Of course, heads must roll. Blame must be affixed.
The Mets lost, 5-4, Wednesday night to the Colorado Rockies -- a very nice team, judging by their 8-2 record that leads the National League West. Among the Mets' miscreants had to be pitcher Jon Niese, who threw the pitch that Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki slipped into the seats just inside the right-field foul pole with two outs and two on in the fifth inning.
That home run turned a 3-1 Mets lead into a 4-3 Colorado lead.
Niese’s fault? Or manager Terry Collins' -- for allowing Niese to pitch to Tulowitzki, who had singled and doubled in his first two at-bats?
"I wanted to pitch to him," Niese said.
How about this for a post-game analysis? There was another major league team on the field that made just enough plays to win.
"You’ve just got to tip your cap to [Tulowitzki] and go after the next guy," Niese said.
Mets catcher Josh Thole thought Niese made the right pitch. "We were hoping for a pop fly to right, but the ball just kept going."
Collins declared that "it’s time to start making pitches, it’s time to start getting two-out hits." Realizing, surely, that the other team always believes it is time to stop such attempts.
"Their pitcher tonight -- [Esmil] Rogers -- had great stuff," said Mets centerfielder Angel Pagan, who went 2-for-2 with a run scored and RBI. "You just have to turn the page. Whatever happened tonight, happened. You have to look forward to tomorrow. Fight back, trust yourself, trust your team."
And blame the loss of having played a good Colorado team.