Does Terry Collins Read Mets Today?
To quote Howard Cosell, “what a performance.” The calendar may have read April 13, but the Mets acted as if it were October 13, as they pulled out all the stops; from high-priced outfielders supermanning it into the stands, to their valuable closer getting five outs, coupled together with some aggressive base running, all in an effort to stem a losing streak and getting a win over what may prove to be a very pesky division rival.
I may be in the minority on this, but I applaud these efforts. As I wrote here, have wasted way too many days and nights of my life watching players and managers wearing Met uniforms that appeared to be simply mailing it in. “There’s still plenty of time,” they would say, or “wait until the weather gets warmer,” or “they (the Pirates, the Phillies, the Braves, etc.) will have their slump and we’ll close the gap.” The dearth of championship banners waving in the breeze on top of Citi Field is a good indication of the results of this way of thinking.
After Wednesday’s tour de force, Mets manager Terry Collins made several statements that made me wonder if he isn’t lurking somewhere on this blog.”The perception is there’s no energy here, which is completely not true,” Collins said. “That we’re not prepared. That we’re overconfident or we’re not taking things seriously. I heard that and it made me sick to my stomach.
“I (Collins) said, ‘We’ve got to win this game. We’ve got to show people we mean business…I just thought it was important for our fan base, to stay excited.”
Isn’t this what we want? So why is he being ripped in the papers, on talk radio and in other blogs? I thought the feeling was that after watching the Royals rub their collective noses in it for two days to open the season, that we wanted this kind of play, right from the start. We got it from them yesterday and now we don’t like it?
What’s wrong with us?
If I want to see professional wrestling I’ll watch the WWF, thank you very much.
I thought the usage of Henderson in both of the last 2 games was mind-bogglingly awful. It was the equivalent of letting Harvey throw a 170-pitch complete game last year. But, y’know, Harvey’s famous and well-paid, and Henderson’s a nobody, so no one cares. Except that set-up relief could be a Mets achilles heel, and Henderson might have turned into the solution there, and now we’ve lost that possibility. It’s akin to giving Addison Reed or Antonio Bastardo permission to go skiing — blindfolded. Who would do that?
So, hooray for Terry showing urgency, but boo for the specific arm-shredding ways he went about it.
On the plus side, I was very happy that deGrom did not throw his next scheduled bullpen immediately after straining his lat. Collins said he was going to, and I began bracing myself for an aggravation and a two-month absence, but SOMEONE somewhere had a clue, and the session was skipped.
Who is the next in line for a promotion from Vegas (a Q for Sandy, not Terry)? Any thoughts out there? Reynolds is stinking out the joint of late, but was next in line. I wonder if TJ Rivera and his consistently hot bat earn him a shot? Cecchini would be a gutsy call, however Flores was the back up SS so it should be him or Reynolds, you’d think. Herrera is the most talented option but unlikely to see much time on the field with Walker. I’m guessing Reynolds since he also plays 3rd and 2nd base.