Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com shares his take on Terry Collins and what he feels is an unrealistic expectation by Mets brass that the Mets are a 90 win team. Rosenthal says Collins was handed a roster laden with holes by Sandy Alderson and that he has put unfair pressure on his manager to get the job done.
Collins agreed to a two-year extension at the end of last season, seemingly deferring talk on his job status.
Then in late February, John Harper of the New York Daily News reported that GM Sandy Alderson told Mets executives and baseball personnel that the team can and maybe even should win 90 games.
“We better win 90,” owner Fred Wilpon added, according to Harper.
The Mets will not win 90 games. When they do not, the last person to blame will be Collins.
Alderson made brilliant trades to land right-handers Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard and catcher Travis d’Arnaud, but after more than three years on the job his roster still includes numerous holes.
Wilpon, meanwhile, again will field a payroll below $90 million while claiming that the team no longer faces financial problems.
Shame on both of them if this comes back to Collins.
Collins has his work cut out for him this season, this much is clear. After five straight losing seasons, three of them on Collins’ and Alderson’s watch, it’s time to start winning again.
Alderson believes that he’s constructed a team that will win 90 games this year and he has challenged Collins to get the job done. It should make for an interesting story line as the season evolves. Buckle yourselves in and enjoy the ride.
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