What’s on tap for Saturday, Aug. 30…

The Mets and Phillies continue their three-game series at 7:10 pm ET on Saturday at Citi Field.

Bartolo Colon (12-10, 3.82 ERA) opposes RHP Jerome Williams (2-5, 6.71).


Schedule…

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In case you missed it…

The Mets scored three runs when Phillies OF Grady Sizemore dropped of a fly ball with two outs and the bases loaded as they beat the Phillies, 4-1, Friday, during which Jacob deGrom allowed one run in seven innings; Dilson Herrera was hitless with a fielding error in his debut; Eric Campbell stole home; and Jenrry Mejia became the second-youngest closer in franchise history to lock down 20 saves.

The Mets are 12-5 against the Phillies this season.


Triple-A manager Wally Backman was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year.

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: This will only further embolden Mets fans and media who feel Backman’s time has come and that he should replace Collins as soon as next season. I don’t think it matters, though. The way I understand it from team insiders, it’s very unlikely that Wally is ever managing the Mets under Alderson. I do think it could work under Paul DePodesta, John Ricco or JP Ricciardi, but not Sandy. In terms of what I think >> Read more


Sandy Alderson and his staff have not discussed moving Travis d’Arnaud off catcher >> Read more


Standings…

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21 comments
bleck319
bleck319

They need better players. Managers often do not matter. End of discussion.

josef
josef

There is no passion, no emotion, and no leadership on this team! It starts with Alderson, moves down to Collins, then to Wright, and to the rest of the team via osmosis!:)

Nobody seems to care enough about winning, and winning by all means necessary, doesn't mean it has to be done through the use of PEDs! Some love and yearning for winning, some sense of responsibility, and challenging the status quo (the status quo here is taking losses in stride and be OK with them) is desperately needed, and the current cast of characters associated with the Mets lack this badly!

A true captain stirs the ship, saves it from sinking, takes charge, shows passion and emotion, and never accepts losing! It is all about the attitude! You can have lots of talent, but you will AWLAYS underachieve, if you have zero passion and lack the proper winning attitude. David Wright lacks that attitude, despite his talent, nice community service, being a great all-around guy, etc! He is more of a politician dressed in a Mets uniform, spreading goodwill, than he is a true leader in the tenches leading, saving, and guiding the team. That is what the C on his shirt should stand for! Captain, not Community Service Ambassador!

Those bubbleheads of Grandy should be burned in a bonfire! He is also another perennial loser! He and David Wright do not and will not provide the necessary veteran leadership, passion, and toughness this team desperately needs. Backman can do it, albeit for a few seasons, but he will be a step in the right direction for the Mets!

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

Good for backman at least he's getting recognition somewhere.

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

Given Curtis Granderson's lackluster performance this season, I have a hard time seeing bobble head night going well.

cyjabeli
cyjabeli

i actually agree with Matt......Wally would push the envelope too much.....Sandy's aware his hands are tied...Wally would ask too many question with answers he wouldn't want to hear.....Terry's just along for the ride......

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

Don't want to jinx anything, but if WE win the next 14 and the Nats lose the next 14, we'll be tied with them!  Hire Wally and this WILL happen!!

gpopper
gpopper

Congratulations to Wally. Now, if Wally won't manage the Mets with Alderson running the show, then fire the snake oil salesman. Evidently Alderson's ego means more to the Wilpons than the fans. Not surprising at all. Losers support losers.

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

Im not sure who started the Royals rumor, but as I look at their starting rotation I winder why they'd need Colon. Their five man rotation includes Duffy (L), Guthrie, Shields, Vargas (L) and Ventura. Ventura hasn't pitched since the 22nd but I don't see any sign that he is injured.

jrb74
jrb74

SA is too short sighted to see the true value and impact (positive or negative) of managers. To SA, a manager is someone at the field level who's there to implement his systems and tow the company line--a yes man.  Unfortunately, the Wilpons also want the same, so you'll never see an independent, outspoken guy like Wally as manager.  Their loss--and ours.

pologround
pologround

Sandy, Terry is a nice guy, but here in the Big City we need a guy who is like ourselves....Wally is us.........If you want to gain the trust of the fans again, you will make the relationship work with Wally.............Sandy, you can do it......


Make Terry your right hand man, and tell him job accomplished.........


pologround
pologround

Backman is a fan favorite...............If the Mets want to pack the house again, they need a guy like Backman to give the fans some hope.........Mr Alderson, please think this through............We know that you are loyal to Collins, but he makes so many irrational decisions.........Time for him to get a desk job..............Thanks................

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

The Royals had better act fast on Colon for the month of September. They are now only 1/2 game up on Detroit for the division lead and 1-1/2 games up on Seattle for a Wild Card berth. Given Colon's age and contract status I'd be happy to get the 16th MLB prospect, Elier Hernandez: "A good athlete with tremendous bat speed, he has the chance to hit for average as well as power down the road, though he's more of a line-drive gap hitter now. That should give him a strong enough profile as a hitter to fit in right field. He certainly has the arm most teams want from the corner spot and he runs well enough where he'll be a solid defender all-around. Just how good Hernandez becomes depends largely on his bat, with the chance to become a very good everyday right fielder at the big league level."

imissshea
imissshea

They scored 2 runs after Sizemore dropped the ball. It led to a third run scoring (Campbell's steal if home) but only 2 scored on that play.

r_in_ct
r_in_ct

Why would the Mets bring in a winning manager when they can continue to settle for a guy who will now have posted 4 straight losing seasons, and who has shown no spark, no sense of urgency or an ability to make in-game decisions that result in stealing wins here and there?

Bring in a successful guy bent on winning, who the fans like and who has a track record of getting good results with many of the guys on your roster? Now that's just crazy talk.

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

It is ridiculous, at this point, to even think about moving d'Arnaud to left field. Who came up with this idea? Granted, they have a ways to go, but with Nimmo and Conforto in the system there would be no need to move a catcher to the outfield. Their arrival is no more remote than making d'Arnaud a left fielder. The time will come, perhaps as soon as ST 2016, when the Mets will likely have to choose between Plawecki and d'Arnaud. But the Mets may be better served to trade one or the other than to change either's position.

mrgee
mrgee

We really can take this series; Philly is that bad. And then we can catch the Marlins! Dream big, guys. These are meaningful games!

matmil
matmil

You may have something there. Collins is a career minor league coach, for the most part, making more money than he ever has before, and isn't going to rock the boat. So it comes down to Alderson, Will he accept these sub par records or will he go for the ring. If he is going to go after a championship I don't think he can believe, from what's happened here this year, that Collins can get him there.

mrgee
mrgee

They could also pack the house by...winning.