There’s “no chance” the Mets will make manager Terry Collins a scapegoat for the team’s disappointing second half and fire him this offseason or before the regular season ends, a team source told Mike Puma of the New York Post. An extension is possible for Collins, who’s under contract through 2013.
Mets officials would like to finish ahead of the Phillies and Marlins in the NL East standings to build a positive perception of the 2012 season, Puma writes. Interest in extending Collins will depend in part on the way the team plays between now and the end of the season.
The Mets now occupy fourth place in their division with a 59-69 record, but they're 13-29 since the All-Star break. They have played to a 136-154 record in two years under the 63-year-old Collins. It wasn’t until late last September that the Mets exercised his 2013 option.