The Mets’ juvenile attempt to prohibit manager Terry Collins from talking about injuries won’t accomplish anything other than reinforcing the belief than any misinterpretation begins with GM Sandy Alderson.
Collins drives me crazy when he waffles when discussing injuries, but it must be realized he’s spouting the information given him by management.
COLLINS: Gag order on injuries. (AP)
First of all, it won’t stop the questions from being asked. Whereas Collins was the one peppered with questions, now it will be Alderson who gets the grilling.
And, it won’t stop the reporters from digging, which won’t make anybody very happy.
All this does is to make nothing the Mets say about injuries to be taken at face value.
The Mets have long been hammered for how they have handled injuries, and to be certain that includes decisions from the front office.
The innings fiasco with Matt Harvey was Alderson’s responsibility, as was his decision for Noah Syndergaard to bypass an MRI, only to start and partially tear a lat muscle.
Those are on Alderson. Actually, this should take pressure off of Collins, who can say, “go ask Sandy.’’
Ever since Collins has managed the Mets, he’s had to explain and defend Alderson’s policies and decisions, even if he didn’t agree with them.
MONTERO SHOWS NOTHING: An argument can be made that the worst thing to come out of tonight’s 4-3 loss outside of the obvious, is that Rafael Montero’s shabby three-inning performance forced Collins to use Paul Sewald for three innings of relief.
Montero gave up three runs on three walks and five hits. He threw 87 pitches, 45 of them coming in the first inning.
As far as Sewald goes, his scoreless three innings – with four strikeouts – has him making serious strides towards becoming a reliable arm in the Mets’ faulty bullpen.
EXTRA INNINGS: Jacob deGrom was pushed back to avoid the possibility of starting and then losing him in a long rain delay. He’ll start Friday in Pittsburgh. … Michael Conforto went 1-for-5, with four strikeouts. … Lucas Duda and Jose Reyes had two hits each. … Mets hitters struck out 11 times. … The Mets went 1-for-10 with RISP and left nine runners overall, so they had their chances.