PORT ST. LUCIE — Crisis of confidence was a big reason for closer Edwin Diaz’s problems last season, his first with the Mets.
New York proved to be a much different world than Seattle and it got to Diaz, but that issue is in the past, the hard-throwing right-hander vowed Wednesday.
“My head is good,’’ Diaz told The Post of the challenge of pitching in New York. “It’s going to be different this year. It’s going to be much better. I love New York. It’s the Big Apple and this year I am ready. I am so excited for the season.’’
To get ready, Diaz, who turns 26 next month, went back to the training routine he had in 2017 in Puerto Rico.
“I’m much stronger than I was last year,” he said. “I did a lot of work running on the beach. I have a great trainer and I’m in much better shape.’’
Diaz’s throwing partner on Tuesday was Jeurys Familia, who dropped 30 pounds. Both men looked much stronger than last spring training.
“I started throwing early again this year like I did in 2017,’’ Diaz said. “I went back to that formula. I feel 100 percent ready for the season.’’
There is another reason for Diaz’s new-found determination.