Prior to the third inning of Friday night's game in Washington, Santana took the mound with a piece of tape over the bright gold Rawlings logo on his black glove. Nats manager Davey Johnson had found the logo distracting and requested it be taped. Neither Santana nor Mets manager Davey Johnson complained about it after the game, a 6-4 Nats win, though Collins was asked about the issue prior to Saturday's game.
"I don't get into talking about other manager's moves, or what they've got to do," he said. "I've got my own problems. I worry about getting some hits right now."
Since beginning the year 13-5 against NL East opponents, the Mets are 8-20 over their last 28 games against division opponents.
Kelly Shoppach's seventh-inning home run on Friday was his first National Leauge homer. In his eight-year career, Shoppach's average of one home run every 22.1 at-bats as a catcher is the fourth-highest mark among active players with at least 1,000 at-bats as a backstop.