New York Mets: Mickey Callaway Is Not the Problem
The New York Mets continue to invent new ways to lose. New York (34-37) is 7.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves for first place in the NL East. The Mets are also five games back of the Philadelphia Phillies for the second wild-card spot in the Nationals League.
Before the season began, General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen made a statement that they were ready to contend. He also told teams to come and get them. Now, it is almost a panic team in the Big Apple. New York has an 11-game road trip coming up against the Atlanta Braves, the Chicago Cubs, and the Philadelphia Phillies.
If the season were to end today, all three of those teams would be in the playoffs. The New York Mets would not. New York could either win 10-out-of-11 on this trip and get back into the race or they could just fold. If that happens it will be a long summer ahead for this franchise.
The Mets just lost three-out-of-four games at home against the St. Louis Cardinals and they could have very well swept them. New York has lost a lot of games this season that they could have won.
If they were to go on a massive losing streak, is it possible that the general manager would pull the plug on Manager, Mickey Callaway? Well, even though Mickey Callaway has made several boneheaded decisions so far in the 2019 season, it is all not his fault.
The biggest issue with this team is ownership by the Wilpon’s and Brodie Van Wagenen. Van Wagenen made horrendous moves this offseason. He thought it would put them in immediate contention and the moves he made didn’t fool people.
Jed Lowrie was signed to a 2-year deal and he hasn’t played in a single game this season because of injury. Lowrie is 34 years old and his batting average last season with the Oakland Athletics was .267 with 23 home runs and 99 RBI’s. Jed Lowrie’s on-base percentage was .353.
Van Wagenen liked the fact he was very flexible, but Oakland must have known he was hurt beforehand and that is probably why Lowrie was not brought back.
The second mistake Brodie Van Wagenen has made was bringing back Jeurys Familia and not bringing in other middle relief help. Familia has been awful in an eighth-inning role this season. Thus is frustrates fane as to why the Mets still even employ him. Jeurys Familia is bound to give up hits and run in any pitching appearance and so is Robert Gsellman.
The truth of the matter is he is acting like a yes man to the Wilpon’s.
The third mistake he has made is trading for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano for one of their top prospects in outfielder Jared Kelenic. Kelenic is already in High-A in the Seattle Mariners farm system. Cano is injury prone and he has been a problem in the clubhouse. He also has four more years remaining on his contract and Robinson Cano is 36 years old.
Diaz is a very good closer. Although he has been horrendous as of late. It looks like the Mets are already overusing Edwin Diaz this season and it isn’t even July yet.
Also, the New York Mets don’t have a very good farm system. If they are out of contention by July, will they make some more trades to help other teams out? Starting pitchers Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, and Jason Vargas could all be trade bait.
Third baseman Todd Frazier could also be used as trade bait because he has an expiring contract.
I could almost see New York trading catcher Wilson Ramos at the trade deadline, but it has its pros and cons. Its pros are that they would probably get the most for him in a trade and he only has one more year left on his contract. The cons are that they would be trading away Van Wagenen’s best offseason move this past offseason.
A lot of fans are saying that the Mets should have hired Chaim Bloom as the general manager this past offseason. The good news is that he is still with the Tampa Bay Rays organization. No other team has hired him as a general manager yet.
The time will come for him and he is one of the reasons why Tampa Bay is in possible contention for the postseason this year. Bloom is a guy that is very analytical and he is also very good at drafting players. I also think that Chaim Bloom would not have signed Jed Lowrie to a 2-year deal. He also would not have made that Robinson Cano trade.
I think Bloom would have signed Craig Kimbrel instead to be the closer.
We have to see what Brodie Van Wagenen’s 2019 MLB Draft class brings in the near future. However, a major concern is what happens if this Mets team loses over 90 games. Will ownership decided to pull the plug on him as general manager after just one season? They would also get rid of manager Mickey Callaway and it is quite possible they would maybe start over.
Maybe it would be finally time for the Wilpon’s to sell the Mets. A lot of people would have liked to see now Baltimore Orioles General Manager Mike Elias, to have been the new New York general manager this past offseason because of his success in the front office with the Houston Astros.
The New York Mets are in danger of missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season after making it to the playoffs in 2015 and 2016. New York could have won the World Series in 2015 against the Kansas City Royals. Nevertheless, they shot themselves in the foot.
This franchise continues to shoot themselves in the foot with various errors. This is one of the reasons why inconsistency and mediocrity still looms around for the New York Mets.
Manager Mickey Callaway is not the problem with this team. Ownership and management haven’t given him the roster necessary to compete for a potential playoff spot. At the end of the day, however, he will most likely be the fall guy for another failure of a season. When, in fact, management and the general manager should get the bulk of the blame.
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