In the past few days we’ve heard a lot about how the Mets are likely to let manager Terry Collins go when his contract runs out this weekend. We’ve also heard some speculation as to the candidates they’ll consider to replace him. Whoever does will likely get their choice of pitching coach to go along with the gig, because Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that current pitching coach Dan Warthen is on the way out:
According to multiple industry sources, the team is preparing to inform pitching coach Dan Warthen he won’t be retained for 2018, following a season in which the Mets’ pitching staff, besieged by injuries and underperformance, has imploded.
It’s not always a given that a Mets manager will get that kind of choice, as Warthen was there when Terry Collins was hired. Indeed, the 64-year-old Warthen was hired in 2008 when Rick Peterson and manager Willy Randolph were fired. Whether a new manager will hand-pick his coaches or, rather, will simply get new ones that Sandy Alderson and ownership pick is an open question.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: