July 5, 2012 12:00 AM
" On and around July 4 every year, there are public service announcements warning people about the dangers of playing with fireworks.
Mets manager Terry Collins, like all Americans, has heard those warnings on several occasions and he surely knows that winding up without any fingers is a real possibility if you choose to ignore those warnings.
Collins must wonder, though, why they never say anything about the people who are forced to play with dangerous fireworks.
Or, to stop the extended analogy, dangerous relief pitchers. Collins plays with fire every single time he raises one of his arms to summon a reliever from the bullpen and he got burnt badly on the Fourth.
The Mets turned a 2-0 lead after six innings into a 9-2 loss because their bullpen is the kind of oppressive horror show that makes you think that the non-relief portions of the Mets roster are going to file their own Declaration of Independence before too much longer. Wednesday's meltdown was as complete as it was predictable, starting with the decision Collins was forced to make in regard to Chris Young "
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