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SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 27: Mickey Callaway #36 of the New York Mets comes onto the field before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 27, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 27: Mickey Callaway #36 of the New York Mets comes onto the field before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 27, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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Dave Eiland: C

Pitching coach Dave Eiland is another name that generated excitement when he was hired by the Mets. Again the strategy of combining a teams strength, pitching, with someone who’s been at the top with his pitching staff makes sense.

Eiland had one of the top pitching staffs in baseball the past couple of years with the Kansas City Royals. Even though we would like to forget how 2015 ended, Eiland was part of that 2015 team that beat the Mets.

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What’s more impressive about Eiland is he made the Kansas City pitching staff really strong, even with guys like Edison Volquez and Chris Young. Kansa City prioritized the strength of the bullpen especially at the back end with their hard-throwing middle relievers.

Ever since the 2015 champs unveiled that blueprint many teams have tried to follow it. So with Eiland inheriting a talented rotation and a number of arms in the pen, met fans expected better results.

Let’s cut to the chase about the bullpen. It blows. The Mets overall team ERA is 4.29 and then the team has a total of 15 blown saves on the year.

In fact, they have blown 15 out of 38 save opportunities. Which puts them only a tad over 60% for the year in save conversion.

The A.J. Ramos injury did hurt the Mets, but Ramos wasn’t exactly lighting things up anyway. Underwhelming performances by Jerry Blevins and Jeurys Familia is concerning, which forces the Mets to overwork their reliable options in Robert Gsellman.

What saves Eiland from getting a failing grade though is the rotation. Jacob deGrom has been phenomenal and is arguably the first half Cy Young.

But what really stands out is how good some of the other guys have been. Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler are having really good years this year in Queens and Eiland deserves some credit for those guys finally finding consistency on the mound.

The bullpen is a giant smudge on Eiland’s record this year, but the rotation saves him from being on the hot seat.

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