If the Mets are going to be successful in 2018, Mickey Callaway knows exactly how that's going to happen: good pitching.
After the Mets' 3-1 win against the Diamondbacks on Friday night, where Jacob deGrom was masterful with 13 strikeouts over seven innings, Callaway discussed leaning on his whole staff, not just deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.
"It will only help if the other guys step up," Callaway said. "They have to. We talked to them in Spring Training - and I probably shouldn't say this to you guys - I talked to them and told them, 'Hey, whether it's fair or not, our season's gonna go how you guys go.' That's just the reality of this game. There's pressure, we all have pressure, you guys have pressure. That's part of baseball, especially in New York."
Behind the Mets' two aces, the rotation has been suspect. Jason Vargas has been abominable in his first couple starts while Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz have been far from dominant. Matt Harvey's struggles were well publicized before the team DFA'd him.
"They gotta get the job done for us to be a good team," Callaway said.
Matz will have the chance to make his manager proud when he gets his start against the D-backs on Saturday night, against Patrick Corbin.