SportCallaway's stance on analytics exposes Mets' odd strategy
Mets manager Mickey Callaway finally concedes Edwin Diaz could be pulled from closer role
Edwin Diaz has been brutally bad this season as the closer for the New York Mets, but until now he’s had the full support of manager Mickey Callaway.
At a time when most teams across professional sports are embracing analytics, New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway made it clear that much of his decision-making goes against the data.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Callaway indicated that he rarely uses the increasingly popular data and instead more often makes his own decisions.
Mickey Callaway: "I bet 85 percent of our decisions go against the analytics, and that's how it's always going to be, because that is just on paper."— Tim Healey (@timbhealey)
If 85 percent of Callaway’s decisions this season have gone against analytics, it explains why the Mets are outside of the playoff hunt. New York’s skipper continues to rely on closer Edwin Diaz in the most critical situations despite holding a 5.60 ERA this season with a 1.47 WHIP and five blown saves.
Surging Mets win 7-2, sweep Marlins behind 4 homers
Mchael Conforto homered twice, Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil hit two-run shots and the surging New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 Wednesday to complete a four-game sweep. The Mets took another early lead and posted their sixth straight victory, winning for the 13th time in 14 games. New York has swept the last-place Marlins three times this season. Steven Matz (7-7) won again at Citi Field, helping New York stay in the thick of the NL wild-card race. BOX SCORE: METS 7, MARLINS 2 Since sitting a season-high 11 games under .
, perhaps Callaway needs to change his tune if he wants to experience success. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox embrace analytics and factor them into their in-game decisions on a regular basis, they are also the only three teams to appear in the World Series in the past two years.
Callaway’s contradiction in his quote about going against analytics most of the time while also talking about how things should be equal further exposes New York’s issues.
There’s nothing wrong with a manager trusting his players in certain situations, but if Callaway continues to ignore proven data 85 percent of the time than he might become the next statistic of managers to be fired.
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If Mets can't shore up their most glaring problem, playoffs seem like a long shot.
If Mets can't shore up their most glaring problem, playoffs seem like a long shot