Earlier Friday, Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and manager Mickey Callaway all gathered together for an unusual meeting. Wilpon, a member of the team’s ownership group, wanted to brainstorm how the Mets could recover from their 17-20 start, before things started to go too awry. No jobs were threatened, according to a source, though the tone was clear: the Mets have to play better.
They could not have offered a more immediate and impactful response. The first eight batters to face Marlins starter Pablo Lopez in the first inning all reached base, including Amed Rosario, who punctuated the rally with an opposite-field grand slam. All told, the Mets sent 13 men to the plate against Lopez, scoring eight times in the first inning of an 11-2 win over the Marlins at Citi Field.