LOS ANGELES — With the Mets reeling, don’t expect any coaching staff shakeups from general manager Sandy Alderson, who offered pitching coach Dan Warthen a vote of confidence despite a staff that has faltered beneath the weight of injuries.
“He’s part of the solution,” Alderson said before Wednesday night’s game against the Dodgers. “He’s part of the group of people, including the pitchers as well as the coaching staff who are trying to figure out how to get the staff back to where we expect them to be.”
The Mets pitching staff entered play with a 5.01 ERA, behind only the Reds for the worst in the National League. That spike has coincided with a spike in homers and walks. At the start of play, Mets pitchers allowed the second-most homers in the NL (104) and issued the third-most walks (266).
“Overall, it’s not a good situation. I think it has a lot to do with where we are currently. If where we are in the standings is going to change, then the pitching has got to improve.”
Warthen, 64, has served as pitching coach since 2008.
As a result of unmet expectations, the Cardinals earlier this month shook up the coaching staff in hopes of turning around their season. But the Mets don’t appear to be headed that direction, keeping in line with their thinking on manager Terry Collins, who has not been under fire though the Mets began play 11 games out of a playoff spot.
“Each team has to evaluate their own situation,” Alderson said. “And some teams are quick with the trigger and some are maybe overly cautious. What I want to do is make sure we’re addressing the problem and we’re doing so fairly, so that ultimately we can end up with a solution rather than just a reaction without substance.”
Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) is scheduled to come off the DL and rejoin the Mets on Friday . . . Closer Jeurys Familia (surgery for blood clot) is likely to begin a throwing program next week in Florida, Alderson said.