The 2019 Mets focus more on the culture of Wilpon's property and on a list established by Brodie Van Wagenen – first as an agent and then as general manager – than for Mickey's management Callaway.
But the terms of engagement of this team have been known for months. Neither the old owners nor the new general manager were going anywhere. If the time had come to try to deflate the clubhouse or to change the narrative or provide a human shield to key officials, Callaway was becoming the type of fall this year after Sandy Alderson l & rsquo; Last year, just like Terry Collins the year before. , and so on in the implacable game of Mets blame.
And let's face it, time is coming. Quick. And that inevitably feels. Callaway runs Sunday against the Marlins. No one at this stage should comfortably bet Monday at Citi Field.
At the beginning of "Rounders", Mike McDermott of Matt Damon makes his voice heard: "Listen, here's the problem: if you can not spot the miller in your first half-hour at the table, then you're the miller."
The Mets have entered a 13-game phase against the spiral of death. The Nationals and the Marlins International League are ready to gain weight against their lower opponents. Except that the Mets are the suckers. They had to miss the memo that they are inferior too.
Jeff Wilpon convened a meeting with Van Wagenen and Callaway before this phase began to send the real urgency message and the subliminal message that next time, a more drastic action than a meeting is taking place. The best time for this kind of meeting is before matches and playoffs against a weak competition. The Mets followed with two wins at home against Miami, then a triumph against Washington. They were back at .500 and believed that Van Wagenen's words were the team to beat in the east of the NL.
Now they are back to preside at the end of Callaway's administration. You speed up the clock by losing four players in a row against this type of opponents, including two somnambulists against the closest facsimile of the 1962 Mets: it would be the Marlins of Derek Jeter .
Even now, the Mets can convince themselves that the Phillies, who occupy the first place, are only 5¹ / ₂ of the match. But the record is 20-24 and the problems are historically familiar. The Mets are forever the piano that fails to tune all 88 notes. When they hit, they do not throw and when they throw, they do not hit. They talk every year about synchronization. But what defines bad teams is their inability to synchronize or compensate for what is not buzzing. As always, it is a piano with 44 keys.
Can a good manager solve this problem? I doubt it. It starts at the top and starts to go down. But it is becoming increasingly clear that if a magician is needed to heckle the problems of Institutional and Integrated Mets, Callaway has more in common with Art Howe than David Copperfield.
If he was successful one day in New York, he would probably have needed an apprentice in Kansas City or Milwaukee to learn how to handle the nine innings, master that, and then try to tackle the problems endemic to Mets and how to do it. work in a huge city of baseball.
Alderson's last highlight in his tenure was a 0-on-5 freestyle in 2017-18 with Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, Jose Reyes, Anthony Swarzak and Jason Vargas. But Callaway really makes 0-for-6. And Van Wagenen did not import very energetic and high-performance auto-starters that could compensate for what Callaway does not have the ability to take the life and confidence of the cable into alignment.
But Callaway has always been the cover of all. It is not the choice of this general manager. So it's still an arranged marriage, designed not to spoil the last two years with a three-year management contract. Les Mets wanted to believe they saw signs of improvement at Callaway over the past year. But going from a catastrophic situation to a bad company is seen as an improvement only by an organization that fights illusions as surely as the rest of the NL East.
Maybe the Mets win on Sunday and that remains a task. But it is very difficult to stop the negative dynamics in this city and for this team.
These Mets were unable to muster for their manager against the Nationals and Marlins, when it was realized around the club that Callaway has as much job security as Keon Broxton. So it feels like we're talking about one day, some of the lost defeat, now or in the near future, before the bench coach, Jim Riggelman, is elevated and the last blah blah blah about new voices and different directions no longer.
It's marginally the fault of Mickey Callaway, but he has not voiced the skills to be good enough at this post to do it right and overcome all the malpractices that surround him. So, unless it turns into a combination of David Copperfield and John McGraw – and fast – his less than magical run is about to begin.