After Tuesday’s night’s 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Terry Collins was steaming mad at the effort the Mets put forth and uttered what many of us were thinking when he said the following to reporters:
“Perception is reality. And when you sit on the outside and you watch a game like tonight, perception is, ‘they’ve packed it in.’ I won’t stand for it. I believe in accountability. I believe in how you play the game right.”
With each loss (with the Mets now dropping four in a row), the angst among Mets’ fans grows. It’s been another grueling season for Mets’ fans to endure.
After opening the season without much fanfare, the Mets abundantly overachieved and were a feel-good story for most of the first half. On July 5, the Mets were 45-38 and in the thick of the playoff hunt. Then the All-Star break came. From there, all hell broke loose.
The Mets dropped their first five games out of the break and they have never recovered since. Also compounding matters was the fact that the front office sat idly as the trade deadline went by without so much of a whimper from the Mets. The Mets are a dismal 11-27 since the break and right now have the same amount of losses (67) they had at this time last year.
That’s what angers so many Mets’ fans these days; the fact that they are in no better position than last year’s squad is disheartening to say the least. This was supposed to be a year of growth and maturation-a year for hope. However, the same old malaise and disinterest is seeping into the Mets’ locker room these days.
I’m not trying to pile on here, as I would consider myself an avid optimist and one of Collins’ biggest backers. This time, though, his words have to ring true, as he had similar sentiments last year but they went for naught as the Mets still fizzled at the end en route to a disappointing 77-85 season.
At this time the Mets will have a hard time even replicating last’s season’s record.
With what Collins had to say recently, this could be make or break time for the beleaguered skipper. His job could be on the line.
Of course there are other factors to consider when taking into account the Mets’ struggles, such as-but not limited to-the injuries to Dillon Gee and Johan Santana, the constant underachieving of Jason Bay and the never ending meltdowns in the bullpen. Regardless, Collins does indeed need to reign in the horses and get back this club, because ‘perception’ is he has lost the team.
Right now the Mets’ seem to be going through the motions and just not playing with much passion and crispness. Their body language looks disjointed and disheveled. There always seem to be a lack of focus and a disregard for fundamentals.
It’s pretty sad when the Mets can’t even earn a victory against a more downtrodden and buried team in the Colorado Rockies, who came into this series 46-73. While the Mets sent out R.A. Dickey, Chris Young and Matt Harvey to the mound this week, the Rockies trotted out the likes of such luminaries as Alex White, Jhoulys Chacin (making his first start in almost four months) and Jeff Francis . Hey, but at least we got Collin McHugh to possibly salvage the series today!
The last two months have been an awful time for being a Mets’ fan, a theme (running out of gas in July) which has plagued the franchise for the better part of a decade. These next six weeks should not build character, but reveal it.
Although it may be bittersweet, if the Mets can still end on a high note and finish ahead of both the Florida Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies, it will be a nice consolation prize considering all the hoopla that surrounded both of those teams going into the season.
The Mets need to man up and show a little pride. How the Mets finish the 2012 season could certainly affect how they begin the 2013 season.
So, Collins is right, perception is reality and the perception is the Mets have thrown in the towel. So, it’s up to Collins to regain control of the clubhouse and have this team play with passion or it will be just status quo in Mets’ land. That is something none of us should tolerate.
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