Mets skipper Callaway not focused on job security

Reuters

New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters he isn't focused on his job security after his team lost its second straight game to the MLB-worst Miami Marlins on Saturday night in Miami.

Yahoo Sports reported Saturday evening that Callaway's job is safe through at least the weekend, but perhaps in danger once the Mets get home from a six-game road trip on Monday.

"I'm coming in tomorrow to manage the New York Mets, and I'm going to be enthusiastic about it, and I'm going to continue to lead this team to something special," Callaway said. "As a leader, you can't ever worry about yourself. I'm here.

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"One of the things I told them when I got hired was selfless service is very important to me, and my goal every day is to improve that room, be consistent, and make sure our players continue to improve."

The Marlins entered the series with a 10-31 record, having lost seven straight and 10 of 11, but they won 8-6 on Friday and 2-0 in a collective one-hitter on Saturday. The Mets have lost four straight and dropped to 20-24, the furthest below .500 they've been all season.

Callaway, 44, went 77-85 with the Mets last year, his first season as manager, despite starting 17-9 and still sitting five games over .500 (24-19) on May 21. By the All-Star break, New York had dropped 16 games below .500 (39-55).

This year, the Mets opened 9-4, but they've won consecutive games just twice since.

Callaway said he believes the team has the talent to contend, but added, "We haven't played like that."

"We have to start making it happen, somehow, some way," he said.

Third baseman Todd Frazier told reporters that Callaway isn't the issue.

"It's not a question for me -- I think he's doing a great job," Frazier said. "He can't go up there and hit. He makes the lineup, he puts the guys in at the right time, and we're not producing."

The Marlins have yet to sweep a team this year. Noah Syndergaard will take the mound against Sandy Alcantara on Sunday.

--Field Level Media

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