Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Collins Insists Mets Have Not Packed It In

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Collins Insists Mets Have Not Packed It In

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NEW YORK -- Everything fell apart so quickly, so shockingly easy, that Chris Young looked stunned as he trudged off the mound.

He had been perfect through five innings. Then it all went wrong - - so wrong manager Terry Collins held a team meeting after the Mets' 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies in which he warned his players that the perception was his team had "packed it in."

The ugly loss Tuesday night was an appropriate metaphor for their entire season -- and quite possibly Johan Santana's year as well as he awaits the results of an MRI on his back -- as a strong start only set up a brutal end.

"We have not packed it in," a red-faced Collins said. "But as I told the guys, in our game, perception's reality. And when you sit on the outside and watch a game like tonight, perception is they packed it in. And I won't stand for it."

There was a costly Young throwing error. A botched rundown in the ninth. And "pitchers [who] are standing in the middle of the infield with the ball being thrown around. That's inexcusable," Collins said.

It might be the final blow to the 2012 Mets (57-66), who are in utter free fall, having lost 11 of their past 15.

They are 2-12 at Citi Field since the All-Star break.

"We're playing poorly," David Wright said. "I don't think we're a bad team. We're just playing very bad right now."

Collins said the problem isn't with his team's effort, blaming execution, preparation and the "lack of thought." He also took some of the blame, saying the Mets looked "like they're not prepared; that's my fault."

Meanwhile, the loss came the same day Santana's season likely ended. But doctors have not yet read the results of the MRI.

Those findings will be announced today, the team said.

The left-hander -- who has struggled since his 134-pitch no- hitter June 1 (3-7 with an 8.27 ERA in 10 starts) -- likely won't make it to September for the third straight season. …

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