By Ed Coleman
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Everybody says it. Everybody feels it. If the Mets’ pitchers can stay healthy throughout 2018, watch out!
Mickey Callaway may be the new Mets manager, but Dave Eiland, the new pitching coach, is the man who is tasked with getting the most out of this talented staff and making sure it gets to the finish line intact. Eiland spoke at length Wednesday and covered many topics.
On getting the starters ready for their first spring game: “Everybody will get at least two sides and two B.P.s Some may get more, depending on when they’re slotted to pitch. The back-end-of-the-bullpen guys, you won’t see them in games for a while. You don’t have to build those guys up to 100 pitches. We’ll start B.P. on Saturday.”
On going back to New York (he is a former Yankees pitcher and pitching coach): “I know what the expectations are here. I embrace them. Pressure is not the right word for me. Whatever is said or written is not going to put more pressure on me to do what I need to do than I put on myself. I know how good it is to win here, and it’s something that I want to feel again. When I knew I wasn’t going back to Kansas City and I knew there were changes being made here, I had my eye on here, and this was before Mickey came into the picture. I came here to win again.”
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On Matt Harvey: “Mechanically, it looks like he got into some bad habits because of injuries. It looks like he was doing something with his lower half to help his upper half or his arm. We’ve looked at film. His last couple of sides have got him back on track a little bit. Getting him back to the level of 2013, certainly that’s our goal. He’s healthy. He’s in good shape, physically and mentally. What matters is what we do today moving forward with Matt.”
On the talent level of the pitching staff and bullpen usage: “There’s extreme talent here. I’ve never been around a collection of talent like I’m around here. That being said, we have to keep them healthy and keep running them out there. Our plan every night is to get 27 outs. We don’t care what…