When it comes to stellar pitching rotations, Terry Collins wants equal time for his staff. He'd like to see them be the talk of major-league baseball.
Collins had his fill of questions about the aces of opposing teams when the Dodgers started Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in the weekend series against the Mets.
Kershaw tossed a three-hit shutout Thursday night, extending his scoreless streak to 29 innings, but on Sunday, the Mets ended Greinke's scoreless streak at 452/3 innings. Jacob deGrom threw 72/3 scoreless innings in the Mets' 3-2, 10-inning win.
"I would say that he was better,'' Kirk Nieuwenhuis said of deGrom. "And he's been doing it all year.''
Collins wants some props for his younger pitchers -- deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, who has a strained lat muscle, and Zack Wheeler, who is out until next summer after having Tommy John surgery.
"There'll be a lot of talk about 'well, we've got to face the Mets,' '' Collins said Sunday. "When our young pitching -- when they're all healthy -- there's going to be a lot of compliments being handed out. In the big picture of things, for the fan base of the New York Mets, it's going to be pretty fun to watch here in the very near future.''
Curtis Granderson said that time has arrived. "I've heard other players from other teams say it already,'' he said. "When I get to first base and talk to guys, when I get to second and talk to the second baseman and shortstop. It's been a conversation that's been happening.''
Faced with questions about Greinke's streak, deGrom politely complimented his opponent. "His streak was unbelievable,'' he said. Greinke leads the majors with a 1.37 ERA. DeGrom is second at 2.05.
Asked if he could mount a similar streak, deGrom said, "You never know.''