The New York Mets are in the midst of a rough road trip, and manager Terry Collins felt the need to vent his frustrations after the Mets dropped their sixth game in a row on Tuesday with a 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
"You’ve got to get them to refocus. You’ve got to get them to understand that this is one pitch by one pitch. You can’t worry about what just happened," Collins voiced. "You have to worry about what’s going to happen next. You can’t take your bat to the field. And you can’t take your error to home plate and think you can make a difference. You’ve got to just go play the game the right way. … All I know is we’re not executing s—."
The Mets have fallen to 2.5 games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East divisional race and have dropped to .500 (36-36) for the first time since April.
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Collins is planning on holding a team meeting on Wednesday, but says he’ll be hard-pressed to find a target to yell at.
"We’re going to have a little get-together tomorrow, but who do you want me to yell at — the nine rookies? Huh? The veterans that play as hard as any veteran in this league, that play the game the right way? There’s nobody to yell at," Collins said. "It’s about going out there and getting the job done. They’re major league players. Have some confidence. If there was a lack of hustle, lack of preparation, then there’s something to yell about. But that’s not out there. We’re just not executing the way we should be. We should be able to at this level."
The Mets’ starting pitching has been holding its weight throughout the season, but run support has been sparse, which has often prevented the team from winning close games like Tuesday’s 3-2 loss.
"It’s becoming a common theme right now," Collins said. "Our starting pitching is keeping us in games, giving us chances, and we can’t mount an attack. So, it gets a little frustrating for everybody, including the pitchers. But the one thing we’ve got going for us is we’re in games. So, if we ever break out and start getting some hits, we’ll win some games."
As for the Mets’ futility at the plate, Collins says his players are thinking too big and need to focus on manufacturing runs instead of relying on the long ball.
"This team is pretty much built on some power," Collins noted. "We’ve got to get out of our heads the home run right now. We’ve got to get contact inside and start applying that a little bit more — using the field to hit. A lot of our fly balls are routine fly balls. We’re not driving anything. We’re not using the field. We’re getting ourselves out."