GM says Terry Collins' job is safe

NEW YORK -- Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has informed manager Terry Collins his job is safe.

After getting swept in consecutive road series against the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants, the Mets (28-35) returned to Citi Field on Tuesday to face the Milwaukee Brewers on a six-game losing streak. The Mets are a season-high seven games under .500.

Alderson indicated his motivation for addressing the job-security matter with Collins was media speculation that the manager's job was in jeopardy, including one tabloid report that suggested Collins' seat was "sizzling."

Collins, 65, is signed through 2015, with a team option for the following season. He is 253-296 in four seasons as Mets manager.

Alderson noted the Mets actually were two innings from reaching .500 last Tuesday at Wrigley Field. The Mets failed to hold the lead that game, beginning the six-game tailspin.

"Sometimes you have to address topics you wouldn't otherwise because of all of the noise that surrounds the situation. That's kind of it in a nutshell," Alderson said Tuesday about the motivation for the conversation with Collins. " ... You have to take a little bit longer view of things. The first game in Chicago, had we won that, we were a .500 team. Now we're seven under. A lot of stuff has happened in the last week, but nothing so shocking or surprising. We've lost some close games. What are we, 8-17, in one-run games? I'd like to think that's going to regress somehow to the mean, as they say, and that will pick up."

The Mets fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens on Memorial Day.

"Obviously I talk to Sandy all the time. He said something to me," Collins acknowledged about the vote of confidence. "It is what it is. It's part of the job. All these things are all part of this job. You know what? It isn't going to change the way we come to the ballpark. You stay positive, you stay upbeat, have some fun, get the guys ready to play, and go out and play hard and see if you can win."