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Mets fire pitching coach Dave Eiland


James Wagner of the New York Times reports that the Mets have fired pitching coach Dave Eiland. Joel Sherman of the New York post reports that the club has also dismissed bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez.

Eiland was in his second year as the Mets pitching coach having joined the club when Mickey Callaway was hired as manager following the 2017 season. Before that he served as the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees. He also held an advisory role with the Rays for a time.

The Mets are currently 20th out of 30 in team ERA. Whether that’s the pitching coach’s fault is, as always, debatable, but a struggling team often axes coaches. As it is, the Mets rotation, which was supposed to be great, has merely been good, and the bullpen has been a train wreck born of both ineffectiveness and injury.

GM Brodie Van Wagenen will address the media at around 5PM. Presumably Eiland’s replacement, interim or otherwise, will be named.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.