I like Terry Collins. He seems like the right guy to be managing the Mets. He supports his guys to a fault. How could you not love him after watching him tear up about Johan Santana’s no-hitter?
But the man drives me insane with his continued dedication to the righty-lefty match-up. It’s one thing to do it at times, but Collins takes it to extremes.
Daniel Murphy, who was the starting second baseman until he hit a slump, wasn’t given the opportunity to hit himself out of a slump. Why? Collins sat him because of the pitching match-ups. How can a guy fix his slump if he’s sitting on the bench?
And there is no way you can tell me sitting a hot Ike Davis and Murphy is giving the Mets the best opportunity to win. Justin Turner and Ronnie Cedeno is better? Both Murphy and Davis are better both at at the plate and in the field, and we saw that on display Sunday night.
Bottom line: Murphy and Davis should be playing every night no matter the pitcher.
That doesn’t mean playing the R-L match-up at times isn’t right. It can be fine. But stop taking it to extremes.