The New York Mets believe they have found a solution for their struggles in 2019. The team made some big changes Thursday, firing pitching coach Dave Eiland, according to James Wagner of the New York Times. The team also parted ways with bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
The team made the move a day after the Mets dropped to fourth place in the National League East. Mickey Callaway will remain the team’s manager for now.
New York entered the season with a promising pitching staff, but the team’s rotation has failed to live up to expectations. The Mets rank 13th with a 4.27 ERA from their starters. Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler have all posted higher ERAs compared to last season.
The bullpen has been even worse. The team’s 5.46 ERA from its relievers ranks 28th.
The team is expected to name Phil Regan as Eiland’s replacement. Ricky Bones will return to the club as the bullpen coach, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. Bones was the team’s bullpen coach last season, but was not asked to return in the offseason. The 82-year-old Regan has been a member of the Mets organization for at least a decade.
General manger Brodie Van Wagenen is expected to address those changes prior to Thursday’s game against the Chicago Cubs.
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