Mets’ Collins Fed Up, Holds Closed-Door Meeting After Loss

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — It took 11 games for fiery new manager Terry Collins to get fed up with the way his Mets are playing.

Collins, who made a costly decision to pitch to Troy Tulowitzki in a key situation Wednesday night, held a closed-door meeting after a 5-4 loss to the Rockies and made it clear what he expects going forward.

“It’s time to start making pitches. It’s time to start getting the big two-out hit,” said Collins, who thought his team got deflated after Tulowitzki’s clutch home run. “Now is the time.

“We’ve been in every game and we’ve got to start winning ’em,” he added. “We’re one pitch away and we’re one swing away from being 9-2, and we’re not. But the next 11 we need to be 9-2. We need to get it going and do the things we haven’t done so far.”

Tulowitzki sliced a go-ahead homer through the thick fog and the Rockies, off to the best start in club history, earned their fourth consecutive victory — all on the road.

“It’s a group thing, and I’ll take the responsibility,” Collins said. “Maybe I’m not getting them ready good enough. Maybe we need to do a better job in our meetings, our pregame meetings when we talk about what we’ve got to do. I’ll take that.”

LISTEN: A frustrated Terry Collins speaks after the Mets’ latest loss

Ryan Spilborghs also connected and Esmil Rogers (2-0) won his second straight outing to begin the season. The NL West leaders improved to 8-2, with the only losses coming in extra innings.

The Rockies, who opened 7-3 in 1995 and ’97, are 5-1 away from Coors Field after going 31-50 on the road last year.

“Terry’s had our backs,” said third baseman David Wright. “He’s got his finger on the pulse. I don’t think it’s a lack of effort or a lack of preparation. It’s more that we’ve had some great plays on us. We’ve had some very good players get some clutch hits against us. But the energy is there, the preparation is there. We have to stay away from getting deflated.”

Tulowitzki foiled the Mets with his bat and glove in the series opener, then burned them again Wednesday when they pitched to him with first base open. He hit a three-run shot off Jonathon Niese (0-2) in the fifth inning to give Colorado a 4-3 lead.

The slugger also doubled and singled, meaning eight of his 11 hits this season have gone for extra bases. He is 5 for 8 in the series with six RBIs.

“Big stage, you know?” Tulowitzki said. “They were all over me by my third at-bat. That’s fun. And you know, I think also here, there a lot of people here, obviously you want to play well here for the All-Star votes. Things like that, the fans remember that. They’re good baseball people.”

Carlos Beltran and Daniel Murphy each had an RBI double for the Mets (4-7), who have dropped six of seven following a three-game winning streak.

“I think we’re close,” Wright said. “We’ve got to start playing better at home and winning these close ones.”

They get another chance real soon.

Colorado and New York will play three games in a 24-hour span — a rainout Tuesday night forced Thursday’s traditional doubleheader, which begins at 12:10 p.m.

The weather was only slightly better Wednesday, when players could see their own breath on a gloomy, misty, 49-degree night that felt more like Victorian London than New York City.

After throwing 7 1-3 strong innings to win 7-1 at Pittsburgh last Thursday, Rogers lasted 5 2-3 innings this time. He gave up three runs and seven hits before four relievers finished up.

Huston Street tossed a perfect ninth for his sixth save in six chances.

Carlos Gonzalez made a diving catch in left field to save a run in the first for the Rockies.

Seth Smith drew a one-out walk in the fifth, Jonathan Herrera singled and Gonzalez’s slow groundout left runners at second and third. With first base open the Mets had a chance to walk Tulowitzki and instead face Jose Lopez with the bases loaded, but Collins chose not to.

“At that particular point in the game it’s pretty easy to start walking guys, setting up big innings,” he said.

Tulowitzki reached for an 0-1 pitch that appeared to be outside and punched a slicing shot into the right-field corner. His fifth home run of the season, and second in the past two games at spacious Citi Field, put Colorado ahead 4-3.

“He put a good swing on it on a pretty good pitch, I thought,” said Niese, adding that he wanted to go after Tulowitzki. “It was off the plate. Just one of those pitches where you’ve just got to tip your cap and move on.”

The All-Star shortstop hit a two-run shot with first base open in the eighth inning Monday night, giving the Rockies a three-run cushion in a 7-6 victory. He also made an outstanding defensive play to preserve a seventh-inning tie in that game.

Spilborghs added a solo shot off Niese in the sixth, his first of the season. New York cut it to 5-4 on Angel Pagan’s sacrifice fly in the seventh.

The Mets intentionally walked Tulowitzki with first base open in the ninth and got out of the inning unscathed.

Tulowitzki doubled in the fourth and scored on Todd Helton’s single.

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One Comment

  1. Tony says:

    I say sell the team to the Steinbrenner’s. They would know enough to send ALL of these amateurs back to the minors where they ALL belong,…including Wright and Reyes,…YEAH THAT’S RIGHT, I SAID IT!! Then they could have Cashman (who knows what he’s doing) bring up pro-level players so we can have some real rivalry and competitiveness in this great city! Instead of having one team in a league of their own and the other on par with the little league!! Met fans aren’t those who are for underdogs,…they’re more for wannabe’s!

  2. Lou says:

    JoeyMaz I agree this team needs to be blown up and start from scratch but dont make this a race thing. Their are plenty of non dominicans that contributed to this awfulness the past several years. Lets not categorize all the hispanics as domincans and dont turn a blind eye to the non hispanic players(john maine, pelfrey, jason bay, etc) who have failed to produce as well. its a collective failure of all the players and coaches starting with the terrible ownership! race has nothing to do with it.

  3. Kevin says:

    you cannot win with a team and ownership like this
    they will be lucky to win 60 games this year
    and I’m a Met fan

  4. JoeyMaz says:

    They need to continue blowing up the rest of this core. Let Reyes go, same with Beltran useless. Start fresh with good, young players that are hungry and you can train. Minaya’s Dominican Railroad was a one-way trip down to loser-ville and the Wilpons road along like idiots.

  5. John says:

    Maybe the other teams have better players. That about sums it up.

  6. Brian Alan says:

    Mets don’t have any heady players. Take easy way out. Live on disabled list no gamers.

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