Collins regrets allowing Santana to throw 134 pitches in his no-hitter

Johan Santana no-hitter polaroidThis afternoon in Miami, Terry Collins said he regrets allowing Johan Santana to throw 134 pitches during his no-hitter last June.

“It turned out not to be a very good idea,” Collins explained to reporters. “A lot of people are happy they saw the no-hitter, but I wish he was starting today.”

According to the team’s beat reporters on Twitter, Collins expressed concern over Harvey’s high pitch count yesterday and will be monitoring him because of what happened to Santana last year.

Harvey threw 121 pitches over 5 1/3 innings yesterday.

Michael Baron, Contributor

I was somewhat surprised Terry allowed Harvey to go out for the sixth inning yesterday. He was sitting around 100 pitches after five, was laboring with his fastball, and it seemed like an ideal time to turn to the bullpen, despite their poor performance to date.

In the case of Santana and comparing the two, that just serves no purpose, and Collins should not be managing one situation based on the results of another player at another time. He also shouldn’t be beating himself up over it, either. Ultimately, neither decision would have been easy, and Terry would have been second guessed for taking Santana out. In the end, his decision to take a player out or leave him in should be based on his knowledge of the player, his in-game stress level, and the current situation in the game. Period.

As for Santana, I still have no problem with Collins letting Santana leave everything out there for his no-hitter. Sure, the results of most of his starts which followed were ugly and an argument can be made his latest capsule tear might have stemmed from that 134-pitch masterpiece. But a no-hitter is one of the finest achievements for any pitcher, regardless of the level, and everyone involved — including Collins — would be second guessing the decision to take him out to this day, if he had decided to do so.