Relief Pitcher: Edwin Diaz
Team – New York Mets
Diaz’ performance with the Mariners last year was historic, where he notched 57 saves and added 124 strikeouts, the most of any closer. This helped him win the AL Reliever of the Year at just 23-years-old.
His 1.96 ERA is also second among closers, and that is thanks to his insane consistency on the mound, which helped the Mariners to a winning record last season. His 124 strikeouts were even more than some starters.
He also only had four blown saves, which ranks among the lowest for relief pitchers. Finally, his 3.2 WAR is second best for relievers, finishing off his decorated stat line.
If Diaz is a one hit wonder or if he continues to pitch well is anyone’s guess. For now, you can expect him to be the best reliever in MLB The Show 19.
Blake Treinin – This is a man who easily could’ve taken the crown away from Diaz but just falls short. The WAR leader among relievers, the veteran Treinin had a jaw-dropping 0.79 ERA to go along with 100 strikeouts. The only thing that prevented Treinin from being king of the bullpen is how far behind Diaz he was in strikeouts and saves. The A’s will have a bullpen monster in MLB The Show 19.
Josh Hader – The multi-purpose reliever put together a season that included 143 strikeouts and a 6-1 record to boot. He also racked up 12 saves which are impressive since he played different roles in the bullpen last season, similarly to how Andrew Miller has been utilized throughout his career. With these numbers, Hader would win the NL Reliever of the Year.