Looking to protect his players, Terry Collins blamed himself for Friday's 10-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies -- specifically the decision to start Mike Pelfrey as he recovered from an illness and to use Dillon Gee in an unfamiliar relief role. Each pitcher was charged with four earned runs.
Collins had planned to start Gee and push back Pelfrey, but Pelfrey talked the manager into starting.
"It was my fault," Collins said. "I write the lineup. I didn't need to pitch him. I had a little concern there might be a problem. I know better than that. ... It was my responsibility to take charge of that and I sent him out there."
Pelfrey had eaten a full three meals on Thursday for the first time in at least a week and had dropped 11 pounds.
As for Gee, Collins made it sound like the right-hander needs to go to the rotation somewhere -- be that the majors or Triple-A Buffalo.
"You'd like to put guys in positions where they're most comfortable," Collins said.
Asked if that meant doing something different with Gee, Collins answered: "Until I talk with Sandy [Alderson] and see what our options are going to be ... " The manager did not complete the thought, but then added: "What you saw in that one inning is not Dillon Gee."
In that one inning, the control-oriented Gee walked two batters and hit Shane Victorino before serving up a grand slam to Ryan Howard. It was the 18th consecutive slam allowed by Mets pitchers since the last one hit by the Amazin's.