Shutout in back-to-back games and held to three hits over two games. An embarrassment? A disgrace?
That would be too kind.
With the Mets four games under .500 heading into Tuesday, there is a sense of anger and disappointment among a fan base thinking, “here we go again.”
The Mets poor play in Miami and for the better part of 2019 has put manager Mickey Callaway squarely under the gun, and rightfully so.
Has Mickey Callaway done a good job in his year-plus as Mets manager? Absolutely not.
Callaway has made mistakes on the job that at times have been inexcusable.
He’s struggled holding his players accountable, and that was on full display last weekend when it came to Robinson Cano’s lack of hustle.
Callaway is not and will likely never be a big-time, big-league manager.
That said, to look at the New York Mets in 2019 and say the reason for the subpar start to their season is their manager is simply an unfair narrative.
The roster construction and the offseason from first year general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has failed to deliver on the promise of “win now and win in the future.”
The Mets traded for Robinson Cano. Two months into the season, he has been a massive flop.
The Mets signed Wilson Ramos, a move that I thought was sound and rather practical. Ramos has given the Mets very little.
The Mets signed Jed Lowrie. He has yet to play a game this year.
It’s a team that does not have rotation depth. They have a mediocre bullpen.
The lineup has under achieved, despite the incredible contributions of Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil.
The Mets slow start in 2019 falls far more on first-year general manager than it does their embattled manager.
Many wondered how in the world Mickey Callaway could survive the weekend? It was a fair question after what we watched against Miami.
However, when you sit back and grasp the reality of the situation, you understand the Mets realize if they fire Mickey Callaway, there is one less punching bag for the fans and media.
The attention will move to where it should be.
Eventually those eyes will be focused on a front office that should be feeling like we all have felt after an ice cold day at craps table: sickening despair and bewilderment.
You can blame Mickey Callaway all you want, but the problems of the 2019 Mets go well beyond their overmatched manager.
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