First off this is not a blog calling for the Mets to fire Terry Collins, just a look to see if Terry is the right manager to take the Mets to the next level. Terry is now in his 5th year as Mets manager and arguably has his best set of talent around him. Lets first start at looking at Terry’s career as a manager. He is 66 years old and has managed Houston, Anahaeim and currently the Mets. He has a career mark of 760-781 which is a .493 winning percentage. He has never lead any team to the playoffs with his best finish being 2nd which he did multiple times with each franchise (Mets currently once 2014). In his four years as the Mets manager he won 77, 74, 74, 79 and is currently 16-10 in 2015.
After the Jerry Manual experience in which I still vote as the worst ever manager of the Mets, Terry has been a constant face for the managerial spot. He has been a toned down version of himself, with the latter style of managing getting him run out of Houston and especially Anaheim where players revolted. But is he able at 66 to do something he has never done in all his years as a MLB manager, lead the Mets back to the promise land?
Over his four years Mets fans have questioned his decisions many times. However if you asked any other fans around baseball if they questioned their manager, they would say yes. I find myself wondering sometimes what he does. In my opinion he handles the bullpen poorly and is always switching up his righty’s, lefties, etc. even when I pitcher is dealing. In 2015 his lineups just do not make much sense. Take away the 11 game streak and the Mets are 3-7 in their last 10 games. The offense has been just as bad as the Flores/Murphy middle infield, but yet nothing has been done to shake it up. All spring we saw a line-up we all loved, Lagares, Granderson, Wright, Duda, Cuddyer, Murphy, Travis, Flores, Pitcher. Then opening day that all changed. To be fair to Terry we will never know if this came from Sandy, or he went off the reservation on the line-up. Now injuries have taken its toll with Wright and Travis out, but guys are still hitting out of place. Curtis has been good at the leadoff spot, but it has changed what he needs to be doing, especially with Wright out. Duda thrived as the cleanup hitter in 2014, but now batting third. The final straw right now to me is that Lagares has not gotten his shot to leadoff, not when Curtis is out of line-up, not at all. Having John Mayberry leadoff a game is mind boggling. I don’t care if he crushes LHP, he adds no spark and has not hit this year. Now you have Dilson here in the majors and bury him in 7th and 8th slot. All year in AAA Dilson leadoff and his game is geared for that right now. Give him a shot to add a missing spark to this team.
Overall Terry has done a nice job, but in 2015 he is managing scare. He is on a one year deal and seems worried to step outside the box. So as the blog states, is “Terry the right manager for the Mets” to win? My vote would be no. Am I calling for TC to be fired, no, but something needs to change for the Mets to move forward in 2015 and become a long term successful winning franchise going forward with this young talent.