The Marlins got hammered by the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon, losing 10-3 and dropping the three-game series against their lowly division rival. The Phillies, who still own baseball’s worst record at 32-61, banged out 20 hits, including four doubles and two triples.
Giancarlo Stanton tried his hardest to lead his team to victory. He homered twice in Monday’s win, once in Tuesday’s loss, and once again on Wednesday to bring him into a tie with Aaron Judge for the major league lead in homers at 30. The series loss stung Stanton. Via MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, Stanton said after the game, “If you can’t win a series against the worst team in the league; there’s not much going for you, right there.”
The Marlins are notably going through a transition process as owner Jeffrey Loria is selling the team. And with the team sitting 42-51, they’re not going anywhere this year and may undergo yet another fire sale. Stanton in particular has been brought up in trade rumors despite his gargantuan contract (13 years, $325 million) and full no-trade clause. The constant state of uncertainty with the team may be getting to Stanton.
After Wednesday’s performance, Stanton is hitting .275/.360/.590 with 30 home runs, 64 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 394 plate appearances.
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.