I was asked over the weekend, “Should the Mets fire Terry Collins?” My answer, “Yes.” My reason is not what most people might say. Collins is guilty of one solitary cardinal sin, in my eyes. He insisted on playing Ruben Tejada over Wilmer Flores. “But Flores wasn’t hitting!” Yes, as a pinch hitter/spot starter, he was hitting .225 which isn’t great. Tejada was hitting that with full time at bats… whoopee!
Flores was demoted at the end of June and has taken the opportunity in AAA to make his MLB manager look foolish. In his last 10 games alone, he has:
- 12 Runs
- 18 Hits
- 4 Doubles
- 6 Home Runs
- 18 RBI
All six of those home runs have come in the last 5 games (4 of which at Albuquerque). The long and short of why Collins is foolish right now is that he was fighting to save his job by not doing the only thing he could have to save his job. Collins needed to get the young Mets to perform for him and prove to Sandy Alderson that he could handle the young players coming up to help the offense.
As things stand, with Flores crushing the ball in AAA, it looks like Wally Backman is going to have a mighty fine case for the manager job when Collins is fired later this year. Likewise, Flores has a pretty good shot at getting his chance to see full-time at bats at the major league level.
Matt Reynolds levels off – He came into AAA on fire, but his numbers are beginning to return to normal. With that said, he’s still doing well, .314/.368/.429 in the last 10 games is not too shabby.
Matt Den Dekker wants another crack at it – He didn’t perform in the majors but he’s another player who is performing in AAA and waiting for his chance to return a rising .836 OPS is going to help with that.
That’s more like it, Noah Syndergaard – 7.0 IP, 6 Hits, 1 ER, 0 BB and 8 K’s. That is an Ace-lie performance!
Darin Gorski making me believe – The good outings in AAA are outnumbering the bad. His latest: 6.0 IP, 6 Hits, 2 ER, 1 BB and 7 K’s!
T.J. Rivera staying strong after an overdue promotion – Rivera’s stats in Port St. Lucie were great but he’s also been in Port St. Lucie forever. Hitting .345/.429/.448 since his promotion should make him feel very good about himself.
Dilson Herrera is looking good – He’s hitting .329/.362/.486 in AA but he needs to strike out less and walk more.
Why is Jack Leathersich still in AA? – In 36 IP he has a 2.75 ERA, 64 K’s and only 17 BB’s. I don’t understand why he isn’t in Las Vegas… or Flushing.
Steven Matz is gonna be big! – His latest start in AA: 7 IP, 4 Hits, 2 Runs, 0 ER, 1 BB and 7 K’s. He is looking like another top of the rotation starter!
L.J. Mazzilli is on a short list of offensive success stories – He might not be touted as reaching the success of his father, but since the promotions went through the system, he’s the only player in Port St. Lucie who is hitting.
Cory Mazzoni is on his way back to health – Rehab start went well: 5 IP, 6 Hits, 2 ER, 1 BB and 6 K’s.
Dominic Smith showing power… doubles power – I would love to see a homer, but 6 doubles in 10 games is a step in the right direction.
Champ Stuart making some noise – Over the last 10 games he’s hitting .429/.535/.629. Stuart is a speedster who hadn’t played a ton of baseball before being drafted.
Akeel Morris recovers from his blown save – Two more outings since his second ER game of the season and 2.1 perfect innings. Also 5 more K’s to add to his insanely good numbers.
Jhoan Urena looks like he could be a “Special” prospect – .338/.407/.506 on the year with 7 doubles, 2 home runs and 3 stolen bases. That and he looks very good at 3rd base.
Robert Whalen rehabbing? – I assume that was why he made a GCL appearance.
John Mora off and running – Don’t make much of 11 games but it’s impressive to have 6 stolen bases in that time.