Within 24 hours, Mickey Callaway got a good, tough look at the two types of losses he will absorb right at the start of his hopefully long and successful career.
Monday, the fiasco was a lesson a manager can only do so often; During the catastrophic eighth inning, which led to a 6-1-Met lead to a 7: 6 deficit and eventually to a 8: 6 deficit, he did not go wrong. He has entrusted the game to his bullpen, and one by one, these pitchers have sprayed lighter fluid on the game.
That happens. Hot players sometimes get cold. It will catch you up.
But that happens too: sometimes you make your own grating decisions. Callaway has proved to be a little unconventional with his in-game mind-set, and in the first three weeks of the season, he was usually rewarded for it.
But that's a trend that can overtake you too.
There he was in the sixth inning, the Mets had already mixed back with 0: 3 and came to 3: 2 at the corners and one from. Callaway selected Jose Reyes to beat Zack Wheeler against Gio Gonzalez.
That was in and of itself curious. Reyes was 0-for-201
"He was a good matchup," said the manager. "I trust Reyes at this point."
Maybe against Gonzalez, oil loss, he would have been. But international Dave Martinez saw that his pitcher was also cooked. He signaled his bullpen. In trotted Sammy Solis. He is another leftist, though not really a leftist specialist; In fact, last year, the left-handers hit him better (.227) than the right-handers (.218).
Callaway had a chance to think about it a little bit more. These were his four options:
1. Adrian Gonzalez, a left-hander waiting for a double, but also a professional thug, and of all the Mets the one with the highest career ability to beat a runner from the third with less than two outs.
2. Michael Conforto, also a left-hander, the team's best thug, but one who is prone to strikeouts.
. 3 Brandon Nimmo, a left-handed man who has recently become red-hot, usually takes terrific at-bats and would be very hard to double.
. 4 Reyes, the right option, with an OPS for the season of .059.
Callaway held on to his weapons. He stayed with Reyes.
"It's not just what the numbers said," Callaway insisted. "It made sense, if we had another right, we might have taken a different path …"
Reyes struck out, beating three on a weakened swing that seemed to upset Citi Field's life. The Mets scored no points in this inning. They also scored no points in the seventh game (when they were back in places one and three, none and Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce sniffed) or the eighth (as they brought the Binding Run on to the plate, which was now a (19659002)) Not quite guilty of Reyes.
And that was not Callaway.
But you're wondering what would have happened if the Mets had bumped into the sixth round one night after they gave away that big lead, They would have responded with a comeback of their own – it does not make the pennant – or even the game, in this matter.
But Reyes at this point?
"We have faith in him," Callaway said.
Callaway must see what everyone else sees and saw, maybe Reyes will eventually get going, as was the case last year when the weather warmed up, and no one looks at DFA, he can still be a useful part of the team. I rgendwann.
At this point?
At .000, by definition, it is the simplest in baseball now. These are the numbers that should have been the brightest.
"We've had some opportunities, we've been away a few times," Callaway said, and he was right. "We had other options and we did not do it, it's not obvious that everyone goes to [get the man in from third]."
That makes perfect sense. But that's the way it is: A manager can only maximize the chances of winning his team. Mostly Callaway did that. Did he do this Tuesday night? It did not seem that way.