Three Mets’ Storylines: Looks Bad Collins Didn’t Challenge

Another day, another head-scratching moment for the Mets. There were all those lost opportunities during the game, but the most puzzling moment came after the game’s final play when manager Terry Collins eschewed the opportunity to use his challenge.

As long as there’s a chance, and replay gave the Mets that chance, you go for it, but Collins did not. Earlier this week in dealing with the issue of perception vs. reality in the Yoenis Cespedes golf matter, Collins angrily said he didn’t care about perception and dealt in reality.

In not appealing, the perception is Collins doesn’t care – which I know isn’t true – against the reality, which he admitted that he wasn’t thinking.

BRUCE: Game ends in controversy. (AP)

BRUCE: Game ends in controversy. (AP)

The Mets finally appeared to get a hit with a runner in scoring position when Travis d’Arnaud grounded a single into right field, but Jay Bruce was thrown out at the plate to end the game when his cleat was caught in the dirt.

Once down 6-1, the Mets’ comeback fizzled at 6-5, but in this day of instant replay – when you never really know – Collins didn’t even bother to challenge the call. Replays showed Bruce was out, but clearcut replays have been reversed before, so why not?

It’s like on fourth-and-18, instead of throwing into the end zone you just take a knee.

“It was a tough way to end it,” Collins told reporters. “I thought for sure he was going to make it.”

Would Collins accept a base runner’s explanation he “thought for sure,” the ball was foul as to why he didn’t run? I don’t think so.

“That might be one of those plays where you might as well just take the chance anyway and see what happens,” Collins said. “I didn’t think about it.”

That’s a terrible thing for a manager to admit.

Bruce couldn’t say whether he was safe or out.

“I’ve seen it challenged before, but that’s not my decision,” Bruce said. “It’s a judgment call and I wasn’t part of the judgment call.”

It has been a rough season and a rough week for Collins, but that’s no excuse. Instant Replay, at least in Cespedes’ world, is a mulligan and Collins should have used it.

Not doing so, along with the Mets’ ineptitude to hit with RISP (2-for-12, 10 LOB, three double plays) was the main storyline. The others are the Mets’ fifth spot in the rotation and Zack Wheeler‘s rehab game.

TAKING THE FIFTH: For the most part, Logan Verrett has given the Mets a chance to win most of his starts in place of Matt Harvey. He didn’t Saturday night in giving up six runs in 3.2 innings. Considering how poorly the Mets’ offense has been, he gave them very little chance.

“I talked with [GM] Sandy [Alderson] about some things and we’re going to certainly look at some options,” Collins said when asked whether Verrett will stay in the rotation.

An option to replace him is Jon Niese, who pitched a scoreless 2.1 innings in relief.

WHEELER MAKES REHAB START:  With the Mets nine games behind Washington and 2.5 behind Miami, and tied with Pittsburgh for two games behind the final wild-card berth, the season is rapidly fading.

Given that, they would be foolish to wait for Wheeler’s return from the disabled list, because by the time he’s ready the season could be over. Wheeler threw 17 pitches in a rain-shortened rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie. His fastball ranged from 90-96 mph.

Wheeler’s rehab assignment, barring a setback, will end the first week in September.

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10 thoughts on “Three Mets’ Storylines: Looks Bad Collins Didn’t Challenge

  1. It was ridiculous that Collins didn’t challenge. It’s the last play of the game, of course, you challenge.
    Even if he thought he was out, it’s always possible they could have called catcher’s interference for blocking the plate before he had the ball.

    Hernandez, first said that the catcher didn’t block the plate, then after seeing the replay, he said he wasn’t so sure. I really think he did block the plate. How can you not challenge that!

    It’s inexcusable not to challenge. I also blame the guy who told Collins he was out. Why not add the comment (just as a reminder to TC) that you may as well challenge, anyway, because the game is over otherwise!

  2. Collins should have challenged but the bottom line the Mets dug themselves a 1-6 hole and couldn’t climb out of it, despite the inept Tigers defense. On a night where St Louis and Miami lost. At least the Phillies lost so we maintain our six game lead on third place (seven in the all-important loss column)

  3. The real bad decision was not hitting for Reynolds in the 6th. You have three lefty bats on the bench. Since his homer against CC he has struck out basically every other AB. Of course he ground in DP. Nobody brings that up

  4. Does MLB have addional images from the Network that they keep unless challenged?
    I assume if he were safe, we already would have seen the video.
    Since apparently thats not the case, who cares what TC did after the play, he was out anyways.

    • Vilos: He is stressed. On Aug. 8 I wrote how I think he’ll come back. Since he reads me every day – sarcasm – I’m sure it will take a load off his back.-JD

  5. “What was very apparent on that play at the plate, besides the obvious out call, was that Saltalamacchia was blocking the plate without the ball.” From MMO
    If thats the case, then I correct myself, and yes, TC should have challenged the call

  6. With all the injuries and pathetic job the Mets have done with runners in scoring position, it’s hard to point a finger at Terry Collins for the teams latest slide. But as a frustrated fan, it’s hard not to want to blame SOMEONE and why shouldn’t it be the manager? Terry is a great teacher. He did a great job developing this pitching staff. But now it’s time for him to go and let a better skipper try to piece together a chance at the wild card. Collins has been responsible for bad decisions that have cost this team at least 5 or 6 losses that could be all the difference in playing in the post season or going home at regular season end!