Perhaps when Terry Collins’ days as a manager are over he can shift gears into meteorology.
Collins joked that he would want such a job after the Mets’ 7-6 comeback win over the Phillies on Saturday, which featured a 57-minute rain delay with two outs in the top of the eighth. The delay forced Collins to pull Paul Sewald once play resumed and turn to Addison Reed for a four-out save.
The manager was very animated in the dugout as the grounds crew was putting the tarp on the field and didn’t leave the dugout for quite some time, having a discussion with Sandy Alderson for a while. There was a brief downpour before the rain lightened up.
“I would say the timing of it would describe it pretty good,” a chuckling Collins said regarding his frustration. “The fact that we’ve got two outs and we needed one more hitter to get out of the inning. I didn’t see – it wasn’t raining very hard at the time. I got the explanation from the umpires that there was a storm moving in: Heavy, lightning, winds. And as amazingly as we see here often, it never came. I want a job as a meteorologist in this town.”
Collins said his team has played through much worse weather than what took place on Saturday.
“When you’re sitting there and you know if they stop the game you’re gonna lose a pitcher, yeah, bad timing,” Collins said. Sewald threw 17 pitches before the delay, giving up a hit and striking out two.
Reed struck out Freddy Galvis to end the eighth. Aaron Altherr led off the ninth with a double, a fly ball to deep center which Reed thought was going out of the park. But it just stayed in, and Reed got the next three batters out to shut the door. Reed earned his third save in as many days and now has 14 this season. He threw nine pitches on Thursday, seven Friday and 17 on Saturday. This marks the third time this season Reed has pitched three straight days.
The Mets’ fill-in closer has a 2.59 ERA this season and a 1.15 ERA over his last 14 appearances.
Collins is planning on staying away from Reed on Sunday, but Reed wouldn’t rule himself out for a potential fourth straight day.
“I’m gonna come to the park (Sunday) and throw before the game,” Reed said. “If my arm feels good I’m gonna tell him I’m ready to roll.”