The Mets decided to shake things up with their coaching staff on Thursday, firing pitching coach Dave Eiland and bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez. Eiland joined the Mets last year and his departure was definitely felt by the pitching staff.
Jacob deGrom credited Eiland, 52, for playing a significant role in his success last season that helped the right-hander win the NL Cy Young award and that the pitching coach informed deGrom personally of the news.
"Dave called me and I told him, thank you for everything you did," deGrom said before Thursday's game against the Cubs. "I'm going to miss him. He helped me out quite a bit last year. I'm thankful for the time that I had with him."
Jason Vargas, who is 3-3 with a 3.74 ERA this season, said the firings "definitely caught everybody by surprise," while Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman also expressed shock.
Lugo added a feeling of responsibility, too.
"It tells me we've got to play better," he said. "If we're playing good, those moves don't happen."
DeGrom also echoed a similar sentiment.
"The goal is to win baseball games and we haven't been doing that," he said. "It seems like somebody always takes the blame for something like that."