Terry Collins is a smart baseball man.
He should win Manager of the Year in the National League.
I'm selected a random game from the middle of July - a 7-2 loss to the Nationals on July 20th.
Take a look at the lineup Terry was dealing with.
Look at the averages!
I mean, seriously. The highest batting average in that lineup was .267. That's just awful. The pitcher drove in both runs!
This is what Terry had on his hands for a large part of the season - the 'big bat off the bench' tended to be someone like Kirk Niewenhuis or Johnny Monell. Oof.
But, Terry got it done. He kept the team within spitting distance.
And now, they've capitalized on that ability to stick around.
After the Mets beat the Rockies for the fourth straight game - they clobbered them 12-3 yesterday afternoon to complete the sweep behind the strength of three home runs and a strong-enough performance by Noah Syndergaard, the Mets have a 4.5 game lead in the National League East. That's some breathing room, folks.
It's August 14, and the Mets have a 4.5 game lead in the National League East.
So, Terry, here's to you.
You should win that award come the end of the season, if things stay as they are.