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Jason Isringhausen has pitched in seven of the Mets’ last nine games. Terry Collins acknowledged on Saturday that he knows he has to find Isringhausen more time off.
Isringhausen may have shown signs of fatigue on Friday night. He entered the game with two out in the eighth and the Mets up, 3-2. He walked Dan Uggla and then threw a wild pitch, allowing him to reach second. He then got a routine groundball to shortstop off Alex Gonzalez’s bat, but it scooted under Jose Reyes' glove, allowing Uggla to score the tying run.
Isringhausen (1-0, 2.84 ERA) battled back pain in spring training so it behooves Collins to find him some time off. He entered play Saturday tied for first in the majors with 12 holds. He pitched a scoreless eighth to pick up the win against Pittsburgh on Thursday, his first in a Mets uniform since June 8, 1999 -- the longest gap between wins by a Mets pitcher in franchise history.
K-ROD TONGUE-TIED: Collins acknowledged that there’s a difference when Francisco Rodriguez pitches in a tie game, as opposed to coming in with the Mets ahead.
K-Rod gave up a go-ahead solo homer to Eric Hinske in the top of the ninth to snap a 3-3 tie. He then allowed two more runs as the Braves completed a come-from-behind 6-3 win.
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"That edge sometimes is not there” when Rodriguez -- or any other closer -- pitches in tie games, Collins said Saturday.
The Mets bullpen as a whole hasn’t had its edge lately. In the Mets’ last six losses at home, they have held a lead in the seventh inning or later. That’s a major-league record.
Collins suggested that Rodriguez’s recent oral surgery may have played a role in his poor outing on Friday. K-Rod had two teeth pulled on Wednesday morning. But the closer said he is no longer feeling the effects of the surgery.
He has saved 16 straight games. Despite his off night against Atlanta, he still earned a game finished Friday night. He is on pace for 63 games finished, eight more than the threshold for his contract to kick in at $17.5 million for 2012.