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Calloway: pitchers will go 12 innings if everything mechanically looks good


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Mets and Mickey Callaway aren't on same page with pitching plan
Updated November 15, 2017 at 4:34 PM;


The Mets are constantly searching for ways to keep their pitchers healthy.
Last year, it was overhauling their spring training pitching plan.

It didn't work.

So, now the front office has determined a plan of action that extends beyond spring training.
They're following a trend set by a few other teams in baseball, most notably the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The front office has determined they will only let their starters face the lineup twice.
The hope is for this new strategy to prevent the injuries and limit ineffectiveness.

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According to a Newsday report, only Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard will be allowed to go deep into games.
Every other starting pitcher will exit after facing the opposing lineup twice, limiting their chances for middle-inning trouble. In turn, the Mets plan to load up their bullpen this winter.

There's only one problem with that plan: Mickey Callaway.

Callaway, a former pitcher and pitching coach, has his own opinions on how to run a pitching staff and handle their workloads.
In a recent interview on WOR, Callaway said he hadn't read the report and detailed his own plan, which differs from the one the Mets have leaked to the media.

"I haven't seen that report," Callaway told WOR's Pete McCarthy earlier this week. "I think you use every players' strengths to the max.
If I see deGrom or Syndergaard, their slot lowering -- we're going to be monitoring all of these things during the game.
We're going to be prepared going into the game, knowing who's a good matchup and who's not a good matchup.
And if I see them tire, they're not going to get to face the lineup the third time through.

"But if they're showing us that they can continue to go and they're strong, everything mechanically looks good, they're healthy and their stuff looks good, then they're going to pitch 12 innings if they can."

It's not the first time the front office has failed to get on the same page as a manager, and the plan may change.
The front office has more control over the game than ever, dictating moves based on things like win-probability and slew of other analytical factors.

But Callaway seems insistent on letting pitchers pitch without strict limitations.

"We're not going to pull anybody out because it's the third time through.
We're going to make sure that everybody is in the best spot to succeed," Callaway said.
"If we're in a close game, and you're looking tired and you're arm slot is dropping, and we've got a good matchup with Jerry Blevins coming in instead of keeping a right-handed starter in there, then you're going to get taken out of the game because that's what's best for the team."

Callaway said he would use the information about results the third time through for pregame preparation and planning, but he also said he would trust his own baseball instincts and pitchers need to do the same.

"We're going to make decisions for guys based on what they can and they can't do based on their strengths," he said. "It's not going to be because, 'Oh, he didn't do a very good job the third time through the order.'"

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Here's another thought -- get healthy pitchers to play for the Mets. In my off-season priorities I listed starting pitching number one followed by bullpen followed by second baseman followed by centerfielder who can steal bases or hit with power.
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an article about the pitching coach's plan:

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Saturday I rethink my priorities in my MacksMets article.
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A few minor comments regarding your column today:

]Reese's Pieces stardate [sign in to see URL]

I agree with you about [sign in to see URL] stats are not overwhelming good for a 1B, I would have to believe that Wilmer given a daily 1B assignment would generate about the same offense & be [sign in to see URL] Santana is a converted catcher, I don't remember hearing any great news about his 1B defense (in fact, he's a negative dWAR at first), how is that better than Wilmer?

Everyone puts Sandy Koufax on a [sign in to see URL] for most of Sandy's career, he was not exactly the legendary Sandy [sign in to see URL] '59-'61, he allowed 70 Homeruns (in an era, not really known for a lot of HRs)...

From '55-'61, he was 54-53 with a [sign in to see URL] ERA (which is probably close to 5 in today's standards), with a [sign in to see URL] WHIP and a 1.9 K:BB [sign in to see URL] didn't his arm fall off at age 30? But, look at how many innings he threw in his last 2 years of his career: not counting the '63 regular season, he threw over 700 innings from the '63 World Series until the conclusion of the '65 World Series...

#1955-1961-sumemoticonitching_standard]Koufax thru age 25 Stats

and while it's a small sample size, Steven Matz thru age 25 MLB stats (not counting age 26 disaster health season), are actually better than Koufax's (per game/9inning average): [sign in to see URL] ERA; [sign in to see URL] WHIP; [sign in to see URL] K:BB ratio

#2015-2016-sumemoticonitching_standard]Matz thru age 25 MLB Stats


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