sports management colleges (or he just doesn’t remember the lessons).
Mets fans had hoped we'd finally had a manager with a clue. Well the first few weeks of the season has shown we're getting more of the same that we had with Jerry, Willie and Art Howe. Whether it's strange bullpen decisions or giving away outs or pinch running for one of your top offensive and defensive players in Ike Davis.
Tonight Terry made another stupefying decision. The score was 3-1 Astros with the lead and there was two on and two out with the pitchers spot up, and Willie Harris and Daniel Murphy available off the bench. Since there was a lefty on the mound Terry decided to go with Chin Lung Hu. He of a .200 Ops this year, and horrid career numbers. Hu is here as a defensive replacement at second base and no other reason. I wish someone would tell Terry that.
There really is no defense of using Hu as a pinch hitter. I don’t care if a lefty is on the mound. Hu is the biggest give up at bat in the majors this side of Cora. Murphy has done a good job as a pinch hitter. No there's no guarantee he gets a hit, but he gives you a shot. Hu sure doesn't. Hu predictably K'ed and that was the Mets only chance at a comeback.
Collins was asked about that strategic move and he said he never thought about using Murphy in that spot because a lefty was on the mound. Face palm. Murphy's numbers aren't bad vs lefties in a so far short sample.Look Terry isn't playing with a full deck with Johan missing most of this season, and Bay missing the first three weeks, but he isn't helping.
Terry was an uninspired hire, and his in game managing has been as unimpressive as the team has been. I guess the best thing about him is he's only under contract for two years and isn't a freak show like Wally Backman.
Terry's probably not as bad as a manager as Fredi Gonzalez either,. I mean I don't see him hitting dreck like Nate McCloth second and a star like Jason Heyward sixth or calling for a suicide squeeze with the pitcher up and two strikes on him, so there's that.