Collins ejected for arguing balls and strikes

Collins ejected for arguing balls and strikes

NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected after the seventh inning of Monday's 4-3 loss to the Giants for arguing balls and strikes.

For much of Monday's game, the Mets appeared to take issue with home-plate umpire Ben May's strike zone. Third baseman David Wright exchanged more than a few words with May after the umpire rung him up on a called strike three in the third inning, and may have been ejected had third-base coach Tim Teufel not interfered. Four innings later, Lucas Duda more subtly argued with May following another strikeout.

Collins began hollering to May from the dugout after Duda's strikeout, eventually emerging onto the field. May ejected him between innings.

"The ball to Lucas was quite obviously low," Collins said. "One of the things you try to say is, 'Hey, this is a big part of the game here. These guys are paid to swing the bat. They don't want to walk. If that pitch is that close, Lucas Duda would have been swinging.' That was pretty much my version of it."

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.