For all of the speculation regarding Mickey Callaway's job status, one prominent locker room voice expressed his displeasure in the "will-they-won't-they" dance.
Noah Syndergaard went so far as to call rumors regarding Callaway's insecure job status "bulls---" after the Mets were shut out by the Marlins, 3-0, and swept by the last-place team.
"I respect the hell out of Mickey," said Syndegaard, who took the loss Sunday despite pitching well. "Mickey has tremendous leadership values. It's kind of bullshit what's going on right now with this speculation that there could be a change, because we're so early in the season and just one very small step away from putting this all together. It's certainly not on him."
Syndergaard allowed two earned runs on five hits -- most on weak contact -- over seven innings with three strikeouts.
This is not the first time Syndergaard has displayed loyalty toward the coaching staff. In 2017, when the Terry Collins regime was on its way out, the right-hander went to bat repeatedly for then-pitching coach Dan Warthen.
And Syndergaard is not alone in the locker room. Todd Frazier, a veteran presence, backed up Callaway's decision-making following Saturday' loss.
"I think he's doing a great job," he said. "He can't go up there and hit. He makes the lineup, he puts the guys in at the right time, and we're not producing. At the end of the day, he makes the lineup, he does his job, he's a great manager, and our focus is on winning games and we're not doing that for him ... If we're not producing, it's kind of on us.
"We've just got to step up, that's the bottom line, as hitters, as a collective group ... Let's get our focus on what we're good at and hopefully that gets us going."