Andres Torres led off for the Mets, followed by Jason Bay and David Wright, respectively.
Collins' thought process?
"We've got three guys who can do damage, maybe, against [Andy Pettitte], let's put them together," he said. "Let's see if maybe we can get this thing jumpstarted."
The Mets, who have lost five of their last six games, mustered only three combined runs in their first two games against the Yankees this weekend. Sunday's lineup was designed to face the Yankees' veteran left-hander -- Torres held a .314 batting average against southpaws entering the game.
"When [Torres] gets on, he scores. We win games," Collins said. "We've got numbers that show that when this guy scores runs, we win."
Bay went a combined 0-for-7 in the opening two games of the series -- the first two games Bay has played since fracturing a rib on April 23. But with Wright -- who hit his eighth home run of the season on Saturday and held a .355 average entering Sunday's game -- behind him in the lineup, Bay said he expected to get some good pitches to hit.
"I feel like my bat's getting better," Bay said. "First at-bat back was a little touchy, but I feel like it's gotten progressively better, and I'm just hoping to get to the point here where that's not an issue anymore."