Terry Collins mans up
Posted by keithosaunders on October 10, 2015
At last a manager showed some guts and sticks with his ace rather than adhere to the one-size-fits-all pitch count of 100. Terry Collins’ decision to allow Jacob deGrom to hit in the 7th inning with one out and men on 1st and 2nd paid off in spades. The Mets came away with a 3-1 victory in LA against erstwhile ace and longtime playoff underachiever, Clayton Kershaw. DeGrom, who had thrown 102 pitches, laid down a picture perfect bunt, nearly beating it out, setting the table for gamer David Wright.
Out came Mattingly to remind us that this is indeed the era of pussy baseball. He pulled his ace, the big bad, unbeatable (or so I have been told by Dodgers fans the past two weeks) Kershaw to bring in Pedro Baez, because we all know only righties can get other righties out. Baez got behind in the count and at 3-2 grooved a fast ball which Wright banged into center for a 2 run double. Ballgame.
By taking Kershaw out Mattingly undermined his ace’s confidence. Do you have an ace or not? If the answer is yes then has to be able to work out of tough spots in big games I don’t care how many pitches he has thrown. it’s go time! What’s the good of having an ace if he can’t pitch through late innings bases loaded situations? This is what you work for all season long. It comes down to who do you want to pitch to Wright: Your Cy Young winning pitcher who had been untouchable all year long, or Pedro straight-down-the-middle-fast-ball Baez.
If I was Terry Collins I would name Matt Harvey today’s starter. Here’s your chance to drive a stake through the heart of the Dodgers and take a 2-0 lead in games back to New York. Then you have Syndergaard pitching at home where he is much more effective than the road. You would always have DeGrom for a game five, or if you’re man enough, a game four. If Scott Boras responded with as a much of a peep I would ban him from Citi Field. What’s the worst that can happen? The Mets miss out on the chance to sign a non-gamer pitcher for 30 million a year. Boo hoo.