Sep 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on during the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Terry Collins' bullpen management Friday night was horrid

During Friday night’s loss to the Angels in Anaheim, Terry Collins put on a display of bullpen management that was horrid.

It started in the bottom of the eighth when Collins used three pitchers to record three outs. With Gonzalez Germen pitching, two outs, and a runner on first, Collins went to Scott Rice to face lefty Kole Calhoun. That move was pointless, since Germen is a crossover pitcher who has held lefties to a lower batting average (.213) than righties (.228) during his career.

After Rice allowed a hit to Calhoun, he was removed for Kyle Farnsworth, who pitched to two batters and escaped the inning.

Collins turned to Jeurys Familia to start the ninth and curiously left him in for a third inning, which wound up costing the Mets the game. Also odd was Collins asking Familia (who has control issues) to load the bases intentionally with a pair of walks. Right after that, the game ended on a hit by pitch.

Simply put, staying with Familia for a third inning – he had never before pitched more than two innings in relief – made absolutely no sense.

The Mets had two other relievers in the bullpen: Jose Valverde and John Lannan.

Collins was of course “saving” Valverde for the save opportunity that never came, something he pretty much always does in tie games on the road. This philosophy is flawed, but Collins refuses to budge.

Since Collins refused to go with his closer, his other option was John Lannan, who has been dreadful as a Met. Still, going with Lannan in the 11th inning would’ve been a better option over the exhausted Familia.

For all the skill Collins has as a motivator, his tactical moves leave a lot to be desired. The bullpen management display he put on last night is just a recent example of Collins’ tactical shortcomings.


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  • takerrulez

    I always thought Collins was not a good manager. Better then Randolph or Manuel yes but that isn’t saying much. In my opinion last year we won 74 games despite Collins horrible managing. He has never managed the bullpen well. I really didn’t mind going a 3rd inning with Familia because he has started in the past but the big mistake in my opinion was to load the bases. If you have a guy with good control it is one thing but with someone who struggles sometimes with his control you never load the bases. There was a man in 3rd one out. He has strikeout pitches try to let him strike a guy out. Walking the bases loaded is nuts. Great job Collins. We should be at .500 but instead we are not and again he left Gee in too long. As soon as Gee reaches 90 pitches as soon as you can get him out of there. He always end is up leaving him in one batter too long. If he took him out in time he never gives up the 2 run tying homer and we win in 9 innings.