Terry Collins Takes Blame For Santana’s Rough Start


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Marc Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Johan Santana had a week’s rest before he took the ball on Friday night against the Yankees, but even with all that rest, Santana was not effective.

Santana (3-3) gave up back-to-back-to-back home runs in the Mets 9-1 loss to the Yankees but his manager Terry Collins was the one who took the blame.

“I am responsible for the way he pitched,” Collins said. “He was rusty. The command of his stuff was not as sharp as it’s been the past three or four or five starts. It was my doing tonight.  We erred on the side of caution, and it cost us the game.”

But Santana didn’t feel his manager should get the fingers pointed only at him.

“We’re in this together. It’s not just me or him or just one guy. We win or lose together … This is a tough one, but we’ve just gotta continue playing,” Santana said.

Santana is coming off Tommy John surgery and his last start, in which he threw the first Mets no hitter in franchise history.

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