With strikeouts on mind, Collins talks Mets' approach

With strikeouts on mind, Collins talks Mets' approach

WASHINGTON -- One morning after striking out 15 times -- including 11 against Nationals starter Edwin Jackson -- Terry Collins revisited a familiar issue for his Mets.

For the second time this week, the Mets' manager addressed the number of strikeouts his team has compiled at the plate. The Mets have struck out 114 times through 16 games in August, a number that is just 10th most among National League teams. But given that Mets' batting average in that span is .231, tied for 12th in the National League -- as well as the fact that they have the fourth-most strikeouts (282 since the All-Star break) in the NL, the strikeouts have taken on higher precedence.

"Due to the teams that we have to face in our division and some of the teams we've been facing lately, we're seeing good pitching night after night," Collins said. "You hope you make an adjustment, and sometimes we've talked about it, where sometimes our approach of trying to make the pitcher work gets us in trouble, because we're behind. We're behind 0-2 before you can blink, and now you've got to expand the strike zone. The result, a lot of times, will be swinging and missing."