PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - The Mets got their first taste of expanded instant replay Friday.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny used his challenge and was unsuccessful in overturning an out call on an attempted steal of second by Mike O'Neill in the eighth. Umpires took two minutes to uphold the call.
Mets manager Terry Collins did not challenge the call after Eric Young Jr. was thrown out trying to steal second for the third out of the third inning. Replays seemed to indicate Young was safe, but Collins later said he was told by the umpires that they would not have overturned the call because the visual evidence was not indisputable.
Because it was the third out of the inning, Collins said he had to decide within 10 seconds whether to question the call because the Cardinals were coming off the field. The Mets monitoring the TV feed in the clubhouse did not see a replay because SNY went to commercial.
"The third out of the inning, you've got to respond immediately so the other team doesn't go off the field," Collins said. "I could have went out there and stood out there for a while until [SNY] came back."
But he chose not to because it was a spring training game and everyone is getting used to the new system.