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Collins has preached fundamentals, and he has the Mets believing they can win now.
Terry Collins is the last person who will tell you this is a rebuilding year.
He has insisted the Mets can contend, and this year he wants them to be more aggressive baserunners. Already, Collins’ influence has paid off.
In the Opening Day rout, the Mets constantly took the extra base. John Buck, one of the slowest players on the team, set the tone when he hustled and scored from second on a single. David Wright, who stole 15 bases all of last season, stole two bases easily this game. Collin Cowgill, notorious for his aggressive style of play, sped home and scored on a short grounder by Wright early in the game.
That aggression can make or break an inning, but on Opening Day it paid off in every way.
The fiery Collins currently has the Mets playing with a chip on their shoulder. With all of the talk of what the Mets can do in 2014, Collins wants the Mets to surprise everyone in 2013.
Collins himself is in the final year of his contract, so he also has something to fight for.
The Mets played with the confidence and aggression that has been lacking for years. Jon Niese even refused to leave the game and argued with Collins into an extra 0.2 innings of work.
All in all, Collins has done a great job of getting the Mets to buy into his coaching. He has the Mets playing motivated, fundamental baseball.