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Mets Clinch Best Record of Terry Collins Era

By Will DeBoer

With a rocket shot off Lucas Duda’s bat in last night’s victory, the Mets officially made 2014 their best in four years under Terry Collins. After posting a 77-85 mark in Collins’ 2011 team debut, New York spent his next two seasons stuck at 74-88. Now, with win number 78 coming in Game 161, the Mets will show at least a one-game improvement, maybe two-game with a win this afternoon, from the beginning of the Collins era.

Sep 11, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) gets tossed from the game while arguing with umpire John Tumpane (74) against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

It may not seem like much, but it’s not nothing.

Recall how this season was supposed to be a write-off. Matt Harvey was a non-factor. Dillon Gee was the Opening Day starter, and Bartolo Colon a placeholder. The team had a choice between two slugging but flawed first basemen. The Opening Day closer (Bobby Parnell) blew out his arm on Opening Day. When Next Year was delayed one more summer, the entire 2014 campaign became an uphill battle.

Ultimately, it was a battle that saw the Mets actually gain some hill. The workhorse Colon performed admirably and made us smile from the sheer breeze of his swings. Lucas Duda won the first base battle and has one more chance at 30 home runs. Jenrry Mejia came to the bullpen and brought some talented friends. Jacob deGrom played the role of Noah Syndergaard and made it his own.

Sep 6, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) prior to the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Most importantly, the team never quit on Terry Collins. It has never quit on Collins throughout his four seasons in charge, now the longest of any of his major-league stints. Aided by the lessons from his testy Anaheim exit, Terry found a way to make what was supposed to be a forgettable season into one which produced positive after positive. A season which could see the Mets finish second in the NL East (again, not nothing) and, barring an offensive outburst from the Astros this afternoon, a positive run differential.

For keeping the Mets playing hard in the face of adversity, it is right that Terry Collins will get to manage his team in its’ Next Year, 2015. Now, by no means does he get a free pass. None of the Mets do anymore. If we’re headed more towards 78 wins than 88 wins by Memorial Day, Sandy Alderson will have to make a change. But he’d be hard-pressed to find a manager who his players love playing for as much as Terry Collins.