Name any team in baseball, not one could absorb significant injuries to its best pitcher, best hitter, and that much of its supporting cast without taking a serious hit in the standings. The question now is where the Mets go from here. Twenty-one-year-old shortstop Amed Rosario’s hitting a cool .359/.386/.529 in Triple-A. Those are the kinds of numbers that earn a prospect a promotion.
He was supposed to be a caretaker for two years, until the next Mets manager brought them back to contention, and there he stood Saturday night, seven springs later, after a 7-5 victory over the Angels, as the longest-tenured manager in franchise history. Managing his 1,013th game after it all began for him in New York in 2011. After it had ended so badly for him with the Angels, and he was replaced by good friend Mike Scoscia in 1999. “I’ve been very lucky to be here and be around the people I’ve been around,” Collins said beforehand. He arrived as a retread, with a reputation for being abrasive with players, and showed up as a different man, with a different personality and demeanor and communication
If you had to pick one player who typifies the team’s bizarre season, it would have to be Jeff Samardzija. Among NL pitchers, only Bartolo Colon owns a bigger gap between his ERA and his fielding-independent results. In five starts during the first month of the season, Samardzija fanned 35 hitters and walked 10 in 31 ⅓ innings, firing strikes a healthy 63% of the time.