Terry Collins takes full blame on his decision to send Matt Harvey back on the field

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Mets manager Terry Collins said it was his decision to send Matt Harvey on the field to pitch the ninth inning in Game 5 of the World Series.

At first Collins told Harvey he was not going to pitch anymore after eight scoreless innings, but changed his decision after a request from the ace.

After 30 years of World Series Championship drought, the Kansas City Royals won 7-2 after 12 innings at Citi Field.

“He just came over and said, ‘I want this game. I want it bad. You’ve got to leave me in,'” Collins said. “I said, ‘Matt, you’ve got us exactly where we wanted to get.’ He said, ‘I want this game in the worst way.’

“So, obviously, I let my heart get in the way of my gut. I love my players. And I trust them. And so I said, ‘Go get ’em out.”

After this, Harvey allowed a leadoff walk to Lorenzo Cain, who is an agile player,  a stolen base and an RBI double to Eric Hosmer. Then closer pitcher Jeurys Familia entered the field and allowed the run that tied the game.

“If you’re going to let him just face one guy, you shouldn’t have sent him out there,” Collins said about the decision not to lift Harvey after the leadoff walk. “When the double [was] hit, that’s when I said, ‘I’ve got to see if we can get out of this with only one run.’ And it didn’t work. It was my fault.”

Harvey worked hard at the beginning of the game, and the Mets were leading 2-0 in the ninth inning, with Harvey’s pitch count at 102. Fans at Citi Field cheered when they saw Harvey going back on the field for the ninth.

“I would ask for the ball every time,” Harvey said. “Going into the ninth, I felt great. I felt like my mechanics, everything was right where I wanted it to be. As a competitor and as a person, I always want the ball. That’s what I’ve said all year long. In this situation, I wanted the ball. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.”

When he was asked if it was fair for Collins to take all the blame for the decision, Harvey said “I think there’s a lot of fingers to point at. I wanted the ball. In that situation, I did everything I could to go back out there.”

“In a perfect world, it would have been a lot different,” Harvey said. “It’s kind of how it played out. I wanted the ball. He obviously wanted to go to Familia there. But the way the game was going, and the way I felt, I felt like I wanted to control the game and go out there for the ninth.”

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