Not Enamored With Collins’ Decisions Or Reasoning Friday

Jacob deGrom had only thrown 97 pitches when he was pulled in the eighth inning of Friday night’s 2-1 loss at Atlanta. He deserved better, from his defense, his bullpen, and his manager. Come to think about it, he deserved better from his general manager, too.

DE GROM: Should have stayed in. (AP)

DE GROM: Should have stayed in. (AP)

Betrayed is too strong a word, but he was definitely let down. DeGrom took a slim 1-0 lead into the eighth because the Mets’ anemic offense stranded six and was 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position. This offense has done little for much of the year, and even less the past month.

After Andrelton Simmons doubled to lead off the eighth, most everybody in the park knew Eury Perez was going to lay down a bunt to the third base side. DeGrom pounced on the ball and immediately looked to third, but Ruben Tejada wasn’t by the bag. Had he been there, deGrom would have nailed the runner.

Not a natural third baseman, Tejada botched the play, but manager Terry Collins said he had no problem with his handling of the play.

“We’re trying to get an out there,” Collins told reporters, adding Tejada did the right thing.

I beg to differ. Strongly. Yes, they are trying to get an out, but that out needed to be at third and not first. How were they going to do that if Tejada wasn’t covering third?

I can buy Collins if he was trying to protect the inexperienced Tejada’s fragile ego. But, here’s where I have a problem with GM Sandy Alderson. HIs job is to ensure the Mets have the appropriate talent needed to win games and this is not the first time they’ve been left with a thin bench and poor bullpen choice.

Pedro Ciriaco followed with a grounder to shortstop Wilmer Flores, who took too long looking the runner back to third and couldn’t get the runner at first.

The Braves now had runners on the corners with one out when Collins summoned Sean Gilmartin.

“I thought it was time,” said Collins. Yes, time to lose the game.

DeGrom is the Mets’ best pitcher and only had thrown 97 pitches. Collins mentioned the pitch count, but deGrom’s defense opened the door.

There was nothing deGrom did to warrant being pulled. Collins knows he has an unreliable bullpen with the exception of Jeurys Familia. If deGrom is to be considered ace-like his manager must show him the confidence to make it through the inning.

Collins’ best choice was to stick with deGrom or go to Familia to close the eighth.

Gilmartin was not the best decision, evidenced by Jace Peterson promptly doubling in two runs to waste another good start.

Yes, deGrom deserved better. Much better.


13 thoughts on “Not Enamored With Collins’ Decisions Or Reasoning Friday

  1. I agree with you a 100% the one person who is losing games for the Mets is the manager because has no clue how to manage and should have been FIRED ALONG TIME AGO

    • Sure. It’s Terry Collins’ fault. It’s not because the infield defense is possibly the worst I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s not because we have an outfield that is severely underperforming. It’s not because our third baseman & captain is out. It’s not because the bullpen is once again poorly constructed and slammed with injuries to key contributors. It’s not because the team is spending like a mid-market team. It’s not because there’s no cohesion in the lineup. It’s because Terry Collins can’t manage.

      • Isn’t it time the press and the blogging community started really going after Collins. Injuries well OK although the Mets record in this record is another matter. But they don’t move runners along, don’t rotate to cover bases, rarely bunt effectively and all in all their basics stink. The manager should be fully accountable.

      • I agree

        Except for the pen

        At the beginning of the season we had a good pen

        We had 2 young good back of the rotation pitchers who could close, we had lefties to deal with the lefty power hitters in our division and we had other decent fillers. Then injuries happened.

        • Your bullpen is poorly constructed when you have to make not one but two hasty deals to acquire arms right before opening day. That and there is no depth to speak of within the organization to capably fill in roles. I did note that injuries made things much worse, but in his years, Sandy has proven he can’t put together a good bullpen.

  2. Get rid of the manager and GM – both su_ck and think they’re fooling us with their bevy of bull and lies.

    Collins is a disaster, can’t even come up with a believable rationale for his idiotic decisions and explanations.

  3. Other teams are making deals. Why couldn’t we have gone after Uribe?

    And Maddon, too, BTW?

    • 1. Because Uribe is 36 and making $6.5 million. 2. Because this administration wants a manager they can control.

      (I’m not suggesting I agree with these reasons, but that’s why)

  4. Keith was ranting this weekend how piss poor the infield defense is for this team.

    It is nice that we have an offense that is adequate most of the time. It is horrible that our defense is the worst in the league.

    That is the trade off the GM makes with this team

  5. I said the same thing AT THE TIME so it’s not second guessing. It was deGrom’s game to lose. He was pitching well, let him try to get the ground ball. The mess was not deGrom’s making. He did what he had to do. He should have had an out at 3B and then he should have had the out at 1B. If Tejada plays it right it’s man on 1B with 1 out, then they get the ground ball to Flores and it’s a double play, inning over. Either way though it’s first and 3rd, one out. Get the double play and the inning is over. If I need to turn 2 then deGrom is my guy AND it was his game. If the game is going to be lost let HIM do it, not Gilmartin.

  6. Either we endorse the idea that we need to protect these pitchers’ arms, or we don’t. We can’t have it both ways. Losing sucks. But the Mets aren’t in the tank because they pulled deGrom “early”. This is a long time coming.

    • The pitch count does nothing to save their arms ..
      their arms will have good days and bad days. the number of pitches shouldnt be a factor but the quality of pitching etc..
      of the control is there and the pitcher is having a good day just let him pitch..
      yeah i know.. and everyone will put forth statistics that say 100 is all an arm can do. tell that to satchel paige and all those before the y2k pitchers.
      they stopped pitching when the game was over..