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Mariners Turn To Committee At Closer

October 19 2017, 11:47 | Van Peters

Mariners Turn To Committee At Closer

Kyle Seager has a warm hug for Nelson Cruz following the slugger’s solo home run in the first inning against Oakland on Tuesday night

Diaz hadn't previously struggled in quite this way, but he has allowed four home runs in just 15 1/3 innings, blowing two saves in the process.

"When you start going to (relievers) as early as I'm gone to them, it starts catching up with you, and I wanna be conscious of that", Servais said.

But without a set closer for the time being, Servais said he has much more than usual to consider about his relief pitchers. "We're kind of at the point now, let's just try to cut it off and get him back close to 100 percent when he comes back and go from there". "But right now, it's probably not going to be the ninth inning".

"We do want to a situation for Eddie to get out there to work on a few things", Servais said, "and get him back in the right spot". That was enough for Scott Servais to demote him.

"We're gonna put him in some low-leverage situations and take the pressure off because we know when the game speeds up what happens". He retired the first batter he faced on a pop-out, but then walked four straight batters before being lifted for Zych, who closed out a 6-5 win.

The problem, Servais said, is that Diaz, a 23-year-old right-hander, "doesn't know where to go" when, uh, "the BS hits the fan".

Stottlemyre began working on Diaz's mechanics prior to Seattle's Tuesday night game against Oakland.

"(I'm) kind of taking him through some basic stuff - and trying to keep it simple without confusing him - that he can grab onto and take into a game if he gets sideways again". The problem that emerged in Monday's outing was Diaz getting too fast in his delivery, his arm falling behind and being unable to make the correction while trying to finish off a game.

The closing duties will now fall to a handful of pitchers with not any one specifically tasked to fill the role.

Diaz, 23, went 0-4 with 18 saves and a 2.79 ERA last season, recording 88 strikeouts in just 51 2/3 innings. "Everything will be fine after that".

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