The Mets are currently a mess. It's been dubbed "Panic City" by beat reporters, bloggers and fans alike. This Mets team was supposed to be different, yet it appears to be the same old same old. The old Flushing faithful saying of "wait till next year" was supposed to be a thing of the past, but a floundering offense has revived the phrase.
Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz are all in the big leagues and form one of the league's most dominating staffs; but they have yet to take advantage of it. The Mets front office consistently told the fans to wait for their pitching prospects to arrive, but here they are, and yet there's very little confidence that they're a real contender.
The team sits at 40-40, blowing the momentum that an 11 game win streak at the beginning of the year provided them. The Mets have had their fair share of injuries with David Wright, Travis d'Arnaud and Daniel Murphy, which has undoubtedly been one of the biggest factors contributing to their struggles.
Terry Collins bypassing magician. "The only thing left is human sacrifice," the manager said. #mets— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) July 2, 2015
While obviously not meaning that a human sacrifice is the next thing for the Mets to try, the manager may have been on to something; and Terry Collins may be that sacrifice.
The front office has given Collins a roster filled with AAAA players, and under-performance from their big names has handcuffed the manager. With ownership unlikely to fire themselves any time in the near future and Sandy Alderson signed through 2017, Collins is more than likely the fall guy.
If this next road trip ends in disaster, and it includes facing both Clayton Kershaw and Zack Grienke, Alderson could look to install a new manager. Wally Backman could step in to try and provide a spark for this Mets team, but unless the front office does something to boost the offense, it likely won't help.
Instead of acquiring the required bats this lineup so desperately needs, their big move of the season could be the removal of Terry Collins.
See Flushing faithful, nothing to panic about. The front office will do something.