I know it's common to see Mets fans ripping Terry Collins, but I've never had a huge problem with him. Since he became the Mets manager, he has not been a great manager, but not terrible either.
But the last month or so I don't understand what this guy is doing and am starting to wonder if he should be replaced.
Some examples of his baffling decision-making:
(1) The Lagares decision. Sits him, and basically says he's in a slump. But he's the best outfielder the Mets have. Clearly defensively the best, but arguably offensively the best as well. But clearly the best outfielder at this point in the season.
(2) Tejada / Flores. They recall Flores, and Collins says Flores will get the bulk of the playing time. Yet then he insists on playing Tejada most of the time and saying he's swinging the bat or something like this. Flores gets sick a few days and then you just change plans on playing time for the newly-recalled 22 year old shortstop in a heartbeat?
(3) Bullpen management. Today's doubleheader is a perfect example. Everyone is worried about whether Meija's arm can withstand the rigors of the bullpen. And further more generally Collins is always falling in love with a couple relievers and using others only sparingly or not at all. So today? In both games of the doubleheader, Edgin, Familia, and Meija pitch. Where is Vic Black? You were able to recall him for one day under the MLB extra player rules for a doubleheader, so why not see if he looks on this one day? Instead we need to pitch three guys in both games even though we have Black up for only a single day? Again, why not get a look at him against a last place team like the Diamondbacks? And even if MLB rules didn't allow an extra player, shouldn't the Mets be mindful of the health of their relievers and most specifically Parnell? Collins is always burning out one or two guys and ignoring at least half of the bullpen.
Does Collins need to go? I am not one to call for the ax but I confess I am baffled by a lot of his moves and am losing confidence he is the right guy to lead the team. But if he is shown the door, who is the right selection as replacement? Backman as interim and then see how he does and you can either retain him or look at other candidates in the winter?