Did Mets rookie lefthander Steven Matz try to talk Terry Collins out of pulling him from Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday night, when he was one out shy of qualifying for the victory?
The Mets manager laughed when someone asked him that after Friday's workout at Citi Field. That is because 24-year-old rookies who have been in the majors for less than four months don't have that kind of leeway.
Anyway, it worked.
Collins removed the Ward Melville High School product with runners on first and second and two outs, with the Mets leading, 6-1. Bartolo Colon ended the threat by striking out Kris Bryant and eventually got credit for the victory.
Collins remains high on Matz and already is looking forward to what he can do in 2016.
"This kid, he dominated a darn good lineup, impressively," Collins said, referring to Matz's hitless first three innings against the Cubs. "That's why I say, we get this kid out there 28, 30 times next year, he can win a lot of games."
Matz likely will start Game 4 of the World Series. As usual, Collins will be looking for five or six good innings from him.
"I like our bullpen, but if you can get us through the sixth inning or to the sixth inning, I'll take my chances after that," Collins said.