Updated Post 10:00 AM
After last night’s suspended play, Terry Collins explained that he removed Jeremy Hefner from the game after the sixth because he was excited for him.
“When he came off after the sixth, he could have probably started the seventh inning, because he was feeling OK,” Collins said. “But I was so excited that he pitched so well after he’s been so down about not winning a game. I said, ‘I’m not going to let this kid lose this game. I’m not going to do that.’ He needs to move forward with a positive attitude that he pitched very, very well. Even though he did pitch well, had something happened the next inning, he goes home feeling bad about it. And I didn’t want that to happen.”
With one of the league’s worst bullpen, it’s surprising that Collins thought handing the ball to the pen would give the young right-hander a better chance to win the game. The Mets bullpen has already blown a couple of Hefner’s leads this season.
Sorry, but I think Collins was nuts for pullin