New York Mets manager Terry Collins was livid after pitcher Noah Syndergaard was immediately tossed from Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers forr throwing a pitch behind Chase Utley. Following the game, Collins was blunt about how he felt the umpires handled the situation.
“Last night at home plate, the umpires had no idea about anything,” Collins said. “So to all of a sudden assume that was intentional—whether it was or not—with no damage done, I was a little surprised by it.”
The incident seemed to bring to a boiling point the conflict between the Mets and Utley, who broke shortstop Ruben Tejada’s leg on a hard slide in the playoffs last year.
Syndergaard denied intentionally throwing at Utley, saying that the pitch simply got away from him.
“I’m not going to sit here and say Noah threw at him,” Collins said. “I’m not going to do that. But there was a time in this game where you had a shot.
“Nothing happened. The ball went to the backstop. So that was kind of my argument.”
Utley ended up hitting a solo shot and a grand slam in the game, as the Dodgers won 9–1.