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.
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.
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.