The pattern is inescapable: Three times is not a charm for Chris Young.
When Young goes through a batting order for a third time hitters tee off on him as if it were batting practice. However, yesterday’s decision by Terry Collins to stick with him was understandable, and still a learning experience.
It is also an indictment on the major league’s worst bullpen, which has a lofty 5-plus ERA.
Young was cruising and was at only 67 pitches entering the seventh. There was no indication he was about to falter. Moments later, say seven pitches, the lead was gone.
This is not the first time this has happened and hopefully Collins has learned he must have a short leash when it comes to working Young past the sixth inning.
Not only did Young’s pitch count give Collins reason to run with him, but he had to be wary of the Mets’ combustible pen. He doesn’t have a lot of faith in it and justifiably so. That was underscored in bold when the Phillies broke the game open with three in the eighth and three more in the ninth.
I don’t know how far the Mets will go this season, but they are winning in spite of their pen. How much longer that will last is anybody’s guess.