Despite my speculation, Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday that he is not firing Terry Collins. Then again, a vote of confidence from a serial liar like Alderson means nothing.
“He’s not going anywhere,” Alderson told reporters after watching early hitting practice at Citi Field. No word if Alderson vomited after having to watch the Mets hit.
The Mets are riding a six-game losing streak heading into a series with the Brewers, owners of the second best record in the National League. To make matters worse, the series is at home, where the Mets sport a 13-17 record, among the worst home records in baseball.
Even though the Mets have played a terrible brand of baseball over that stretch, Alderson appears to be thrilled with the team he has built and the manager he continues to stick by.
“We are in every game on that trip,” Alderson told the New York Post. “We made base-running mistakes. That is something that happens with young players on occasion. Our bullpen is extraordinarily young. But I felt this team came to play every game and that is Terry’s job, getting the team to come to play.”
“Coming to play” and “coming to win” are two very different things. Terry Collins has not prepared this team to win, although much of that is hardly his fault. Losers just cannot win, and Sandy Alderson has saddled Collins with a bunch of losers.