No, Terry Collins is NOT on the hot seat

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This morning I linked Bob Klapisch’s story about Terry Collins being on the hot seat. Andy Martino of the Daily News, without mentioning Klapisch by name, but pretty clearly aiming in that direction, says that such stuff is nonsense:

It is not worth your time speculating on Collins’ job status.  He might or might not be back next year, but the team is not anywhere close to replacing him.  On February 20, we reported that “it will take an extraordinarily bad situation, far worse than a losing record, for Collins to be fired during the year — but it is also nearly impossible to imagine an extension before October.”

It doesn’t seem like Sandy Alderson’s M.O. to just yank a manager in midseason for no good reason. It’d be different if the team had some optimistic expectation that wasn’t being met, but the Mets were expected to struggle and build. So far we’ve seen both some struggling and some growth, and there isn’t any suggestion that there’s drama going on in the clubhouse or anything.

That still leaves next season up for grabs — there’s no particular reason to stick with Collins either — but at the moment Martino’s take rings more true to me.

Justin Verlander earns 200th career win

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Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.

Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.

Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.