Terry Collins didn’t mince words Monday after the Mets committed six errors, including three in a brutal eighth inning, as the Marlins rallied for a 9-6 victory.
“Well, I’m not sure I can say it publicly,” Collins said, when asked what he was thinking when watching the game. “It was not a big-league baseball game. … It was ugly.”
The six errors were one short of the franchise record.
The Mets have made 32 errors since the All-Star break, which is the third most in baseball.
2B Dilson Herrera was charged with two errors, while Jeurys Familia, who took the loss, made two throwing errors leading to three runs in the eighth.
“I think I’m trying to be too quick,” said Familia. “Before I get the ball, I’m thinking, ‘I’ve got to throw perfectly.’”
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For instance, I want Eric Campbell in left field. The Mets need to see what he’s capable of. Well, we now know he needs to work on his diving catches, because he overshot a leap Monday that ricocheted off the heel of his glove and kicked off a disastrous eighth inning.
Familia then bounced a throw to Hererra at first, which the kid is almost certainly capable of picking up, but he didn’t. Again, he’s a kid, the big-league game moves fast and he’s still adjusting. Familia then bounced a pitch that got by Travis d’Arnaud, which lead to a run, which was followed by another bunt and another bad throw in the dirt from Familia. Frankly, these throws from Familia are a big concern, because he’s been doing it all season. It’s getting worse of late. It’s not there yet, but he’s getting close to Steve Sax, Mackey Sasser, yips territory, and the sooner the Mets handle this with him the better – especially since teams are going to soon start bunting on him just to make him throw.