Terry Collins is pissed off. He said so himself after Tuesday night’s latest demoralizing loss. Let’s hope he’s angry at the right person. That would be Sandy Alderson.
“I’m pissed off. I’m extremely pissed off,” Collins said. “We’ve been in two games. You know, we were in two games at home we should have won. They’re playing as hard as they can. We’re not hitting. The pitchers are living on the edge constantly.”
Terry Collins really can’t blame the players for their own shortcomings, and he doesn’t seem to be. He can, however, blame the man who built this poor excuse for a ballclub.
Alderson went into the season with just two sure things in his lineup — David Wright and Daniel Murphy. He had to be wary of another slow start by Ike Davis, and we got one. Ruben Tejada is nothing more than a singles hitter. No one in the outfield was a proven hitter. And John Buck hit less than .200 last season.
The starting rotation had no margin for error, and that was with Johan Santana in the mix. And the rebuilt bullpen was just a mystery.
This is the team with which Sandy Alderson decided to start the season.
Things got off to a good start, in huge part because of Matt Harvey and Buck. Buck was hitting far over his head and when he crashed to earth, as expected, the offense crashed with him. Fortunately Harvey is still on fire or else the team would be in even worse shape. Yes, that’s possible.
So here’s what’s going to happen. The Mets will continue to falter, and when the season is over — perhaps even before the season is over — Alderson will fire Terry Collins. Someone will have to pay for another losing season, and it certainly won’t be Alderson, the man who is truly responsible for this mess. It’ll be fun to see how pissed off Terry Collins will be when that happens.