Terry Collins talked with WFAN’s Mike Francesa yesterday and said he is happy his entire coaching staff will return next season, because, “We have some unfinished business here.”
In regards to specific players, Collins said the following about…
- Daniel Murphy: He needs to hit for more power; he had a productive season; he did a nice job learning and playing second base.
- Lucas Duda: He’s a keeper; he’s best suited for left field; he’s still capable of hitting 35 home runs and 95 RBI in the big leagues; he struggled adjusting to right field; developed more patience at the plate as the season progressed;
- Jeurys Familia: He loves him; he has a great arm; he likes him much better as a reliever than a starting pitcher;
- RA Dickey: He’s had an unbelievable season; he had only two bad starts all year; he only thinks about the team and winning;
- Matt Harvey: He’s going to be outstanding next season; he has the chance to be a top-of-the-rotation guy.
In regards to the overall roster, and how things must change going forward, he basically said:
- The Mets need to hit more home runs, especially from their outfielders.
- He needs players who are committed (all season) to the organization’s philosophy of taking pitches, drawing walks, getting on base and getting two-out hits.
- The Mets might be a couple years away from having their best hitting prospects produce in the big leagues.
He says he’s already had a number of conversations with GM Sandy Alderson about the type of changes that need to be made to the roster for next season.
To listen to Francesa’s entire 16-minute interview with Collins, click here.