Terry Collins is not under contract for 2014. That alone makes his job security a tenuous proposition at best. But Bob Klapisch notes that he’s on even shakier ground than that:
Without a commitment from ownership, Collins looks like a short-timer on a bad team, a latter-day George Bamberger. The current six-game losing streak, including embarrassing back-to-back losses to the Marlins, doesn’t help his cause, either. So what’ll it take for Collins to avoid being fired, even before the end of the season? A more robust roster would help, obviously. In the meantime, he has to prove to the front office that the Mets are listening to him, and that he’s relevant enough to relate to the next wave of stars — particularly Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Travis D’Arnaud.
Considering Wheeler isn’t on the Mets and D’Arnaud is on the DL for a long time, well, good luck Terry.
You sorta have to figure that Collins is bright enough to know that he was hired to be a caretaker manager. It’s a respectable gig. In light of that I find worrying about his job to be way less interesting than wondering who might replace him. I figure that the Wally Backman truthers will come out strong again soon. And I figure it’s silly to think that Backman won’t get a chance to manage the Mets at some point. I just wonder whether he’s the next guy or the next-next guy.
Mets special assistant J.P. Ricciardi told Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sunday that Matt Harvey will start Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers. It will be the only start Harvey makes in the best-of-five versus Los Angeles.
Jacob deGrom is locked in for Game 1 (against Clayton Kershaw, presumably) and Noah Syndergaard will take Game 2 (versus Zack Greinke).
Harvey was the subject of a very public — and sometimes very nasty — innings-limit controversy for much of September. And it’s not yet clear how he’ll be used if the Mets get into the best-of-sevens.
Harvey registered a stellar 2.71 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 188/37 K/BB ratio in 189 1/3 innings this season for the National League East champions. He struck out 11 batters over six innings of one-run ball Saturday against the Nationals.
John Farrell will return to manage the Red Sox next season, provided he is healthy enough to do so, the club announced Sunday morning in a press release.
Torey Lovullo, who has been serving as Boston’s interim manager since Farrell was diagnosed with lymphoma, signed a two-year contract to return as Farrell’s bench coach. Lovullo also forfeited his right to pursue another managerial role with the new deal.
Farrell guided the Red Sox to the World Series title in 2013 and the problems with the Red Sox over the last two seasons have been more about roster construction.
Dave Dombrowski took over the front office from Ben Cherington back in mid-August and will try to turn things around this winter.
All of the other coaches on Farrell’s staff will return except first-base coach Arnie Beyeler.