Moments after Terry Collins told the media he was not embarrassed by the team’s current starting lineup, the New York Mets manager penciled in John Mayberry Jr. as his cleanup hitter in the series opener against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. For the record: Mayberry Jr., who was signed last winter to bolster the team’s bench depth, went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts dropping his batting average to .165.
Andy Martino has been raked over the coals a lot by New York Mets fans. Sure, some of it was warranted; other times, not so much. Look, we’re fans, and fans are passionate about their team. Notice I didn’t use the terms fair or unbiased, just passionate.
But Martino deserves credit for his blog post on Wednesday, which he took direct aim at … himself.
Two weeks ago, the New York Mets arrived back in Queens in a world of hurt. They had lost six of seven on the road, including a series sweep against Atlanta. The Mets were 10 games under .500, 37-47, and free-falling into last place, 11 games behind in the National League Eastern division.
For better or worse, Michael Bourn fell off the New York Mets radar Monday when he agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with the Cleveland Indians.
New York Mets manager Terry Collins could have leaned on any number of reasons to remove Frank Francisco as the closer, the most obvious being the two blown saves last weekend against the Miami Marlins. Instead, Collins did what any manager who is trying to build confidence in his players would do: he gave his closer a vote of confidence.
Teams of equal or lesser talent than the 2012 New York Mets (a roster still undefined at the time of this post) have backed their way into the post-season. Usually, it’s a combination of one team getting hot and another going stone cold in September. In the case of Mets, a pair of non-roster moves may prove to be the most beneficial to the team’s success in 2012: revised Citi Field dimensions and another Wild Card slot.