The hot seat isn't nearly as warm for Mets manager Mickey Callaway after his team turned things around in a big way following the All-Star break.
If the Mets don't end up cracking the postseason, it's unclear what would happen with Callaway. But we now know what Jeff McNeil thinks, at least.
McNeil gave his skipper a big vote of confidence on Wednesday.
"(Callaway) deserves a lot of credit. We love playing for him. He's a lot of fun. He keeps the clubhouse loose, keeps it fun, has meetings when you have to have meetings. I credit a lot to him. He's done a great job," McNeil told WFAN.
The Mets enter their Wednesday meeting with the Cubs having dropped four straight games, but they're still just three games back and in the thick of the National League Wild Card battle. Still, they need to stop the bleeding -- something the team has shown they're more than capable of.
In doing so a few times this season, McNeil credited a full-team effort, along with Callaway, for those turnarounds.
"We have been through some rough patches in the season... Yeah, we've bounced back," McNeil said. "Midway through the first half we weren't playing very good and everyone stayed positive and we didn't let it affect us."
"I think just everything clicking at the same time," McNeil added. "The hitting was there, the pitching was there, we were playing some good defense. That's kind of all contributed to the winning. I think when we weren't playing well, we always had like two of the three things working. You've got to have everything working at the same time."
While his status is unknown, things are looking up for Callaway as of late. Along with McNeil, New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen gave credit to Callaway for keeping the clubhouse together.
"One of the characteristics that I think Mickey has done really well -- at least in the 2019 season where I've been able to see a first-hand view of it -- is he's maintained the clubhouse," Van Wagenen said. "I think that even through the adversity that we experienced the first four months of the year, that clubhouse has remained united."