NEW YORK -- These are tough times for the New York Mets. Tough times for manager Terry Collins, too, even if he did get a vote of confidence this week from general manager Sandy Alderson.
So it was hardly a surprise to see Collins end up with his first ejection of the season in the Mets' 3-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night, and hardly a surprise if he thought that even baseball's replay system is working against him right now.
Collins considers himself a replay supporter. "I think it's very good," he said, even after Wednesday's game.
But when a replay decision he considered clear-cut went against him in the fifth inning, Collins chose to come onto the field to challenge the ruling on his challenge. He did so, even though he knew the rules mandated that he would be ejected.
And he stayed on the field long enough to make sure that plate umpire Gary Cederstrom would kick him out.
"Gary handled it just like he was supposed to," Collins said. "He said, 'The play stands, and I've got nothing else to say.' I said, 'Well, I've got something to say."
The play in question involved Mets catcher Taylor Teagarden, who was leading off the fifth in a game the Mets already trailed 3-1. Teagarden hit a ground ball that was bobbled by Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds. Reynolds' throw to pitcher Wily Peralta arrived at first base at almost the same time as Teagarden, and umpire Angel Hernandez signaled out.
Replays showed the play was extremely close, but the Mets were convinced that they also showed that Teagarden was safe.
"I'll tell you, I've seen closer plays overturned," said Collins, who had plenty of time to watch the replays after he was ejected.
It was easy to see his frustration, but harder to make the case that this was a game-changing play. If Teagarden had been called safe, the Mets would have had a runner on first base with the No. 8 and No. 9 hitters due up.
They ended up with just five hits in the game, their seventh loss in the last eight games, falling back to a season-high seven games under .500.
But Collins said his frustration was simply about a call he believed should have gone the Mets' way.
"Sometimes, you've got to have an answer," he said. "They just said the play stands. It would be nice to know what angle they were looking at."
Collins said his faith in the replay system hasn't been shaken, but that he might take a day to go visit the replay center in Manhattan to try to learn more.
"I think it's been outstanding," he said. "I think the system works."
Right now, little is working for the Mets.
DeGrom hangs in there: Rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom remains winless, just the second pitcher in Mets history to begin a major league career with six straight winless starts (Chris Schwinden was the other). But deGrom pitched reasonably well again, just as he has done in each of his starts.
"I thought he pitched brilliantly to get himself out of trouble," Collins said.
DeGrom seems to be dealing well with the lack of wins.
"My job's to keep us in the games," he said. "I feel like the wins will take care of themselves. I feel like it'll happen soon."