Apr 16, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It's time for the Mets to move on from Terry Collins

Terry Collins isn’t to blame for a flawed roster, but he is to blame for often not having a clue as to how to manage.

It’s not possible to quantify the exact impact a manager has on wins and losses over the course of a given season, but when you have a manager like Collins – whose tactical decisions in-game are puzzling on a far too regular basis – that’s enough to merit a managerial change.

This isn’t a new phenomenon with Collins. He’s always been a poor tactician. However, his moves have seemingly gotten more baffling as of late.

With the Mets set to soon promote top prospects Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard, and the club in a downward spiral, the time to move on from Collins is now.

The Mets have lost eight or their last nine games, including five by one run. Instead of saying Collins has cost the Mets three wins during that span, one can simply say that his managerial decisions in three of the last eight losses have been detrimental to the club.

In Colorado, Collins left Jenrry Mejia in when it was clear the young right-hander had lost it. Mejia allowed eight runs in the fifth inning, and the Mets ultimately lost. After the game, Collins said that he should’ve taken Mejia out but didn’t.

In Miami, Collins called on an injured Daisuke Matsuzaka to protect a three-run eighth inning lead. When Matsuzaka walked the first two hitters he faced in front of Giancarlo Stanton, Collins left him in. With Matsuzaka continuing to struggle and Scott Rice ready in the bullpen, Collins stuck with him. He ultimately allowed the tying run, and the Mets lost in extra innings.

Of all the poor tactical decisions Collins has made lately, the moves he made on Saturday night at Citi Field were the most glaring.

With the game tied in the eighth inning, the Mets got the first two runners on against Phillies reliever Mike Adams, who was having trouble finding the strike zone.

Chris Young came to the plate with runners on first and second, and Collins asked him to bunt. Generally, giving up outs is a poor idea. In this case, with Eric Campbell (set for his second ever major league at-bat) behind Young, bunting made absolutely no sense. Even when the count got to 3-0, Collins kept the bunt on.

After Young got the bunt down, Campbell struck out looking on a fastball that pierced the heart of the plate.

With two outs, Travis d’Arnaud prepared to come to the plate, but was called back by Collins for pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu.

If there was a time to use Abreu, it was with Campbell up. Instead, Collins replaced d’Arnaud – who was seen in the dugout visibly angry by the decision.

Abreu tapped out, Kyle Farnsworth melted down in the ninth, and the Mets lost.

To reiterate – Terry Collins is not to blame for the Mets’ offensive shortcomings.

However, Collins is to blame for failing to put his players in a position to succeed on a semi-regular basis. He is to blame for being a poor tactician, and for having no idea how to properly manage a bullpen.

Every team has flaws. If managers of every flawed team were given free passes for making poor decisions, there would never be managerial changes. Fortunately, that isn’t the case.

To replace Collins, a progressive manager should be brought in. Someone who is a fan of advanced statistics and common sense.

This isn’t an anti-Terry Collins thing. It’s a pro-logic thing.

It’s time for the Mets to make a change at manager.



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  • Ken Meoni

    It would be nice to bring in Backman. He knows the players that will be coming up or are up already. The problem is SA wants a yes man that follows orders. I don’t know if Backman is that man. I do think that Backman knows more than the guy who wants a yes man. I say get rid of SA and Collins, it’s the only way to change things.

  • Not4Nutten

    My problem with Terry is that he does NOT encourage his young players, he discourages them and then slams them in the press and blames them for his failures, it’s amazing he will replace Bobby Abreu in the late innings for defense, sounds good doesn’t it, but he will leave Omar Quitinella in there, who just happaens to be the worst fielding shortstop (2013) in all of Baseball! Time for both Sandy and Terry to leave, Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre all told the GM and Owner to get off their back, something they picked up along the way from Billy Martin, Go Figure!!! Happy Mothers Day, all you Metsies!!!

  • http://www.vitamincm.com VitaminCM

    It is time to move on from Terry Collins. It’s 2010 today right? Seriously, TC, Hudgens, and the entire offensive approach need to be scrapped. They can’t fire every hitter and replace them with actual professionals, but they can try a different approach when the current one has failed for years.

  • Rivegauche610

    The problem is two levels higher. The Wilpons don’t know much about baseball and evidently don’t care about baseball. Alderson is their stooge. He plays with the money they let him play with. To them, the team is something with which to make money, starting with fleecing the fans and offering a sub-par product, and not giving the GM, if he has any baseball sense, enough money to raise the level of the team offensively. Pitchers they got. Hitters they don’t. And senior management doesn’t care. TC’s professional shortcomings only exacerbate an existing problem.

    On another topic, has anyone noticed that all of David Wright’s at-bats look the same? Pitchers almost seem to throw the same combinations of pitches and he always swings at – and misses – the third pitch, which is a little low and away; it is his Achilles heel. He is a creature of habit (watch him before he steps into the batter’s box: identical motions and gestures with fail every time), and his at bats are becoming habitual except when a pitcher makes a mistake and he hits the ball well. I don’t quite know what make of it.

    • Rivegauche610

      Should read “without fail every time” not “with fail”. Damn auto correct.