Well no it didn’t because the Mets still lost…..but yes it kind of did work.
Terry Collins went on a rant on Thursday after the Mets lost 9-0 and were swept by the Diamondbacks. The team had a meeting under closed doors for over a half hour. Now comes the question, did all of this work? Did this tough love payoff? Did it cause the Mets to shape up and start acting like defending NL East Champs?
Well, not entirely, but kind of?
Naturally, the Mets lost their first game after this rant happened. Logan Verrett gave up a grand slam in the top of the first. Four runs weren’t enough so he then proceeded to give up another home run during the same inning because why not. ESPN’s Adam Rubin actually made the following joke on Twitter that’s quite applicable to all this:
Did you nervously chuckle from that as well? It shouldn’t be funny, but at this point, it is.
Of course from all this it seems as though the rant and team meeting did not work, and in fact served the Mets negatively. This, however, is not the entire case.
The Mets did almost come back. They did this cute little thing where they gave Mets fans hope for a bit, and then proceeded to stomp on their hearts (because what else is new). But, you have to give credit, the Mets did score six runs in Friday night’s game – the most runs they’ve scored since they scored seven runs in August 2nd’s win against the Yankees.
Travis d’Arnaud, who has not done much in quite some time, hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second. In the bottom of the 5th, Jay Bruce then hit an RBI single. In the next inning, Matt Reynolds hit an RBI double. Ty Kelly then proceeded to hit an RBI single. Six runs and the Mets actually scored with runners in scoring position. This is improvement from recent games.
To put it simply, the Mets actually put up a fight.
Is all fine and dandy with the Mets? Of course not. They have fallen under .500 and have a fight in front of them if they want a spot in the playoffs. But maybe this rant wasn’t for nothing – maybe it’s sparked something.
In his postgame conference, instead of ranting this time, Collins did acknowledge this change by saying “You saw a lot more energy tonight. You saw a lot more passion.” Well, let’s hope this energy and passion gets better, and starts winning the Mets games.