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Mets Blogger Roundtable: Level Of Confidence In Mickey Callaway

Over the past week, the Mets have had a number of bullpen meltdowns, and it just seems like no matter what Mickey Callaway does he is making the wrong decision.  After the 12-2 start, the Mets have dipped down a few times to .500, but they have not fallen below that .500 mark quite yet.  Criticism is starting to come from all directions including from Mike Francesca, who from his shiny new Twitter account, jabbed, “Imagine the problems the Mets would be having if the team wasn’t in the hands of a pitching guru?”

Considering it’s after Memorial Day, which has long been an unofficial litmus test for teams, now is as good a time as any for the Mets Bloggers to proffer what their level of confidence is in Callaway:

Michael Baron (MLB)

It’s hard to conclude anything – positively or negatively – in 2 months. It’s just not fair. We can definitely argue he has made mistakes, hope he has learned lessons, and dealing with the balance between stats, plans and gut feelings. But it’s 50 games – I’m hoping the next 50 games show growth in these areas. But it would help if his players could execute and he had more tools in his bag.

Roger Cormier (Good Fundies)

He’s still in my circle of trust. I don’t understand why he told every reliever to suddenly perform as awfully as possible, but maybe he read about an Argentinian tech company who used a similar unorthodox team building exercise to eventually acquire record fourth quarter sales numbers? You just don’t know with that guy. But seriously folks, it doesn’t matter what order he puts in the veteran, high-priced relievers and Jason Vargas if they are all bad, so I don’t see how you can yell at Mickey for AJ Ramos turning into the world’s most charismatic pumpkin. And because he doesn’t want a phone call from Frederick and/or Jeffrey, Jose Reyes gets a start or two a week.

Mark Healey (Gotham Baseball)

It takes more than two months to undo eight years of foolishness. The Mets FIP last year was 4.49; this year it’s at 3.92 despite brutal starts by key pitchers. Sure, his lineup choices are odd, his in-game decisions even odder, but they resemble some of Terry Collins‘ head-scratchers. What’s the common denominator? A meddlesome COO (Reyes) and a front office that seems to be scripting the daily lineup and BP usage. That’s my take, anyway. I have confidence in Mickey. Let’s see if he can start wresting more of the in-game stuff away from the suits.

Joe Maracic (Loud Egg)

My feeling is the manager can win or cost a team around 5 games per season. I think he’s doing fine but baseball managers have always been later on my list of team priorities, right below training and medical staff.

Metstradamus (Metstradamus Blog)

Sometimes, it’s incumbent on the players to make plays. Not everything can be traced back to a bad managerial move. Now should be the time to look at Sandy and what kind of depth he has set the team up with to endure something like this.

Greg Prince (Faith and Fear in Flushing)

I don’t not trust him. How’s that? Unfair to withdraw one’s faith one-third into a manager’s first season, though the impression I get is 1) he’s groping for answers, patterns and/or a change of luck; 2) actually managing is more difficult than doing it in theory. I’m sure we’d all discover the same had we really impressed in our interview for the job.

James Schapiro (Shea Bridge Report)

There was always some level of doubt, but the moment it became absolutely clear beyond much debate that we needed a new manager was when Terry forgot to pinch-run for Wilmer representing the tying run, and he got thrown out at the plate. On that level, I trust Mickey far more than I ever trusted Terry: he’s got a basic level of competence where you know he’s not just going to lose his mind and do something ridiculous. I think we all internally hoped for more, though – we were hoping he would turn out to be some kind of visionary who would single-handedly turn us into a World Series winner. Mickey isn’t that – I’m not sure if anybody has ever actually been that. Maybe Gil Hodges. Which means Mickey isn’t Gil Hodges – which is fine. He still knows his way around a baseball game, and I’m always relatively confident that he won’t screw things up all by himself.

Mets Daddy

While we have been rightly focusing on the bullpen meltdowns and Callaway’s missteps in causing some of those meltdowns, we are missing some of the real good he is doing.  Amed Rosario is blossoming, and Brandon Nimmo has made himself into a real good Major League leadoff hitter under his watch.  We’ve also seen Callaway coax a second (or third) act out of the careers of Adrian Gonzalez, Jose Bautista, and Devin Mesoraco.

While we expected Callaway to pull a Rumplestiltskin and weave a gold out of a collection of broken arms, his job is much more than that.  He’s in charge of a full 25 man roster, and there is enough there with his work with the full roster to believe he was the right man, and that he will continue learning and growing on the job.

While there may be some question about the job Callaway is doing and his future as a manager, one thing is for certain – this is a terrific group of writers, and I encourage everyone to take the time out to read their excellent writing on Callaway and all things Mets.

9 thoughts on “Mets Blogger Roundtable: Level Of Confidence In Mickey Callaway”

  1. Blu2MileHigh says:

    Callaway is in his honeymoon period with me.
    Callaway is a rookie skipper he gets a pass on the first three months of sny mistakes.
    Callaway has a Wilpon Katz roster and with it unque limitations.
    Callaway has a piecemeal pitching staff at best.
    Callaway’s FA eighth inning acquisition has pitched once or twice.
    Riveria, Lagares, D Arnaud are out for the year.
    The little speed this team has was until recently unleveraged or in Reyes unleveragable.
    Cespedes has played hurt and is on the DL how long?
    Frazier out for how long?
    They had crumbs of catching contributions since?
    Cabrera and Gonzalez have limited range.
    There was never a third base replacement.
    Blevins, Ramos and then Familia as a closer in their roles have not been consistent nor would be very productive anywhere…..

    I do not invest myself enough to read perspectives on Callaway before June of his rookie year….

    Thanks for the hardwork and congrats on your building relationships with other bloggers who invest so much of their time watching every inning also!

    Thank you again.

    What matters to me, to be a contender, to be a contender is to score off the best pitchers facing their “A” game (a playoff game or even the game to take two in a three game series), is this team’s playing as a team, the willingness to grind, to bunt into shifts, to scratch out leadoff walks amd until Wheeler and Conforto are on track to 1.5 – 3.0 WAR seasons there is not much upside from a predictable fourth place finish here.

  2. Blair Schirmer says:

    Some of the silliest nonsense I can recall hearing from the roundtable.

    “…and Brandon Nimmo has made himself into a real good Major League leadoff hitter under his watch.”

    Yeah, because Nimmo wasn’t already a real good Major League leadoff hitter before 2018, and who could have expected he’d be any good in the 1 spot since his minor league OBP was only .388 in seven seasons of pro ball? BA also told us on several occasions Nimmo was just fine in all three OF spots, so including CF. My god, who could have possibly seen this coming? /sarcasm

    –Here’s the thing about Callaway: When has he ever said ANYthing about the game that gave you pause, made you think, caused you to realize the man really did grasp the game at more than a superficial level? Anyone have a spot of genius, or even just an impressive of his they’d like to share?

    The answer is probably “never.” As soon as Callaway came to the attention to Mets fans, as soon as we heard him speak for five, ten, fifteen minutes, it was clear to many of us that he never did anything more than knit one cliche or predigested thought to the next. It’s easy to imagine Callaway losing a game or a postseason series. I can’t imagine him winning one, and I doubt you can either.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      The Mets envisioned Nimmo as a fourth OF, and they spent their offseason making moves to ensure that was the case.

      Besides that, Nimmo is showing much more power than he ever has.

      Give credit where it’s due.

  3. mike hogan says:

    The manager is doing okay. the problem is injuries, and a meddling ownership. unfortunately wright may never play again, Reyes is no longer the player he was. time to move on from him.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Well put

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