his third start.

Edwin Diaz celebrates after picking up his 200th save in the Mets' 1-0 win over the Phillies.
Edwin Diaz celebrates after picking up his 200th save in the Mets’ 1-0 win over the Phillies.
Robert Sabo

A younger Diaz would have likely unraveled under that duress. Now?

“I can handle it,” he said. “They’ve got to pass third base to score any runs. … Now I know I can get men on third base, and they’ve got to get a base hit to score. I was nice and relaxed and tried to make my pitches, and I did it.”

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