Manager Terry Collins Touches On All Things Mets

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – New York Mets manager Terry Collins addressed a myriad of issues surrounding his club two months away from spring training.

Among them:

* He has the mindset both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda will be on the roster in February, and he’ll “adjust’’ accordingly.

* Said one of the reasons why Davis hasn’t reached his potential is because he presses trying to hit home runs.

COLLINS: Optimistic.

COLLINS: Optimistic.

* He’s prepared to start the season with Ruben Tejada at shortstop. Collins said Tejada understood, “his career is at stake.’’

* Zack Wheeler should be able to throw 200-plus innings. Collins said he liked Wheeler’s composure and ability to throw strikes when asked if he’s ready to take a Matt Harvey step.

* He’s prepared to have Anthony Recker as the back-up catcher.

* Is not worried about strikeouts from Curtis Granderson and Chris Young because they offset the strikeouts with run production. Collins named Young as the player most poised to be a surprise this season. Collins indicated Granderson will hit fourth behind David Wright.

* Is pleased with Wilmer Flores attending fitness camp in Michigan. Said he’s added quickness and speed and did not rule out playing some shortstop.

* With Eric Young delegated to the bench, said there’s no clear-cut candidate to hit lead off. Named Daniel Murphy and Tejada as possibilities.

* Has not come up with an outfield rotation, but Juan Lagares will be in it.

* Said he’ll wait until what he sees in spring training before deciding if Bobby Parnell will be ready. Vic Black is the presumed closer if he is not.

Collins said pitchers and catchers will report to Port St. Lucie for spring training on Feb. 15.

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6 thoughts on “Manager Terry Collins Touches On All Things Mets

  1. If Flores could play shortstop, that would be a game changer for this team. I’m not sure I can see it happening much though. Wouldn’t that be amazing though, if he could?

  2. this team could suRprise a lot of people. great defense in the OF. starters might be pretty good. Mejia and familia could be keyS. Not too long ago they were Syndergard and Montero. If they can bounce back that will be huge.

    • Scooter: You never know what teams could surprise in December. But, pitching and defense are the primary keys. Should their young starters develop, they probably have enough offense to be an interesting team. Hey, you never know.-JD

    • Great defense in the OF ( as if the past year wasn’t good) and worse hitting – no Byrd – equals uninspiring baseball

  3. It is good to see that it is not even Christmas and we are already out with the rose colored glasses for the coming year.

    Terry is only being practical as he knows his boss is done , ahem, ‘improving’ the team with a pair of no hit high strikeout players who will give us a modicum of power to wake us from our slumber as we watch inning after inning of empty bases and 3 and out innings.