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Mariners closer Edwin Diaz named AL Reliever of the Month of June



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For the second time this season, Seattle Mariners closer Edwin Díaz has been voted June’s American League Reliever of the Month Presented by The Hartford.

Díaz appeared in 14 games for the Mariners, converting 12-of-13 save opportunities with a 1.88 ERA en route to earning his third career AL Reliever of the Month Award (also: July 2017 and April 2018). Across 14.1 innings pitched, the hard-throwing right-hander tallied 20 strikeouts and did not surrender a home run, while limiting the opposition to just two walks and 12 hits. On Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles, the Puerto Rico native notched his 30th save in Seattle’s 81st contest of the season. Díaz, who converted from a starting pitcher to a reliever during the 2015 season, became the third player since saves became an official statistic in 1969 to reach the 30-save mark across his Club’s first 81 games of a season, trailing only Francisco Rodríguez (31 in his record 2008 season) and Danny Graves (31, 2004). In addition, the 24-year-old became the first pitcher in MLB history to log at least 30 saves and tally at least 50 punchouts in those appearances. Overall, Seattle’s third round selection in the 2012 MLB Draft paces the Majors in saves (31) and is the 13th hurler in Major League history to collect at least 30 saves prior to the All-Star Game. The Mariners (54-31) enter play today with a perfect 40-0 mark when Edwin enters the game with a lead, including a 22-0 record when he pitchers with just a one-run lead.

All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman (1-0, 0.77 ERA, 11.2 IP, 19 SO) of the New York Yankees also posted a dominant month. Following his 20th save of the season on June 16th against the Tampa Bay Rays, the hard-throwing left-hander is joined by All-Stars Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen as the only pitchers in the Majors to record at least 20 saves in each of the last seven seasons (2012-18). His 11 saves this past month matched Rafael Soriano (June 2012) for the third-most in a single calendar month in Club history, trailing only John Wetteland (15, June 1996) and Sparky Lyle (12, June 1973). Others receiving votes for AL Reliever of the Month included Chapman’s teammate Dellin Betances (12 G, 0.00 ERA, 22 SO, 1 H); May’s AL Reliever of the Month Blake Treinen (2-0, 0.68 ERA, 8 SV, 16 SO) and Lou Trivino (4-1, 2.45 ERA, 14.2 IP, 28 SO) of the Oakland Athletics; Chris Devenski (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 12.0 IP, 12 SO) and Brad Peacock (12 G, 0.68 ERA, 13.1 IP, 22 SO) of the Houston Astros; Joakim Soria (12 G, 0.00 ERA, 7 SV, 13 SO) of the Chicago White Sox; and Neil Ramírez (13 G, 0.00 ERA, 12 SO, 4 H) of the Cleveland Indians.

The American League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford, Edwin Díaz, will receive a specially designed plaque, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment. The Hartford, the Official Business Insurance & Employee Benefits Sponsor of MLB, has presented baseball’s annual Relievers of the Year Awards since 2015. The Hartford Presents the 2018 Relievers of the Year, named in honor of Mariano Rivera (American League) and Trevor Hoffman (National League), will again be presented during the World Series.

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