Collins issues successful challenge; call overturned
Braves' B.J. Upton initially ruled safe on stolen-base attempt in first inning
NEW YORK -- With a 4-1 victory Wednesday night, the Mets won their third straight game against the Braves. They also won their third straight challenge against them, all at second base.
After overturning a safe call in Atlanta on June 30 and reversing a hotly contested "neighborhood play" call Monday night, manager Terry Collins, just 11 pitches into right-hander Dillon Gee's return from the disabled list, benefited from another successful replay challenge.
After Atlanta leadoff hitter B.J. Upton walked, he attempted to steal on Gee's first-pitch fastball to Andrelton Simmons. Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud threw a one-hop strike to Daniel Murphy covering second base, but Upton, sliding feet-first, was called safe.
Collins didn't wait to use his challenge right away and after a review of one minute and three seconds, the call was overturned, granting the Mets the first out of the game.
"I give credit to our video guy," said Collins. "He's really on top of stuff tonight. On B.J.'s play, as soon as [bench coach] Bob [Geren] picked up the phone, he said he's out, 100 percent out."
Collins then attested to his replay assistant's hesitance to challenge a play in the sixth inning, when Braves starter Ervin Santana picked off Murphy, diving back head-first, at first base.
"[Daniel Murphy's pickoff] play at first base, he said, 'I don't think they're gonna overturn it,'" said Collins of his conversation. "I know it's the sixth inning, I know the next inning the umpires are gonna take it over anyway, we had the middle of the lineup up. I knew all the factors, I just thought this was gonna be a real close game. I don't want to lose that challenge if they aren't going to switch it."
The Mets have gotten eight plays overturned in 17 challenges this season.
Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.