Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Mickey Callaway on hot seat after Mets get swept by Marlins

17 Comments

The Mets suffered their fifth consecutive loss, dropping Sunday afternoon’s series finale 3-0 to the Marlins. They lost 2-0 on Saturday and 8-6 on Friday, giving the lowly Marlins their first series sweep since September 18-20, 2017. Manager Mickey Callaway’s seat was already hot, as they say, entering the series but it is now engulfed in flames.

After Sunday’s loss, the Mets are now 20-25, just a game ahead of the floundering fourth-place Nationals. They haven’t scored since the eighth inning of Friday night’s loss and are overall 4-10 since May 3. While Callaway hasn’t been great, the Mets’ woes have as much to do with key players underperforming. Second baseman Robinson Canó entered Sunday’s action with a .679 OPS. Catcher Wilson Ramos, another offseason acquisition, had a .626 OPS. Steven Matz, with a 3.96 ERA, has been the best of what was supposed to be a dominant starting rotation. Reigning Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom has a 3.98 ERA and Noah Syndergaard is at 4.74. Reliever Jeurys Familia has walked 13 batters and allowed 10 earned runs to score in 16 1/3 innings. Managers, however, are usually the first to go when a team fails to live up to expectations.

It is unclear who the Mets would ask to manage the team in the interim if the club were to fire Callaway, but bench coach Jim Riggleman seems like an obvious option. Riggleman managed the Reds in the interim after the club let go of Bryan Price in April last year. Riggleman has managed across parts of 13 seasons with the Padres, Cubs, Mariners, and Nationals as well as the Reds, owning an overall 726-904 (.445) record.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Leave a comment

Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports