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Saturday, March 22, 2014
Terry Collins still mentioning 90-wins goal

By Adam Rubin

JUPITER, Fla. -- Terry Collins is not shying away from the goal Sandy Alderson stated in an internal meeting of winning 90 games this season.

After Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores and Ike Davis all went deep in a 10-2 rout against the Miami Marlins on Saturday, Collins noted the Mets will need power throughout their lineup to reach that win total.

"We need it out of eight guys," Collins said. "We aren't going to win 90 waiting for 2, 3, 4 and 5 to do all the damage. It's got to be throughout the lineup."

As for d'Arnaud, who snapped an 0-for-21 Grapefruit League drought with the second-inning long ball against Brad Hand, Collins said: "We know he's got the power. It was a good swing for him. Hopefully it does get him to relax a little bit. But I don't want him swinging for the fences, either. When we got this guy in the deal, it was the power to right-center field that made him special."

Short coming: Flores is projected to open the season playing shortstop and second base at Triple-A Las Vegas. He logged his fourth Grapefruit League start at shortstop Saturday and handled the plays, which were largely routine. Flores had not been used at shortstop since 2011 until this spring training.

Flores went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored while upping his spring average to .244.

"We know he can hit," Collins said. "It's whether or not we think he's ready to play shortstop every day."

Ump impressed: Collins said even plate umpire Angel Hernandez was impressed with Bartolo Colon, who limited the Marlins to two runs in 6 2/3 innings.

"Angel came over and he said he's had him before in games, but he's not sure he's ever seen that much movement," Collins said. "He was really, really effective today."

As for Colon producing a run-scoring single his third at-bat, Collins joked: "He may hit fifth if he continues to hit good. I was just impressed. As I told you earlier in the spring: This guy is a better athlete than what he's teasing you about. So don't get too caught up in that. This guy has got great feet. He's got great hands."

Colon lightly ran on what normally would have been an infield single in his fourth and final at-bat Saturday.

"I told him not to get cute," Collins said. "The one thing we don't need is a blown calf or a blown hamstring right now in a game that doesn't matter."