Mets manager, closer do not appear to be on same page
One tweet sent by a New York Mets reporter on Thursday highlighted the disconnect within the team.
Newsday Mets reporter Tim Healey tweeted prior to the team’s series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers about closer Edwin Diaz’s availability for the game. Diaz said he would not be available to pitch, while manager Mickey Callaway said the closer might be available.
Mickey Callaway said Edwin Diaz might be available tonight, despite pitching the past two games and four of the past game.
Diaz said he is not available tonight.
— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) May 30, 2019
If a reliever does not feel like he can pitch in that night’s game, that’s something a manager should know. Granted, knowing the status of all 25 players on your roster prior to a game isn’t the easiest thing and requires proactive communication, but this is something you figure a manager would know in advance of game time.
Diaz had a rough outing and blew a 3-run lead, taking the loss on Wednesday. He was among the Mets players who found the Dodgers’ success to be suspicious.
Callaway has been on the hot seat, though the Mets rebounded from a 3-game sweep at Miami to sweep the Nats in a 4-game series. That probably helped save his job. The Mets entered Thursday’s game 27-28.