As playoff hopes dwindle, Collins manages for his job
by Shane Miller
Jul 31, 2013 | 1543 views | 0 0 comments | 133 133 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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As the Mets playoff hopes for the 2013 season dwindle, how the team competes in the second half of the season will be the biggest determining factor in whether or not manager Terry Collins, whose contract expires at the end of the year, will get to keep his job.

If Collins can inspire a young team with no post-season chances to play hard, then he might just get a new contract. If the team totally tanks if over the next two months, general manager Sandy Alderson could be looking for a new skipper in the off-season.

So far, not bad, for Collins. The team is 6-6 since the All-Star Break, and aside from a couple of dismal games against the Washington Nationals, in which the offense looked anemic in a 4-1 loss on Saturday and a 14-1 drubbing on Sunday, the team has been competitive.

It didn’t help that the Mets squandered yet another brilliant start from Matt Harvey in the nightcap of a doubleheader with the nationals on Friday to start the weekend series, in D.C., scoring just one run of support as Harvey gave up just one run himself in eight innings.

In the ninth inning, reliever LaTroy Hawkins gave up the walk-off homerun to Ryan Zimmerman, a disappointing loss after beating the Nationals 11-0 earlier in the day.

The Mets rebounded Monday night, pulling out a gritty win against the Miami Marlins after falling behind on some costly errors. Struggling Ike Davis brought home the go-ahead run with a RBI double in the seventh inning.

The Mets continue their four-game series with Miami this week, before returning home for the weekend to host a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals in an inter-league matchup.
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