Yes, Herrera is actually better against lefties this season, but that’s out of a sample size of 92 at-bats. His career slash lines against righties (.290/.347/.450) is still higher than it is against lefties (.275/.329/.395). To be fair to Callaway, Blevins has actually been much better against righties (.150/.292/.250) this season than he has against lefties (.318/.392/.523), though those numbers are way out of step with his career splits. He is a left-handed specialist, after all, and one that the 36-52 Mets are attempting to market as such as the trade deadline approaches.

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Even if the numbers don’t poke huge holes in Callaway’s explanation, it’s hard to give the rookie manager the benefit of the doubt. This occurred two months to the day since Callaway really fucked up, with consequence, in game against the Reds. That May afternoon, he allowed his team to bat out of order.

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These two simple screwups, plus the Mets’ historically bad 5-21 record in the month of June, may be pushing Callaway’s ass closer and closer to the jackpot. But if we’re being honest, a rookie manager making a few gaffes here and there is far from the biggest worry the Mets have. There are much larger, more fundamental problems that need to be dealt with first.