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Hansel Robles gets more flak about quick pitches

CINCINNATI -- New York Mets reliever Hansel Robles is becoming a magnet for quick-pitch blowback.

Plate umpire Adam Hamari objected Thursday to a quick pitch from Robles to Jay Bruce in the eighth inning of the Mets' eventual 6-4 win against the Cincinnati Reds.

After Hamari ruled the offending pitch a ball, manager Terry Collins came onto the field to object. When Robles had his original quick-pitch flap in Philadelphia on Aug. 25, on a fastball to Darin Ruf that prompted Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa to go ballistic, the umpiring crew ruled it no pitch -- not a ball.

"They said the hitter wasn't ready yet. So they called it a ball," Collins said about Thursday's crew. "You guys were in Philadelphia. We had exactly the same thing and it was no pitch. They threw their hands up and said, 'Hey, the hitter is not ready. It's no pitch.' And these guys say it's a ball. If it's a ball or if it's no pitch, somebody is wrong. I'd like to get it cleared up. All I said was, 'Hey, we just had this call two weeks ago and it's a no pitch. Now it's a ball.'"

Why is Robles' getting so much flak for a practice that is relatively common and is used by veterans such as LaTroy Hawkins?

"He's a little quicker than normal guys," Collins said about Robles.