Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says Terry Collins’ job is safe

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The Mets began the season at 13-3, but they are just 28-37 since, even if you include Friday’s win over the Dodgers. Missing key pieces like David Wright, Travis d’Arnaud, and Daniel Murphy along the way, a lack of offense has been a big reason for the slide. The Mets have scored two runs or fewer in 13 out of their last 15 games. There’s understandably a lot of frustration in the fanbase right now, but Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com yesterday that Terry Collins doesn’t deserve to be on the hot seat.

“We’re a .500 team,” the GM continued. “We haven’t been moving in the right direction — I understand that. We’ve had a lot of people hurt for a long period of time. We’ve got some young guys in particular that are not hitting. We’ve got some older players that have tried to carry the load. I think to put all of this on Terry would be grossly unfair.”

Alderson added that he doesn’t think there should be a “Terry Collins watch,” but the speculation figures to continue as the Mets go into their toughest stretch of the season. During their current West Coast trip, they have two more games against the Dodgers before going to San Francisco to play the Giants for three. They’ll go into the All-Star break with three against the Diamondbacks at home before beginning the second half with a six-game road trip against the Cardinals and Nationals. They’ll then come home for a four-game series against the Dodgers, just days before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. This stretch could go a long way toward determining whether the Mets have a real shot at contention. And if they continue to fade, it’s not a stretch to think that it could end up costing Collins his job, even if it’s undeserved.

Collins is in his fifth season as Mets manager and owns a 345-384 (.473) record. He’s in the final guaranteed year of his contract.