Coming into 2011, expectations were about as low as they could be for the Mets, five seasons removed from their 2006 NLCS run. Around New York, the team was a joke. Experts were picking the team to a fourth place finish, maybe 70-75 wins. Manhattan Mini Storage even centered their advertising campaign around the futility of the Mets by asking fans "Why Leave a City that has Six Professional Sports Teams and Also the Mets?" They were basically a joke.
It appears as if someone forgot to tell Terry Collins. The first year manager has taken this team, mismatched with a slew of players who should be in the minors and put them into wild card contention. Even with their disappointing loss last night at the hands of the Braves, the Mets are just 4.5 games out of the wild card and are very much alive as 92 games remain in the season.
Here are five reasons why he deserves the manager of the year award for the National League.