If Mets manager Mickey Callaway needed any more confirmation he's on the hot seat, the New York Post succinctly explained the situation on their sports front Sunday.
"Miami Heat: Mickey's seat on fire after another defeat to lowly fish," the paper noted in its typically dramatic style.
— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) May 19, 2019
The Mets lost their second straight to the Marlins on Saturday and looked bad in the process, collecting only one hit in the 2-0 loss. It's not a good look for the Mets to lose two straight to the team with the worst record in baseball. The Mets have now lost four in a row, are a season-low four games under .500, and Callaway's job status remains a hot topic in New York.
Callaway seemed unfazed when asked about that issue after Saturday's loss.
"I'm coming in tomorrow to manage the New York Mets and I'm going to be enthusiastic about it and I'm going to continue to lead this team to something special," Callaway said.
"As a leader, you can't ever worry about yourself. I'm here. One of the things I told them when I got hired was selfless service is very important to me, and my goal every day is to improve that room, be consistent, and make sure our players continue to improve."
Callaway is now 97-109 with the Mets, including last season's 77-85 mark in his first year at the helm. Expectations were high entering this season, given offseason moves that brought second baseman Robinson Cano and reliever Edwin Diaz to New York to join returning talent that included reigning Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom and right hander Noah Syndergaard. But both deGrom and Syndergaard have gotten off to rocky starts. While there have been bright spots on offense (rookie first baseman Pete Alonso is tied for fourth in the majors with 14 home runs), the Mets are 19th in the majors in runs scored.
Callaway said Saturday he thinks the Mets have the right players to win.
"I do believe we have talent in there," Callaway said. "We haven't played like that. There's no doubt that hasn't been the case, but I believe those things for a reason, and I believe everyone comes to the park every day for something greater than what's been happening. We have to start making it happen, somehow, some way."
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen met with Callaway last week, and some observers speculated Callaway's job status came up.
"Look, I think as I've said before, our job is to support Mickey and the coaching staff," Van Wagenen said. "Our job is to support the players and we expect to win. So we'll continue to hold ourselves accountable for that."