Decisions by Terry Collins last season may have cost the New York Mets wins. If they are to return to the playoffs, he’ll need to be better.
2015 was a magical year for the New York Mets. What started with a coalition of the Mets fan base putting up billboards in Queens and Florida, calling for the owner’s heads, ended with a National League Pennant.
Last year, however, reminded Mets’ fans of the cruel reality, that it’s a long grinding season. To repeat a performance is easier said than done.
Hats off to manager Terry Collins for the job he did in the 2016 season. He was forced to go into battle with an injury-riddled roster. Even so, he did a wonderful job leading the New York Mets back to the postseason. Ending a 15-year drought.
The problem is… it could have been better.
The injury list was long and extensive.
Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, David Wright, Neil Walker and Lucas Duda, all suffered season-ending injuries. Zack Wheeler had a setback in his rehabilitation, forcing him to end his big for a 2016 return from Tommy John Surgery. Minor injuries seemed to affect everyone on the team, as well. It seemed like a day would not pass before a vital member of the team would get banged up.
It seemed like a day would not pass before a vital member of the team would get banged up.
Sitting under .500, on August 19, the Mets went on one of those magical runs where they went an astounding 27-13 over the final stretch.
Somehow, someway, the Mets were able to overcome the inevitable disaster and reach the National Wild Card play-in game.
In a matchup of team Aces, the San Francisco Giants’ “Mr. October”, was able to quiet the Metropolitan’s bats, and move on in the tournament.
Collins really willed this team to play on even after key pieces of the roster went down to injury. He was aggressive, played the right matchups in the final month and a half of the season, and used Alderson’s abundance of resources in the minor leagues to perfection.
So why the criticism?
Watching this team each day, even less than keen eyesight could see him miss the obvious move, or playing the hot hand. Some of his tactics left the fan base dumbfounded and questions about him being the guy to lead this team to the promise land were constantly coming into question.
If the Mets are destined to be World Series Champions, then the Manager will need to hone in on where he falls short.
ESNY breaks down the areas in which Collins needs to get better: