Reset and refocus. And not just Mickey Callaway.One of the pluses of the Friday meeting with COO Jeff Wilpon, GM Brodie Van Wagenen and manager Mickey Callaway is that the Mets finally are expecting a little more from their players.It’s about time.
Too often this is an organization that has coddled its players and even Van Wagenen made it clear in spring training that management is there to work for the players.All that is well and good, but expectations must be raised and jobs should be on the line as they are now and not just Callaway’s job.
Third base is wide open, the eighth-inning setup position is up for grabs as well. Todd Frazier has not bounced back from his oblique injury and is hitting .143, and has yet to walk this season while striking out 17 times in 50 plate appearances.
Jeurys Familia (shoulder) has been a disappointment with a 6.28 ERA and having allowed 31 base runners in 14 ¹/₃ innings.Frazier knows he has to get it in gear with Jed Lowrie inching closer to a return. Lowrie is hitting .161 in his rehab at Triple-A Syracuse over 31 at-bats.
The same for Familia, who is no longer the eighth-inning reliever, and the injured Justin Wilson (elbow) with Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman moving into those roles.