The Mets hoped the new coaching staff would take initiative to utilize data, and "early returns have been promising," front office officials told Marc Carig of Newsday.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson acknowledged that the trend in baseball is that starting pitchers are turning in shorter outings, and stressed the importance of a strong bullpen.
"If a guy has a bad track record going through the third time in the lineup and he starts an inning a third time through the lineup with a hit - now he walks somebody - how long are you going to wait?" Alderson said during the GM meetings.
Alderson touted the usefulness of Trackman data technology, which allows Mets coaches to see real-time information on spin rates and arm angles. "You can actually make decisions predicated on information," he said.
The Mets will likely handle their pitchers' workloads by incorporating data, but not to a point that it would be the sole determination of whether or not to keep a pitcher in the game.
"Is that saying once the third time in the order comes up, we're automatically yanking him out of the game? No," pitching coach Dave Eiland said, according to Newsday. "And I don't believe that's what Sandy was saying. But you have to be mindful of the numbers and of the data."
Mets manager Mickey Callaway said if pitchers are "showing us that they deserve to stay out there," he would monitor and give him a chance. At the same time, he said "we won't let them struggle the third time through if we don't have to."
The Mets, who brought back LHP Jerry Blevins, are looking for more relievers. Sources told Newsday that the Mets are interested in relievers Brandon Morrow, Mike Manor, Bryan Shaw, and Addison Reed.