Jun 5, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Is the Terry Collins Era close to over?

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Terry Collins has been the Mets manager for the previous four seasons and, boy, have those been some brutal years. The 2014 campaign has been much of the same: bad bullpen, poor situational hitting, and games filled with mental errors. Three things that can all be blamed on the manager of a professional baseball team.

Enter Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, who recently stated that his manager was here to stay. That usually means that he has been wrestling with the decision himself.

No one is blaming Collins for having a Major League roster that does not have much talent. That blame falls directly on Alderson and the Mets owners.

Coming into the year, Collins also had veteran relief pitchers whom were on their last legs such as Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde, both have since been released by the Mets. He also had to deal with the Ike Davis saga which finally came to an end when the Mets traded him to the Pirates in mid-April.

However, Collins is to blame for playing favorites in the bullpen and tiring guys out. A perfect example is Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia. Familia only made 7 appearances in the month of April for a total of 9 innings; however, the month of May was entirely different. Familia made 18 appearances totaling 18.2 inning pitched. Familia is a 24-year-old flame thrower who Collins would be wise to not overuse and rather pick and choose the spots for which Familia is needed.

The mismanagement of Collins can be overbearing at some points, and just downright confusing. In Zack Wheeler‘s last start against the Giants, Collins decided to take him out after 86 pitches in 3.2 innings. Wheeler did let up 4 runs but he also had 6 strikeouts so the move was unwarranted. The Mets would go on to lose the game and, once again, tire out the bullpen is doing so.

Many managers have had success with teams that do not have much talent, but they have gotten by with what they have. How? Making the right in-game decisions and letting players get comfortable in a particular spot in the lineup. This is something that Collins does not do well at all. The only main stay at one position in the batting order has been perennial All-Star David Wright, who has batted 3rd all season. Other than that, every game is anyone’s guess as to what the lineup might be.

Is it unfair for the Mets to fire Collins? In some ways, yes, because it is not entirely his fault for the Mets being where they are today. However, baseball is a game for professionals, and no one in upper management of any organization should worry about hurting someones feelings.

The Mets need someone to take accountability for how unwatchable they have become in recent years and firing Collins would be a step in the right direction. That would show the players and the fan base that losing is not acceptable, and if you can not get the job done, you will be replaced.

The Mets must operate like a winning franchise if that is what they intend to do in the near future.

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  • lovemymets

    When the bottom line is that a team doesn’t have the players to seriously be contenders, the fault lies with front office brass. Terry does make some moves that have fans shaking their heads, but for the most part he’s done a good job. To keep players motivated and not develop a losing attitude is a tough task for a manager, and he has managed to do that. The blame lies entirely at the feet of Sandy Alderson. This is HIS bullpen, HIS lineup. HE’s the one who overpaid for Chris Young. HE’s the one who gave Curtis Granderson too much money for too little in return (with the added year on his contract that no other team was willing to give him). HE’s the one who traded Angel Pagan for basically no one as Andres Torres ended up right back with the Giants and even if he didn’t, the Mets got the short end of the stick with that trade. Angel Pagan was one of the best players on the team Sandy is the one who’s GOT TO GO. His four-year honeymoon has BEEN up.

    • http://calltothepen.com/ Steve O.

      I’ll go out on a limb here and say Alderson needed approval from someone (Wilpons perhaps?) in order to do the Granderson deal. And more than a few Mets fans were excited about the Young singing. All I heard was “low risk, high reward”. Not for that money, especially when there were other needs the front office AND owners needed to address. Now that’s bearing its fruit.

      Blame Alderson all you want (he does share some of the blame), but the owners are complicit in this as well.

      • lovemymets

        You are 100% right, but since you can fire the owners, the next best is Sandy. I’ll never — in a million years — understand their cheapness, although to a certain degree, it’s also been a case of misspent money. The little they DO spend, they squander on either almost-over-the-hill players or some other team’s reject. I’ve been a fan for SO long and wish the fans could experience some good baseball from a solid team that has more strengths than glaring weaknesses. The almost-collisions that take place on an almost regular basis is inexcusable. More than that, is the amount of men left on base. No pitching prospect — as good as he may be — will have much confidence with no run support. I can only hope for brighter days. In the meantime, Sandy has to be accountable for this debacle of a team.