NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A major change isn’t imminent.
According to CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Mets’ brass doesn’t plan on firing manager Terry Collins in the coming days.
New York, which started the season 13-3, is now 40-40 and 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Nationals in the National League East.
The Amazin’s are coming off an embarrassing series against the Cubs at Citi Field, in which they were swept in three games and scored just one run in the process.
General manager Sandy Alderson is accompanying the club on its six-game road trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco, but Heyman reports that he didn’t join the team to fire Collins.
Heyman also reports that even if the Mets struggle in California, Collins will still be safe for the immediate future.
Mets officials, according to Heyman, don’t blame Collins for New York’s failure to score consistently. Starting catcher Travis d’Arnaud has missed much of the season, starting third baseman David Wright has missed all but eight games and starting second baseman-turned-third-baseman Daniel Murphy just recently came off the disabled list.
Michael Cuddyer, the starting left fielder who was Alderson’s biggest free-agent acquisition this offseason, is banged up but hoping to avoid the DL.
The front office believes that the veteran skipper is trying, Heyman notes, and officials appreciate his effort as the season continues to take a turn for the worse.
But despite Collins’ efforts, the Mets just can’t put runs on the board. They rank 26th in the majors in runs and have now scored two runs or fewer in 10 of their last 12 games.
Following the Mets’ loss on Thursday afternoon, Collins implored his players to relax and stay loose despite mounting pressure and added adversity.