Terry Collins’ solid managing was rewarded this afternoon when National League All-Star manager Tony La Russa named Collins to his staff. It is a well-deserved honor for Collins, and also a testament of how others recognize the Mets are making positive strides.
Considering their pitching questions entering the season, including the physical status of Johan Santana, and a patchwork bullpen, and a list of injuries that encompassed David Wright, Jason Bay, Andres Torres, Ruben Tejada, and nagging slumps of Bay and Ike Davis, there’s a lot that’s happened to this team.
And considering what has gone on with this team, nobody could expect four games over .500. Have the Mets survived their slide? I don’t know, but Collins has them playing aggressive, alert baseball and instilled a confidence that insists they won’t be pushed around.
“I’ve known and respected him for years,” La Russa said. “But I think the job he’s done last year, with nobody had more adversity than that, and he kept the club competing. And he’s doing it again this year.
“I just think you need to recognize when somebody is handling a ballclub and day in and day out there’s no difference in how they compete. If the starters are hurt, they still keep competing, and he keeps getting contributions. I think it’s a well-deserved honor.”There will remain dry stretches and lulls, but Collins has the Mets playing with a sense of purpose that has the rest of the league watching.
Aside from Collins, two Mets figure to be named to La Russa’s team should they continue at their current paces. I would think Wright would get on with the fan vote and R.A. Dickey should be appointed to the staff.
Here’s tonight’s lineup behind Dickey:
Andres Torres, cf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Scott Hairston, rf
Jason Bay, lf
Vinny Rottino, dh
Ike Davis, 1b
Mike Nickeas, c
Omar Quintanilla, ss
R.A. Dickey, rhp