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Terry Collins refuses to panic amid Mets’ 8-11 start

The New York Mets have stumbled out of the gate in April to the tune of a 8-11 record. While not much has been going right for the Mets so far this season, Terry Collins refuses to allow panic infiltrate the clubhouse.

“With the guys that are in that clubhouse, you can’t show panic,’’ Collins said ahead of Tuesday’s postponed game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, per the New York Post. “They are winners. They have been there before. They’ve slumped before and they’ve all been through this.

“Now you gotta have some patience. Now when it starts to warm up I think we can analyze things a little bit better. But we have played under some tough circumstances, the other team has to play under the same conditions, but we are a different team than a lot of teams. We are a fly ball team and we are not a team that is going to steal bases and create runs. We are going to live and die with some damage we could do — we’ve hit some balls that should have been out.”

The Mets got out of the gates to a great start last season with a 15-7 record in April. But two sub-.500 months in May and June put the Mets behind the proverbial 8-ball before recovering in July and August that set the stage for a 27-13 finish in their final 40 games to nab a spot, albeit a brief one, in the postseason.

With that in mind, Collins pointed out the ebbs and flows of a 162-game season while pointing out the team isn’t “making excuses” for the slow start.

“I told these guys, I know where we are sitting,’’ Collins said. “We got a long way to go. We put one streak together we are right back in this. That’s the message.’’

Collins obviously is a veteran manager who knows how and when to push buttons when needed. Struggles in April obviously are magnified due to small sample size. But it’s not like the Mets have put themselves in a hole from which they can’t dig out.