I understand where Terry Collins was coming from, but personally, unless Bartolo Colon was injured, I would have liked to have seen him go after the shutout. Colon retired 16 of the last 17 hitters he faced and threw just 99 pitches in the Mets’ 4-1 victory over Atlanta.
Colon retired 16 of the last 17 hitters he faced and threw just 99 pitches. With the bullpen not taxed and Colon’s pitch count reasonable, what was Collins thinking?
“We thought about it,” Collins told reporters why he pulled Colon. “He’s got to come back in four days and he’s not the youngest pitcher on our staff. … We decided going in 100 would be his limit.”
I wanted Colon to get the shutout, but going into the season I wrote how I wanted Collins to stay true to his pre-game judgments.
METS GAME WRAP
Game: #24 Record: 16-8 Streak: W 1
SUMMARY: David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda homered in the first to back the strong pitching of Colon, who threw eight scoreless innings to earn his 220th career victory. With the win Colon passed Pedro Martinez to move into second place for victories by a Dominican-born pitcher. Hall of Famer Juan Marichal is first with 243.
KEY MOMENT: The first inning.
THUMBS UP: Colon struck out seven, gave up seven hits and didn’t walk a hitter. … Asdrubal Cabrera continues to play a stellar shortstop and added two hits. … Two hits by Wright, including his first homer this year at Citi Field. … Michael Conforto rebounded from Sunday’s 0-for-5 against the Giants by going 1-for-4.
THUMBS DOWN: Not much.
EXTRA INNINGS: Travis d’Arnaud’s brother, Chase, appeared in the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and singled to right. … This was the first game this season that the Mets didn’t use as many as three pitchers.
QUOTEBOOK: “This lineup is deep and it can be dangerous,” – Wright on the Mets’ lineup.
BY THE NUMBERS: 5: Times the Mets have hit back-to-back homers this year. Cespedes and Duda have done it twice, and Duda was involved four times.