"I've got my own problems right now," said Leyland, as he scrambled to figure out a new lineup that could compete with the Yankees. "I'm not really worried about the other teams."
It's tough to blame Leyland for not being overly talkative about the Mets' feat; Austin Jackson, Andy Dirks, Gerald Laird and now Avila are all out.
However, Leyland is a good person to ask the question. Not only is he friends with Collins -- from 1992-93, Leyland managed the Pirates with a staff that included Collins, who wears No. 10 as a tribute to Leyland -- but the Tigers skipper frequently faces similar situations regarding Justin Verlander's pitch count.
"That's always a catch-22 for a manager," said Leyland, offering one more bit on the topic. "Damned if you do, damned if you don't."