Mets Bats, Not Collins Decision, Reason For Game 5 Loss
Terry Collins is going to catch a lot of heat for sending Matt Harvey back out for the ninth inning in Game 5 of the World Series.
Harvey had been dominant for eight innings but was over 100 pitches. Closer Jeurys Familia was ready in the bullpen.
Harvey was told he was done. He fought to stay in and he won.
Collins will be blamed for the World Series loss, almost like Grady Little was blamed for leaving Pedro Martinez in for one inning too long in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.
But it's not Terry Collins' fault. It's not Matt Harvey's fault.
It's the Mets offense. The Mets offense that couldn't capitalize. The Mets offense that was 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.
It was the Mets offense that let Edinson Volquez off the hook after he walked the leadoff man in the second inning.
It was the Mets offense that let Volquez get away with a one out walk in the fourth. Volquez walked the leadoff guy in the fifth, also, and the Mets came away with nothing.
And then, the most egregious performance of them all came in the bottom of the sixth, when Volquez walked the leadoff man for the third time. He loaded the bases with nobody out. And the best the Mets could do was one run on a sacrifice fly.
Bottom line: The Mets failed to capitalize on OFFENSE. The offense put Matt Harvey and Terry Collins in that position.
Collins and Harvey will be remembered, but it's the Mets offense that couldn't close it out.