Don’t Give Credit For Mets’ Power Surge To Collins’ Rant

Let’s not go overboard giving Mets manager Terry Collins’ post-game outburst Wednesday credit for tonight’s power surge. We all expected the Mets would eventually hit. The Mets entered the game with only two homers, but clubbed four in beating the Cleveland Indians, 6-5, Friday night. They also had a season-high 14 hits.

CONFORTO: Homer gets it going for Mets. (AP)

CONFORTO: Homer gets it going for Mets. (AP)

Collins went off after the Mets’ victory over Miami, going after the supposed critics of his team’s effort, but I can’t recall anybody who criticized their effort. What has come under fire was their lack of hitting, but we all figured Curtis Granderson, Yoenis Cespedes, Travis d’Arnaud and Lucas Duda would eventually hit.

It’s an oversimplification to think Collins’ rant is baseball’s version of “win one for the Gipper,’’ because most everybody liked this lineup entering the season.

Michael Conforto, Cespedes, Neil Walker and Alejandro De Aza all homered.

Collins said Wednesday’s game was something “we had to have,’’ which two days later is still odd considering it was just the eighth of the season.

Collins took liberties with Jim Henderson, who, coming off surgery, threw 34 pitches the night before. He also pushed it with Jeurys Familia, who despite being ill, pitched for a third straight game to get a five-out save. He also played David Wright in a day game after a night game, something he said before the season he didn’t want to do.

All smacked of panic. Regardless of GM Sandy Alderson backing Collins, the outcome of the season’s eighth game is not essential.

However, give Collins kudos for moving Conforto up to No. 3 in the order. All too often Collins makes a move that works, only to reverse the next game. Here’s hoping Collins stays with Conforto hitting third and playing De Aza, who homered and doubled.

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4 thoughts on “Don’t Give Credit For Mets’ Power Surge To Collins’ Rant

  1. Simple enough John…Move Conforto to the #3 hole…Cespedes to clean up…results will follow…

  2. I don’t think Wright playing was part of the same reactionary move that using Henderson/Familia might have been.

    He did say a few days prior that Wright wouldn’t automatically sit every day game after night game – particularly since they did have a bunch of off days. And if they were planning to sit him, they probably would have rested him the Tuesday night game – and played him the Wednesday day game against the LHP.

    Who are you sitting tomorrow if you want deAza in there but Wright to DH? Granderson? (He’s off to a rough start)

  3. Conforto needs to play everyday! I’d move Wright to the number 5 hole with Cabrera hitting behind him. I’d spell Granderson with DeAza and do the same with Flores for Duda at first base on occasion. The problem is that we don’t have a true leadoff hitter when Granderson is struggling and not getting on base and as a team we simply strike out far too often.

    • Phil: Conforto needs to play all the time, and No. 3 is the place to put him. If you are going to drop to No. 5, then who will you have batting second?-JD