Mets manager Mickey Callaway would like to see Mets catchers demonstrate better pitch selection during spring training.
Callaway took issue with RHP Marcos Molina's 2-0 curveball called by Kevin Plawecki during Saturday's game against the Cardinals, a pitch that turned into a home run, reports Tim Britton of The Athletic. Callaway also noted that the Mets walked a batter on an off-speed pitch with a full count.
"We've really got to hone in on our pitch selection," Callaway said, according to The Athletic. "This is their first outing of spring. If we're going to get hit around, let's do it with our fastball. Let's establish our fastball to get those going."
Travis d'Arnaud and Plawecki are expected to carry the workload behind the plate for the Mets, who also have Tomas Nido on the 40-man roster. Catchers Jose Lobaton and Patrick Mazeika are among the team's non-roster invitees in spring training.
Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza said on Saturday that d'Arnaud and Plawecki have room to grow.
"I think they are great guys and that is important," "They are very solid guys, they take care of themselves and work hard, but there is nothing wrong with looking at Travis and Kevin and challenging them to get better this year, to play better, to improve the performance."