After the Mets 5-2 loss to the division leading Washington Nationals, the Mets have now lost 11 of 12 and are on the outside looking in. But manager Terry Collins still feels confident that the team will turn it around on the upcoming road trip.
The previous thirteen games have been the toughest on the Terry Collins era, the club has seen it’s playoff aspirations go down the tubes. When asked if this was the toughest stretch of his managerial career, Collins said, “It is, but we’ll get through it we’re going to make a difference, you’re going to see a different team throughout the next two weeks, we’re going to go back and do the things that got us here we haven’t played well we’re not going to make excuses, we got to play better.”
After finishing the first half at 46-40, the Mets had destiny in their own hands. Facing the division leading Washington Nationals twice and the Wild Card contending Los Angeles Dodgers, and Atlanta Braves, the Mets squandered at the opportunity and won only one game in their first four series of the second half that featured three sweeps to the Braves, Dodgers, and now the Nationals.
“We’re going to play the game right.” Collins said when asked what the team needs to do in their upcoming series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
After facing two all-star pitchers (Gonzalez and Strasburg) the Mets will face another all star in Phoenix as rookie phenom Matt Harvey makes his major league debut against all star Wade Miley.
Over the previous stretch, the Mets pitching staff hasn’t played the game right at all, this time it’s not just the bullpen but the starters as well. The staff has surrendered a 6.14 ERA giving up 71 runs (68 earned runs).
” Different” is the thing the Mets need right now, the team hits the west coast for it’s next road trip.