PORT ST. LUCIE — Edwin Diaz appeared stuck in 2019 as his first appearance of the new Grapefruit League season progressed Wednesday.
The electric stuff was there, but the results weren’t for the Mets reliever. Diaz, peaking at 98 mph, missed with his fastball location and withstood a fourth inning in which the Astros scored two runs on three hits against him, in the Mets’ 4-2 loss at Clover Park.
“I felt good out there,” Diaz said through an interpreter. “A little bit anxious because it was the first time being out there in a real game and facing real batters, but other than that I felt really good.”
Any anxiety wasn’t evident to manager Luis Rojas.
“When he came to the dugout, nothing, he was calm and under control,” Rojas said. “He was excited how the ball felt out of his hand, he was just missing spots and that was the only thing he was talking about that he will want to work on, probably do better in this outing. But he’s happy with how the stuff was and so are we. It looked really good.”
Aledmys Diaz drove a shot over Dominic Smith’s head in left field for an RBI double in the inning after Michael Brantley singled. Dustin Garneau smashed…