3) Still Makes Sound Decisions
Before the World Series Collins’s in game moves had paid off. In Game 5 of the NLDS, even with Jacob deGrom struggling in the start, Collins stuck with him and deGrom finished strong. Then Collins put Noah Syndergaard in relief and the rookie threw a shutout inning with two Ks. Finally, Collins put Familia in for a six out save and Familia responded by getting all six of his batters out for the save and send the Mets to the NLCS. His decision to put Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon in the bullpen also worked out for the most part.
In the regular season, Collins put Curtis Granderson in the lead-off spot. Grandy responded with one of his best all around season and was the Mets most consistent hitter. Collins has also done a good job, balancing his lineup and giving everyone decent playing time when his roster got deeper with the July acquisitions. Finally, he’s done a fairly decent job of maintaining the starters innings and not overly overworking them, skipping a few of their starts down the stretch.