New York Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that the Mets will have an all-star game in their future.
“We will have the all-stars in the spring,” Collins said on ESPN.com.
“I think we have the best roster in baseball.
The way we play, we play hard and it’s going to be fun to have that, but we also have the potential to win a lot of games, too.”
There will be a game in the summer, maybe later this month.
But I can’t talk about that right now.
“The Mets have not played a regular-season game since 2011, and Collins is now looking for a new way to break into the All-Star Game.
This season has been a roller coaster, with injuries to key players and a shortened schedule that has put a damper on Collins’ ability to find talent.
But he has some players that can provide an added spark, and the team has been able to keep pace with the rest of the NL East, especially with the return of starter Yovani Gallardo.
The Mets are 4-2 in games decided by one run or less, and they have been able go 7-2 when winning by a run.
This is not the team that played the first two months of the season in the NLDS, but it’s still a good enough team to win it all.
In addition to Gallardo and Matt Harvey, Collins added starting pitcher Trevor Cahill, who pitched in a six-game win streak before being optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday.
Cahill has pitched well since returning from the DL, posting a 2.50 ERA with four strikeouts and two walks in two starts.
The 27-year-old will get his chance to prove he’s still capable of being a valuable part of a winning team in spring training, but he’s also got to get used to the Mets bullpen being so much smaller than the one that made it to the World Series last year.
The Mets could use another big-league right-hander this spring, but Collins has also said he would like to see another starter.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, however, is not ready to make any decisions until next month, and so the team will have to find a replacement, something they’re looking to do in the coming months.