Terry Collins didn’t second-guess his call to go to a righty to replace Jon Niese, even though he said he knew the Phillies would bring Ryan Howard to the plate. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel indeed brought the dangerous Howard off the bench, and he hit a tie-breaking, two-RBI double off Scott Atchison that doomed the Mets in their 5-1 loss yesterday at Citi Field. “I knew they were going to put Howard in. But Scott Atchison’s breaking ball is really difficult to hit. I don’t care who it is,’’ said Collins. “The issue is he fell behind and he tried to sneak a fastball by him and didn’t get it in. He didn’t make the pitch he wanted.’’ * The Mets managed just 14 hits in getting swept by the Phillies, their fewest in a three-game series since June 26-28, 2009 against the Yankees. They were outscored 18-5, and have lost nine of their last 10 to the Phillies. * David Wright had an RBI single in the first inning for the Mets’ only run, but his boot of a Carlos Ruiz grounder in the top of the inning snapped his string of 77 straight games without an error. That is a club record for third basemen, and had been the longest by any third baseman in the majors. * Ruben Tejada doubled twice and scored a run. Frank Franciso threw 25 pitches Saturday in Port St. Lucie, but still doesn’t feel great after what is an increasingly lengthy rehab. The Mets still have no clue when their nominal closer will return.
Collins knew Phils had Howard in hole
New York Post | Apr 29