The New York Post is reporting that the Mets will fire pitching coach Dan Warthen after this terrible season comes to a merciful end on Sunday.
Warthen has been the Mets pitching coach since June 2008, when the team fired Rick Peterson and manager Willie Randolph in the middle of the night. He deserves credit for helping to develop the Mets young stud starters. However, most of them got injured on his watch, and he has to bear some of that responsibility.
“The Mets have mostly gotten lackluster returns from a pitching staff that has sky-high potential,” said My Top Sportsbooks. “After a brutal 2017 season, changes needed to be made, and scapegoating Dan Warthen is somewhat predictable. While many point to injuries as the cause of the Mets’ downfall (would-be ace Noah Syndergaard only managed six starts this year, while neither Matt Harvey nor Steven Matz reached 20) the reality is that Matz and Harvey were both awful even when they were on the mound. It’s going to take a combination of better injury luck and improved performance for New York to return to viable-contender status. Letting Warthen goes is a step in the right direction on the latter, but it doesn’t drastically impact the team’s 2018 outlook. They remain about a 50/1 longshot for the 2018 World Series.”
With Terry Collins also unlikely to be retained, the Mets brain trust will look a lot different next season.