That is the message that Mets manager Terry Collins is conveying to his players. This was on the heels of the poor pitching performance of Bobby Parnell. It is a simple message. He went so far as to say:
If you want to pitch at this level, you have to pitch well and do your job. You have to make pitches.
His message to Mets fans and the team is:
The fight is still there. We just gotta stop making mistakes.
Making pitches and stop making mistakes. It sounds easy enough. Yet, for the 2011 Mets, it is easier said than done. However, these remarks are just a sign to all Mets fans that we are in a different time. Players are being held accountable. Players will pay the consequences for the lack of fundamentals and poor performance. Look at what happened with Blaine Boyer and Lucas Duda.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson is going to have a very short leash on players as he tries to right a ship that has been sinking for the past three years. Nobody gets any slack. Nobody gets by with any type of excuse. Collins’ message is simple: You do your job and do it well.
Collins knows what he has with this team. He admits that the “Mets have been in every game except one”. While it is fine to be in every game, winning those games you are “in” would kind of sort of help. We are two weeks into the season. So leniency is granted. Do not take advantage of the kindness. Do not abuse. That is the only warning I give.
Accountability is what we want. It is what we are going to get. With the great single performance of Jason Isringhausen, if Parnell does not shape up, expect Isringhausen to take over the role as the 8th inning man. Alderson and Collins will not settle for ineptitude. You louse up, you lose your job.
We are in a new era. A simple era. Put up or get out.