Terry Collins' New York Mets have exhibited a downward trend in the win department over the 63-year-old manager's first two seasons with the club. While that is not entirely his fault, the skipper is often the scapegoat when things turn ugly, so Collins has something to prove to the front office this upcoming season.
Collins' job is safe heading into the season (via CBS Sports' Jon Heyman), meaning that he should be able to make it through all 162 games barring unforeseen and terribly embarrassing circumstances. But Sandy Alderson can't be satisfied with what he's seen from his team since Collins was hired.
Mets fans didn't hope for much from the 2012 season, but the 2013 campaign will be met with considerably more lofty expectations from some slightly more irritable New Yorkers.
The fiery manager's seat isn't warming up yet, but it will be if headway isn't made in the months following opening day 2012. He has his work cut out for him, but here is what Collins has to do to ensure that he'll be in the Citi Field dugout for the entire season.