NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mets manager Terry Collins is expected to be retained for the 2015 season, according to CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman.
A collapse of any kind over the final 42 games of the season, however, could derail that plan, Heyman reported.
The veteran skipper was hired as manager in November of 2010. He signed a two-year extension with the club last year, which includes a team option for 2016.
Collins went 77-85 in 2011, and posted identical 74-88 records in 2012 and 2013.
The Mets are expected to improve upon last year’s win total — they’re 57-63 — but will most likely finish with a losing record for the sixth consecutive season and miss the playoffs for the eighth straight year.
Heyman reported that it’s unclear whether Collins will be extended beyond 2015.
The Amazin’s will be expected to contend next season, though it remains to be seen if the Wilpons will spend money to improve the team in the offseason.
Barring any trades or potential injuries, the starting rotation will feature a star-studded cast of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and one of either Jon Niese, Dillon Gee or Bartolo Colon.
The bullpen looks promising with Jenrry Mejía, Jeurys Familia and Vic Black, and former closer Bobby Parnell will return from Tommy John surgery.
The offense remains the team’s weakness. David Wright — the face of the franchise and a perennial All-Star — is having a down year, but Daniel Murphy has emerged as one of the top hitters in the league and Curtis Granderson provides power. Lucas Duda, Juan Lagares and Travis d’Arnaud have all had encouraging years, though holes remain at shortstop and in left field.
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