By Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON — Terry Collins fumed for more than three minutes after his Mets’ humiliating 9-0 loss to the Diamondbacks Thursday.

Starter Noah Syndergaard got blown up for three runs in the fourth inning. Two innings later, the D-backs hung six more on reliever Jonathon Niese.

“In the past we’ve relied heavily on our veteran presence in the clubhouse,” Collins told reporters in the bowels of Citi Field. “But this is a lot of responsibilities. I’m the manager here. It starts with me.

“And I just have said so many times, I don’t care who’s not here. There are no excuses here. These are Major League Baseball players. I don’t care where they came from. I don’t care how they got here. The names on their back and on the front of their uniforms say they’re a Major League Baseball player. It starts with them.”

“You owe a responsibility to the fans, our fanbase, the organization and to yourself, the respect for this game, to come out and grind it out, whether it’s hot or whether it’s freezing cold,” he continued.

“And that’s where it’s got to start.”

You could say the Nationals and Mets have completely reversed roles since 2015, only, that’s not entirely accurate. The Mets are actually worse than the Nats were at this point last year.

The 2015 Nats were 58-56 after 114 games and trailed only the Mets by 4.5. The 2016 Mets are 57-57, trailing Washington by 10.5 games and, in third place, the Marlins by three.

The unpredictability of baseball is unyielding, as the Nationals so rudely learned in 2013 (and were reminded of in 2015). Of course, with 48 games remaining, there’s still plenty of time for the Mets to reverse their fate. But it’s not looking good.

Follow @ChrisLingebach and @1067TheFan on Twitter.


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