Roughly five weeks after Mets manager Mickey Callaway suggested the team would wait until the playoffs to use Edwin Diaz for more than three outs, the Edwin Diaz rules are no longer in effect.
As part of that adjustment, Diaz -- with Callaway saying they're now treating these games like the "playoffs" -- will be available for more than three outs.
That's a big change from what Callaway said on April 16, shortly before GM Brodie Van Wagenen sang a similar tune regarding Diaz.
"It's just something we don't feel like we need to do at this point," Callaway said back then. "When we get to the playoffs, he'll be available for more than three outs."
That line of thinking changed on Wednesday.
"We've talked about this in the last couple of weeks. We have to put our best players out there," Callaway said. "Some guys are performing better than others, so you might see a little bit of a change in how we use guys. Another thing we talked about is -- and we're doing this earlier than we would like -- but you might see (Edwin) Diaz for four outs."
Callaway explained the change by noting that the Mets can't "hold off" at this point.
"We've gotta win some games, approach this like it's the playoffs because we feel like we need to," he said. "You might see Diaz for four outs moving forward, for the unforeseeable future."
Diaz will usually be limited to four outs, Callaway said, but there isn't a "hard cap" on that.
"If we're a tie ballgame and he goes out there and pitches the ninth and throws 10 pitches, we might send him out for a second inning," Callaway said. "Getting an out in the eighth, maybe two sometimes, is gonna be helpful. And then getting the three in the ninth. There's not a cap on it, but usually it's getting four (outs)."
Welcome to the playoffs.