TC on Pelf, other pregame tidbits
April, 6, 2011
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
"I thought Mike, he made a mistake, got a ball up to Buck -- tried to sink it away and the ball got up in the zone and he gave up the grand slam," Collins said. "But, otherwise, he kept us in the game. And I expect he will do that again tonight."
• As promised Collins is using Willie Harris -- not Lucas Duda -- in left field on Wednesday night. And the manager placed Harris in the No. 2 slot in the lineup.
"When I've written the lineup when Willie has been in the game, he really fits the two-hole better," Collins said. "He's willing to be selective at the plate. He'll take some pitches. If Jose [Reyes] is on, it gives Jose a chance to run. And Willie handles the bat. He does the little things. He's a baseball player. He plays the game to win. I mean, last night on the bench, when they were bringing the relievers in, he wanted to know to know what the pitches looked like. 'Was there much sink? Could you see this? Did he throw that?' He's prepared as anybody I've been around."
Collins continues to plan to sit Carlos Beltran on Thursday afternoon, which will allow Harris and Duda to play.
• Collins said he needs to get Francisco Rodriguez into Wednesday's game, even in a non-save opportunity, because the closer needs work to stay sharp. K-Rod has gone unused since blowing Saturday's save in Miami.
"He's had three days now," Collins said. "That's enough. Closers have got to get in there somehow."
• Asked what strikes him about facing Roy Halladay in the series finale, Collins said: "A no-hitter in the playoffs last year. That's the first thing that comes to my mind. ... There were three innings in a row where he didn't make one bad pitch. That was incredible."