Unfortunately, O'Flaherty never got to pitch to Bour, because the right-handed Prado delivered a walk-off RBI double to give the Marlins a 6-5 win in 11 innings.
"You just don't want him to get something good to hit because you've got Bour on deck," Collins explained. "You're starting to get a little thin down in the pen. So you think, 'Hey, at least let him face Bour with the slider.' That's who we were trying to get to."
Matthew Cerrone: At this point, there sort of decisions, and O'Flaherty, are a bigger threat to the Mets not making the playoffs than the Nationals. I understand wanting to get guys going and test relievers and figure out the bullpen, but how about they do it after they clinch a playoff spot? Can they lock it up first, then tinker with guys like O'Flaherty, who clearly is having trouble right now? I don't care that they have a five-game lead. That's not enough. It'll be enough when it's actually enough. The Nationals have won six of their last 10, the Mets have lost four of seven. This is not the time to do tricks on the high wire. Terry should be managing every game like it's his last...
That said, I can't say it's 100 percent his fault, because my hunch is he and the front office work closely - generally speaking - on how the roster is being used. In other words, I really hope these people get together soon and decide to do what's necessary to get into the playoffs, after which they can skip starts, experiment with the bullpen and rest guys for October. There are no guarantees here, so start acting like it.