And no, I'm not reacting to the Harvey news because that's a case of if it was going to happen, it would happen. I'm reacting to Terry Collins' terrible in game managing. I've put up with Collins' misuse of the bullpen, unfathomable pinch hitting situations or pinch running situations, but tonight was just the last straw. For those of you that didn't see it, in the 7th inning with 2 outs, Terry Collins pulled Zack Wheeler from the game for Pedro Feliciano. Feliciano got the out to end the inning, but my gripe is that it was the pitcher at the plate. Cliff Lee was batting and you take the ball out of Wheeler's hand? That's just dumb. That's hanging your pitcher out to dry by not even giving him a chance to get the W. Wheeler was reasonably angry when he got into the dugout as was the entire Mets fan base.
Terry Collins has made some dumb moves this year, but this is one of the dumbest. Wheeler was pitching fantastic. I know they're worried about the same thing happening to him that happened to Harvey, but jeez, give the kid a chance. We've seen Collins pinch hit Wilmer Flores with an injured ankle and then pinch run Jenrry Mejia, we've seen him put Wheeler on the base paths when Wright went down, and now we've seen him pull our young stud against the opposing pitcher. I just don't understand what goes through Terry Collins' mind. There must be a dartboard for in game situations that Sandy and the Wilpons play while the game is being played and then call down and let Terry know what to do. It's just flabbergasting. It didn't stop there though tonight, in the bottom of the 9th with one out and down a run, Terry doesn't pinch hit Ike Davis for Josh Satin. No offense to Satin, but Ike is way more likely to hit a home run off of a righty than Satin is.
I've had it up to here with Terry, and I hope that the Mets front office can see this too. Terry is a good coach, but an absolutely horrendous in-game manager. He just doesn't understand the whole let the young guys play mentality. There was absolutely no reason to pull Wheeler in that situation, and I sincerely hope this will cost Terry his job.