The New York Mets are parting ways with pitching coach Dave Eiland, seemingly in response to the Mets’ recent pitching struggles.
The New York Mets are making some changes on the coaching staff after falling to fourth place in the NL East. While many expected manager Mickey Callaway to be the first casualty, pitching coach Dave Eiland according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. DiComo is also reporting that Callaway is safe.
Eiland was brought in with Callaway prior to the 2018 season. In addition to Eiland, bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez is out as well.
This is the first major shakeup the Mets have made this season despite constant speculation during their up-and-down 2019 season.
The pitching staff has been nothing short of a disappointment this year. The starting rotation’s inconsistency has plagued the Mets all season. Jacob deGrom (3.26 ERA) is still a stud, but Noah Syndergaard (4.55), Steven Matz (4.28), and Zack Wheeler (4.94) have all taken a step back this season.
Not to mention, the bullpen is one of the worst in all of baseball. The atrocious unit has a 5.38 ERA on the season which is bad enough for 14th in the National League, only ahead of the Washington Nationals.
The Mets are in a freefall and looking to give the team a shot of life with this move. They’ve fallen all the way to fourth place in the division despite the fact that first-year general manager Brodie Van Wagenen talked a big game this offseason.
The Mets are in the danger zone of slipping out of the playoff race and becoming sellers at the trade deadline. Perhaps this desperate move can give the team the jolt they need. If not, Callaway’s days in Flushing could be numbered.