Thanks to quality clubhouse leadership, Terry Collins is confident his team will bounce back
The Mets have endured numerous difficult losses over the course of the 2015 season, with a fresh one less than 24 hours old at the hands of the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series.
But the Mets will be sending Jacob deGrom to the mound – their best pitcher in 2015 who owned a 1.83 ERA in games following a team loss – with the assignment of getting the Mets even and sending the World Series home tied at 1-1.
But because the Mets have shown so much resliency from the most difficult of losses and circumstances all year, Terry Collins expects his club to show that same resiliency with a solid effort in Game 2 on Wednesday.
“I heard the guys last night when they came in after the game, they said, ‘We’ve been here before this year. We got to pick it up and get after them tomorrow,'” Collins explained about his clubhouse after Tuesday night’s tough loss.
Collins has no doubts his Mets will respond, either, thanks to a key element present on the team.
“I always go back to the leadership in the clubhouse,” the manager explained. “That means so much when you have a young team. And these guys, they’ve been here, they’ve been in Postseason, they’ve been through tough times. They know what it takes. They know not to get too high when things are going good. And last night when the game was over to not be dragging in when they’re coming in, pouting, throwing their equipment in the clubhouse.
It was one game. We have six more to play. We had a chance to win the game, we didn’t win it. Well, let’s get another chance tomorrow night. Let’s put ourselves in the same situation. And I think that leadership spreads.”
Collins pointed to their July 30 loss against the Padres – the last time Jeurys Familia blew a save before Tuesday – as the last difficult game in which the Mets bounced back from.
Said Collins, “It wasn’t the World Series and it wasn’t the playoffs, but we went through a lot of those this year, grueling losses. Of course, the one in everybody’s mind is the one against San Diego, when we were trying to win the Division, and crushing loss for us.”
But Collins noted the beauty of baseball is that there’s a chance at redemption the very next day, although it’s critical not to harp on the past.
“You’ve got to bounce back. That’s big league baseball,” he said.