Even for as big a hater as I am, I would not have guessed that things would get ugly in New York as quickly as they have this season. Yesterday Mets’ manager Jerry Manuel said “I thought we appeared unprepared and I have to take responsibility for
that. … I’m talking about having the information but not trusting it
for the most part.”
Criticize Manuel if you want, but what he’s really saying here — borne out by reports that he lit into the team behind closed doors after the game — is that he and his staff told the players to expect Livan Hernandez to throw his usual assortment of tired old junk and that no one appeared to pay any heed.
Sleeping on a guy like Livan Hernandez and/or ignoring the manager on the first Sunday game of the season? Not pretty.
The Mets entered Sunday night’s game against the Pirates with a disappointing 20-27 record. While the club has dealt with a litany of injuries, manager Terry Collins has also drawn criticism for in-game decision-making, particularly regarding his decision-making.
Owner Fred Wilpon is still Collins’ strongest supporter, however, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports. As a result, the team is unlikely to make a managerial change anytime soon. If the Mets continue to struggle, though, ownership may feel pressured to make a change.
Collins became the longest-tenured manager in Mets history last week. Collins managed the Mets to a 77-85 record in 2011 and has overall helped the club go 501-518, winning the NL Pennant in 2015. He is not signed to a contract beyond this season.
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had a game for the record books on Sunday against the Rays. He finished 4-for-5 with an RBI double, a solo home run, two singles, and three walks in eight plate appearances. Unfortunately for him, the Twins still lost 8-6 in 15 innings.
ESPN’s Stats & Info notes that Mauer is the first Twin to reach base seven times in one game since Rod Carew in 1972 against the Brewers. The last player to reach base seven times in one game (without the aid of an error) was Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford on August 8 last season against the Marlins. The feat has only been accomplished seven times this decade, so about once a year.
After Sunday’s game, Mauer is batting .283/.363/.408 with three home runs, 18 RBI, and 23 runs scored in 171 plate appearances. Not too shabby.