The Mets dropped their second straight game Wednesday, losing to the Marlins, 6-0, which cut their NL East lead cut to 7 1/2 games over the Nationals.
"We had such an emotional high going coming out of Atlanta, I think you're seeing just a little bit of a drain of the system," Collins said after Wednesday's game. "If there was a day off coming, I think it's coming at the right time. I think we need to just get away for a little bit, we're gonna come back, it's gonna be pretty exciting starting Friday, and we need to pick the energy level up a little bit."
The Mets entered the three-game series with the Marlins after sweeping the Nationals and Braves.
"We had a long road trip, and an emotional road trip, but that's no excuse for going out there and losing games," David Wright added. "We have to find ways to win games down the stretch, but there are going to be days where you get outplayed and today we got outplayed in every area of the game."
According to Collins, while others may be looking ahead to October, he's taking it one game at a time.
"We are not talking about the postseason," Collins said. "Again, we're talking about getting through this season."
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
I'm uncomfortable. I know I shouldn't be, but I am. I need to see this team win again. It doesn't help that they're about to play circus-like games against the Yankees, who have their backs against the wall as they fight for a playoff spot in the American League. I hope this helps the Mets. I'm hoping a return to a playoff atmosphere and a sold-out ballpark, buzzing again, will electrocute the Mets in to being the team they were last week and the previous month or so. The Mets have lost two in row. It's just two games, but Nationals have won four in a row. Again, I'm not panicking, but I'd be more comfortable if the Mets can stop this slide sooner than later.