Friday, October 14, 2011
First they let Jon Debus go who was the bullpen coach and catching instructor. Now Mr. Debus maybe a fine coach/instructor but those were two areas where the team struggled.
The first thing the Mets did was replace Debus with a legitimate pitching coach and not just any pitching coach but one who has been working his way up the minors at the same pace as those who maybe on the staff this year. Ricky Bones started with the Mets in 2006 in St. Lucie, 2007-2008 B-Mets and 2009-2011 with the Bisons. Bones is the perfect fit for Bobby Parnell, Josh Stinson, Chris Schwinden, Jenrry Mejia and Manny Alvarez ( to name a few).
Bob Geren appears to be the second move showing that their serious about improving the pitching staff. Josh Thole regressed defensively, reports are that Ronny Paulino failed to follow the game plans and Mike Nickeas is as green as they get. I'm not sure how much actual impact a catcher has on a pitcher, but guys like Mike Pelfrey certainly got flustered when Thole would make a mistake. Having a former major league catcher on the bench to instruct a young catching core of Mike Nickeas and Josh Thole could make a world of difference.
Posted by Ed Ryan at 9:22 PM