Callaway apologizes for pulling Syndergaard after bullpen blows game
Mickey Callaway might be on the hot seat once again.
It was only a couple of weeks ago when New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Callaway would be the team's manager for the "foreseeable future," but the skipper made what he believes to be a blunder Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants and issued an apology for the decision.
Lugo allowed back-to-back hits and the Giants tied up the game.
The Mets' bullpen imploded three innings later to hand New York a 9-3 loss.
Fans at Citi Field could be heard chanting "sell the team" and calling for a managerial replacement, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Callaway said postgame that he regretted the decision to pull Syndergaard, according to The Athletic's Tim Britton.
"That's one I'd like to have back," Callaway said.
"Noah threw a hell of a game. He probably deserved with a runner on first a little more benefit of the doubt there," he added. "If (the baserunner) steals second, then allow Noah to make some big pitches with a guy in scoring position."
Syndergaard said Callaway apologized to the team following the game.
"As a whole, after the game as a team, Mickey pulled us all together and was remorseful of that decision," Syndergaard told reporters. "If anything a man that is knowledgeable about the mistakes he makes is something that sparks more respect in our eyes. Commend him for that."
The Mets are 8-7 since Van Wagenen showed his support for Callaway and sit five games out of first place in the National League East.