After delivering a pitch, the home plate umpire pointed at Robles and ruled the pitch a ball, which manager Terry Collins then argued on field.
"They said the hitter wasn't ready yet, so they called it a ball," Collins explained, which is essentially the same thing that happened to Robles on Aug. 25 against the Phillies. "You guys were in Philadelphia. We had exactly the same thing and it was no pitch. They threw their hands up and said, 'Hey, the hitter is not ready. It's no pitch,' and these guys say it's a ball. If it's a ball or if it's no pitch, somebody is wrong. I'd like to get it cleared up. All I said was, 'Hey, we just had this call two weeks ago and it's a no pitch. Now it's a ball.'"
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
Collins is right: he needs to get a direct answer because this is clearly going to keep happening. Robles does it a lot, and so Jeurys Familia. I'm not even sure it's some big strategy to keep hitters off guard, I just think they get ready quickly and when it's time to throw they throw. And look, if the hitter doesn't like it, he can call time.
The Marlins did this a ton during the series after the whole Phillies situation. Robles would set, the Marlins would step out. Robles would set again, the Marlins would step out. Marlins hitters decided to take that element of the game away from Robles and they did. It didn't matter, he still mowed them down.
I hate that this is all on the guy throwing the ball when it takes two to make an at bat. And, in either case, the umps should be consistent if they're ruling that it's a premature pitch.