Phil Regan’s And Ricky Bones Job Now Tenuous

Before the game last night, the Mets fired pitching coach Dave Eiland and bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez because somehow they were not able to make a bullpen full of names like Drew Gagnon, Tim Peterson, Jacob Rhame, Hector Santiago, and whatever else Triple to Four-A relievers Brodie Van Wagenen supplied to create a viable bullpen.

This meant Phil Regan was once again a Major League pitching coach, and we saw the return of Ricky Bones as the bullpen coach. Their first duty was to make Walker Lockett a viable starter in a game against the Chicago Cubs. It worked for exactly two innings.

Entering the bottom of the third, the Mets had a 3-0 lead. The first run came when Carlos Gomez killed a rally by grounding into a double play with the bases loaded and no outs. The other two came against another epic Pete Alonso homer. It would prove to not be nearly enough.

In the bottom of the third, the only out Lockett would get was on a sacrifice bunt by the opposing pitcher Tyler Chatwood. It was an ugly six run inning which included five hits, two walks, and just further ugly play behind the plate by Wilson Ramos with a passed ball and wild pitch. At that point, it was 6-3 Cubs with the Mets having no real shot at a comeback.

The final score was 7-4 because Javier Baez homered off Robert Gsellman in the seventh, and Todd Frazier homered in the ninth off Adbert Alzolay. Speaking of Alzolay for a second, he was absolutely electric when he piggybacked this start allowing just that homer to Frazier while walking two and striking out five.

When you looked at these teams, you saw the Cubs as the team with a stable organization who was willing to spend and had a stable plan. When the Cubs needed to win a World Series, they hired Theo Epstein and not a former agent who was way in over his head. This is how you get the Cubs winning 90+ games every year, and you have the Mets falling apart since 2015.

Game Notes: New pitching coach Phil Regan is 82 years old. To put in perspective how old he is, he pitched against Ted Williams, and he was teammates with Hall of Famers like Sandy Koufax and Al Kaline. Another interesting note is he was part of the 1969 Cubs team who lost the division to the Miracle Mets.

12 thoughts on “Phil Regan’s And Ricky Bones Job Now Tenuous”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    “….because somehow they were not able to make a bullpen full of names…”

    No. It’s because the pitching geniueses were handed a healthy Core Four who were supposed to carry us to contention and everyone of them had multiple disaster games. Whatever those guys were whispering, coaching, prepping, researching, studying and imparting was leading to some terrible performances.


    The Core Four already have 12 blown starts (5 or more earned runs allowed, my new stat). Last year they had six all year.

    That is why the pitching coach got canned. The bullpen didn’t matter, unless there was a way for them to take the scoreboard apart.

    1. Oldbackstop says:

      Oh, I love the feature where your pieces autolink to similar past articles. This has a great one from April with you ranting about how Vargas, anyone can see, is no longer a viable major league starter. So, yeah, your opinion is weighty…….

      1. metsdaddy says:

        Vargas isn’t a MLB caliber starter.

    2. metsdaddy says:

      deGrom, Syndergaard, and Wheeler ate in the top 30 in FIP. That means they are all pitching like top of the rotation starters which would again mean the issue is defense.

      It’s also an indication that if a pitcher has any discernible talent, Eiland is getting the most out of them.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        Rofl…..your posts should come with laugh tracks..

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Again, I use facts, and when you can’t refute them, you revert to juvenile behavior.

          1. LongTimeFan1 says:

            Vargas then must be pitching for another team ’cause unless those same guys that play behind Noah, Jake, Matz and Wheels, are swapped with an imported lineup on the field behind Vargas, you have huge credibility problem on yet another thing.

            There’s no shame on being wrong. The problem for you often occurs because you can’t bear holding yourself accountable and then go through hoops with nonsense trying to convince yourself and others you are correct. In all seriousness, did you have a parent or parents who were overly critical and/or demanding?

          2. metsdaddy says:

            I have a huge credibility problem because I don’t buy in on Vargas over a three start stretch and instead look at what he’s been over two years?

            Seriously, this is just like when I was attacked over Frazier because I look at bodies of work and not performances over small sample sizes.

      2. LongTimeFan1 says:


        You apply different standards to different players to align with a personal agenda so you can ignore quality performance in players you don’t like. You’re very consistent with that.

        You’re done that again here today with Vargas. Now it’s a 3-start standard and good defense behind him on a team with the worst defense in the NL.

        Before that, it was pitching vs. bad team standard.

        And a low innings standard even though Vargas doesn’t make those decisions.

        in Vargas’s last 10 starts, his era is in the 2’s.

        Today he couldn’t put batters away quick enough and thus 4.2 inning performance, if I’m not mistaken, 103 pitches. but of 4 runs scored, two earned.

        He had 3.81 era in second half 2018. So with the exception of a few starts this season, Vargas has been solid for almost a year of his near 1.5 years of his current 2 year Mets deal..

        This season he’s been relatively healthy and pitching in consistent routine which he needs for success. He’s been able to build up pitch counts along the way and keep the ball in the yard which is important part of his success.

        In last season’s first half, he struggled through injury that began in spring training, came back too soon, didn’t have consistent routine, or usage which reflected in his first half 8.60 era. .

        Now you you strongly advocated for Gio Gonzalez to replace Vargas this season. Gonzalez came off a 32 start 171 inning 2018 with 4.21 ERA. His fastball velocity has been declining for years. I said all along we don’t need Gio in that Gio and Vargas are rather similar.

        Gio’s last start lasted 4.2 innings, 102 pitches. Prior to that he pitched, 5.0, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.1.

        He’s been on the IL since May 28 with dead arm.

        Anyone with a bit of curiosity, objectivity, research capacity, in-game eyeballs on Vargas, and understands a bit of psychology can readily recognize your writing for what’s behind it. You have difficult time being accountable to developments that don’t align with your narrative. As I’ve previously said, there’s no shame in making mistakes. The problem is in doubling down to escape accountability which you frequently do.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          You’re praising a guy who can’t get through five innings in half of his starts. His stats since the 2017 All Star Break are his stats.

          There’s no amount of personal agenda you could impugn on me to change those numbers or to make numbers like this acceptable.

          You like starters who can’t even qualify for a win when he pitches and forces a bad bullpen to work more when his turn comes through the rotation, more power to you.

  2. Blair M. Schirmer says:

    Phil Regan is as old as Fred Wilpon. Younger by some months, but iirc both are 82.

    I’m sure that’s not how Phil got the job, schmoozing Fred. Sure of it.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Regan got the job because it was a purely reactionary decision with no long term plan in place. That said Regan is great, and he should do well.

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