7/30/2014 6:15 P.M. ET
Collins expecting to see 'similar faces' after Deadline
By Anthony DiComo and Tim Healey / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Count manager Terry Collins among those not anticipating sweeping changes before Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Two days after general manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets are "unlikely" to make any moves prior to the Deadline, Collins said he plans to continue focusing on "who we have and what we have" -- and nothing else.
"Right now, I'm not caught up in it," Collins said Wednesday afternoon. "I'm really not. I look at our team, our clubhouse, I'm going to see a lot of similar faces when we come in here on Friday. I don't see a lot of movement. I'm not caught up in anything."
Most rumors regarding the Mets have centered around Troy Tulowitzki, the Rockies' four-time All-Star shortstop who may or may not be available at the Deadline. Despite the Mets' need for an offensive upgrade at shortstop or left field, Alderson recently downplayed the Mets' willingness to dip into their sizable stable of pitching prospects. The GM also said he would prefer not to trade away a veteran such as Bartolo Colon or Daniel Murphy for prospects.
With no other glaring areas of need on their roster, the Mets are therefore most likely to stand pat prior to Thursday's 4 p.m. ET Deadline.
"Due to all the programming now that goes on where you've got exclusive baseball channels talking about possible trades and who can use what, those are the sorts of things everybody knows," Collins said. "We could use pieces. They could use pieces. Everybody knows there are certain guys out there. As we'll find out in my opinion, there will be less movement than everybody thinks here in the next 30 hours."
Reliever Familia steps up in batter's box
NEW YORK -- Jeurys Familia hasn't batted regularly since 2012, when he was a starter in the Minors, but when Phillies righty Justin De Fratus sent a 1-0 fastball down the middle of the plate, even Familia -- a reliever taking his third Major League at-bat -- knew what to do with it.
"I just tried to see the ball and hit it," Familia said.
He did, and it was a line drive to left field. Chris Young came to the plate on Familia's first big league RBI to extend the Mets' lead in the seventh inning of an eventual 11-2 win over the Phillies.
Familia became the first Mets reliever with an RBI base hit since Raul Valdes on May 25, 2010 -- also in a blowout win over Philadelphia -- and the first reliever to do it for any team since Arizona's Trevor Cahill last August. That one came against the Phillies, too.
The base knock Wednesday was Familia's second in as many plate appearances this season, the first coming May 28 against the Pirates. That ball -- wrapped up with a rubber band and piece of paper specifying its significance -- still sits in Familia's locker.
At 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, Familia's frame is one that is easy to imagine belonging to a slugger when he was a youngster, but the right-hander insists that wasn't the case. His only position-playing experience came at third base for "a couple of months" during his little league days.
So, now that he's a career .667 hitter -- 2-for-3 -- might he be pining for some pinch-hit opportunities?
"No, no," Familia said with a laugh and shrug of his shoulders.
• Ruben Tejada was back at shortstop for the Mets' series finale Wednesday against the Phillies. Tejada has evenly split playing time with Wilmer Flores since the latter was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas last week.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. Tim Healey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.