Collins takes blame as Mets fall in Philly

Skipper says he shouldn't have started Mike Pelfrey or pitched Dillon Gee in relief

Updated: April 30, 2011, 10:17 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PHILADELPHIA -- New York Mets manager Terry Collins never wants to hang one of his players out to dry. He knows how predecessor Jerry Manuel got in trouble in his own clubhouse with his pointed comments in the media. So after the Phillies routed the Mets 10-3 on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park, Collins pointed his finger at himself for the defeat.

Looking to protect his players, Collins second-guessed allowing himself to be talked into starting Mike Pelfrey as the right-hander recovered ...

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