Terry Collins to players: “We’re not dead.”

The Mets are only 2.5 games out of first place. In his mind, they arecollins dead man walking still in it. Manager Terry Collins has only one message to his players and their fans.

This is our stage. We’re not dead. We’re not dead in the water by any stretch of the imagination. We’ve just got to get it going. And we plan on starting [today].

While he acknowledges the team struggles, he preaches confidence to his players. He tells them they are better than what the numbers currently dictate. With the team suffering loss after loss and no good news from the disabled list, Collins still believes this team is better than they are playing.

Or maybe he knows the truth somewhere deep in his soul. The truth being that his players are just not up to the task set before them: a playoff berth.

On Saturday the team received the news of David Wright diagnosed with spinal stenosis. No baseball activities. There are some among the fan base who fear it may be the end of his career citing the retirement of Lenny Dykstra. He made the decision to retire after receiving the same diagnosis. While you may think it resulted from his using steroids, consider former New York Giants running back David Wilson. At the early age of 23, he retired from the game with the same diagnosis. While nobody is talking retirement for Wright, some are wondering if he will be forced into the same situation. Is he just done for the year or for his career?

Travis d’Arnaud is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment mid-week. Lucas Duda and Juan Lagares were kept out of the line-up on Sunday. Duda, who is batting .293/.385/.478, is the best the Mets have to offer offensively. He is dealing with a tight hamstring. Lagares is still dealing with “pectoral/elbow soreness”. It is unclear if the two players will join the maxed out disabled list.

You have to believe general manager Sandy Alderson is starting to feel the pressure as to which trigger to pull to make some trades happen to bolster this team. Perhaps there are too many down to make any significant trade happen. It may take the depletion of the farm to make an impact trade.

Right now, the only saving grace the Mets have is the rest of the division, with the exception of the Washington Nationals, is just as bad as they are. With 117 games left to go, it is still within anybody’s grasp. Looking at the standings, the Mets are still within striking distance of the Nationals.

The Mets are now home, where they are 17-6, to play the Phillies. After losing his last two starts, you have to believe Bartolo Colon will use this game to get back on track. His last win was against the Phillies. After that, they will play the last place Miami Marlins. The Mets are a combined 10-3 against the Phillies and Marlins. The team needs to make a move now before they head to the west coast.

No matter what happens during the upcoming series, Alderson still needs to make a move to get the offense going. With the Mets only 2.5 games out of first, now is the time to make something happen. There is no time to waste. The longer he waits, the greater the chance for the team to spiral. Or perhaps a movement in managerial staff is the right move to make. Should the Mets fail to win this next two series, will Collins still have a job? Or rather, should he have a job?

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