That’s when Collins started poking at embers on the grill.
“You can’t worry about tomorrow,’’ Collins inexplicably told reporters as to why he used Jeurys Familia in a non-save situation. “You want to win the game.’’
How many times can you remember the Mets expanding a lead and have Familia sit down and somebody else enter the game?
Collins said he’s used Familia in non-save situations before. Friday was the eighth time he’s done it. Sometimes a closer will be brought in that way if he hasn’t had a lot of work.
Including tonight, Familia has pitched five times in the past week and converted three save opportunities, so it’s not as if he needed the work.
Familia hasn’t been effective in that role and certainly was off Friday, giving up three straight singles and a bases-loaded walk to bring in one run. Collins could see Familia didn’t have it, but what was he going to do, pull his closer for somebody else to close the game?
Instead, he let him pitch to Chase Utley, who drilled a three-run double into the right-center gap. All that talk about retribution with Utley seems tired and moot right now.
Familia eventually got out of the inning – he struck out three – but needed a season-high 32 pitches to do so. It remains to be seen if Familia will be available Saturday.
METS GAME WRAP
May 27, 2016, @ Citi Field
Game: #47 Score: Mets 6, Dodgers 5
Record: 27-19 Streak: W 2
Standings: First, NL East, four percentage points ahead of the Nationals.
Runs: 186 Average: 3.95 Times 3 or less: 22
SUMMARY: Instead of his fourth victory, Jacob DeGrom came away with a no-decision when Familia couldn’t hold a four-run lead in the ninth. Granderson took a night of angst away from Familia and Collins by hitting his ninth homer.
KEY MOMENT: Granderson’s leadoff homer in the ninth.
THUMBS UP: DeGrom’s ability to pitch out of trouble, highlighted by a fastball in the mid-90s. It could have been his best fastball of the season. … David Wright homered for the third straight game. … No unnecessary fireworks involving Chase Utley. … Asdrubal Cabrera’s defense and guess what, he got another hit. … Two hits from Neil Walker.
THUMBS DOWN: Collins’ decision to go with Familia and the closer’s dismal performance (four runs on four hits and a walk). … Mets’ hitters struck out 12 times. … Granderson struck out three times and is now hitting .195. … Familia struggled in a non-save situation, giving up four runs in the ninth.
EXTRA INNINGS: GM Sandy Alderson said the team is still exploring external first-base options. Kelly Johnson and James Loney are being considered. … Eric Campbell started his fourth straight game at first. … Wilmer Flores is expected to return from the disabled list soon, perhaps during this series. He can play first. … The Mets discounted the idea of using Conforto at first. … Matt Harvey pitched to Alejandro De Aza and Matt Reynolds prior to the game as the team still is searching for answers. Harvey is scheduled to start Monday against the White Sox.
QUOTEBOOK: “He doesn’t get down. He’s level. He’s a professional.’’ – Collins on Granderson.
BY THE NUMBERS: 13: Mets homers in their last seven games.