Henry Rodriguez continues to not get it done as the Nationals closer. Last night he came into the game to lock down a 2-0 lead in the ninth. Then he walked a guy, gave up a single and uncorked two wild pitches. The dude he walked came around to score and Sean Burnett had to, once again, close things out.
Davey Johnson has had a tremendous amount of patience with Rodriguez — you gotta give high-90s gas all of the chances you can — but it sounds like he’s had enough:
Can’t blame him. You figure that committee will consist of Craig Stammen, Sean Burnett, Tyler Clippard and, when there’s a three-run lead and other offense doesn’t seem that dangerous — some opportunities for Rodriguez too.
Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has been issuing managerial orders from home. Citing an anonymous industry source, Van Wagenen made the call to remove Jacob deGrom from his June 1 start against the Diamondbacks in the seventh inning due to a hip cramp. deGrom was visibly frustrated with his removal.
According to Puma’s source, Van Wagenen was watching the game on TV at home. He communicated with a member of the team support staff that deGrom should be removed from the game. Word got to Callaway, who went to the mound and took out his starter. Furthermore, some in the Mets’ clubhouse were miffed that Van Wagenen didn’t take credit for the decision because it looked like deGrom and Callaway were at odds with each other.
Puma also notes that the decision to limit closer Edwin Díaz’s innings is also Van Wagenen’s. Díaz was not used in Sunday’s loss against the Cubs. Javier Báez ended up hitting a go-ahead three-run home run off of Seth Lugo. Callaway was questioned for choice not to use Díaz after the game, which resulted in a brouhaha in the clubhouse.
A veteran executive of another team said that a GM issuing managerial directives would be “unusual” and “crossing the line.” He added, “I have never seen that done, personally.”
Van Wagenen insisted, “Mickey has control of baseball decisions.”
In a season marked by dysfunction, things may be even more dysfunctional within the Mets organization than we knew.