David Wright was ready to take one for the team. Terry Collins was not going to let that happen.
So the Mets manager pulled his star third baseman.
''In this game there are unwritten rules and one of the unwritten rules is you hit my guy, I'm hitting your guy. They're not hitting my guy tonight,'' Collins said following the Mets' 8-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. ''He said, `If somebody should be hit, I want it to be me.' I said it's not going to be you.''
Wright was set to lead off the bottom of the seventh. One problem: Reliever D.J. Carrasco had just hit NL MVP Ryan Braun a pitch after Rickie Weeks homered.
Carrasco was immediately ejected by plate umpire Gary Darling.
''I didn't like it. I don't understand it,'' Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.
Collins knew what might happen next and he pinch hit for Wright. The star slugger had two of the Mets' five hits off Zack Greinke (4-1), a double and a broken-bat single in the fourth inning - a shard of wood whi...