“Everybody wants to talk about the future – I don’t know what the future holds, but we think there’s a huge upside coming. You look that the pitching, and what’s coming – that’s certainly the strength of this organization. We are going to build this organization around pitching. …. I want the fans to understand that, when we had our first press conference on Opening Day, the expectations were extremely low. … I think we proved everybody wrong. I think we raised the bar, we raised expectations. We played that way over the first half. We ran into a terrible slump, and we will make no excuses about that. … When we go into the off-season, we want [fans] to understand that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s going to come fast.”

— Terry Collins, before Thursday’s home finale at Citi Field