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Colon to Farnsworth to Valverde, go figure

Mets closer Jose Valverde loaded the bases in the ninth inning before locking down a win Tuesday night against the Braves.

“My team won, that’s what happened, that’s it, you know what I mean,” Valverde said, when asked after the game what happened in the ninth inning.

Bartolo Colon threw innings, Kyle Farnsworth threw one, I threw the ninth. Game over,” he added, with a hint of sarcasm.

Farnsworth, who was released during Spring Training, re-signed, sent to Triple-A and promoted last week, pitched a perfect eighth inning in advance of Valverde.

“I really don’t try to pay attention to velocity as long as I get people out,” said Farnsworth, who hit 93 mph with his fastball.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Think about this: Colon, who is 40, to Farnsworth, who is 38, to Valverde, who is 36, for the win against the Braves in Atlanta. If this past winter you predicted that would happen, go play the lotto, because you’re either really lucky or a psychic.

This is what it’s going to take to push .500 this season. It’s going to take surprise performances, guys stepping up, filling in, etc. I had scouts telling me in March that Farnsworth should consider retirement. I felt Bronson Arroyo would have been a better signing than Colon. Valverde looked washed up a few months ago. Yet, here we are… I don’t know how long it lasts, but, for now, I’ll take it.




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ElenaMBeaulieu
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brownbear7
brownbear7

I really would like to know what the rotation will look like next year. Obviously Harvey, Thor and Wheeler, but where do Mejia, Gee, Niese, Colon (if he is still here), and Montero stand. Montero has proven himself so far a solid control man and it makes sense to have a consitent pitcher in the rotation but it always seems that he is likely to be included in a trade. We have no LHP in the Minors ready to step in so i assume Niese will hold that spot but then what happens to your other pitchers? I'ts definitely a good problem to have and i know i got a bit ahead of myself but if someone could give me some insight i would sure appreciate it.


Lets Go Mets!

1harris1
1harris1

In seeing Farnsworth pitch early in spring training, it's amazing that he 's now our "eighth inning guy ". He was even released a couple of weeks ago because management didn't want to give him $100,000 for the right to keep him in the minors without subjecting him to being claimed by another team. Just comical.

Shawn Mike Rolli
Shawn Mike Rolli

40 the new 20 for colon looked like an all star for 1 game but nice to see him do well

vince1234
vince1234

Is it to soon to start fielding trade deadline offers for Colon?

TheTrueStork
TheTrueStork

I know that Alderson takes a lot of crap on this site, but think about where we'd be without Valverde.  We pretty much all thought that Vic Black would be backing up Parnell, but it's these "retreads" who have bolstered our 'pen.

eavdr10
eavdr10

This is all good and well, but not exactly a great scenario for  a team building for the coming years.

James Illya Uko
James Illya Uko

TDA just has to relax.  He doesnt have a bad swing, and it seems to lead to a lot of contact.  He just needs to aim for more of a line drive swing and not try to swing for the fences when hes gets a nice fast ball.  I just think hes pressing.  

metjetnet
metjetnet

Beware NL, the Mets' Young Guns appear unstoppable: "Colon, who is 40, to Farnsworth, who is 38, to Valverde, who is 36, for the win." Easy.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

Good to see TdA off the schneid. Hoping this is a the start of some multi-hit games. The thing I want most to see, in the near future, is EYJ off the field.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

Tejeda is an RBI machine!!!! I've been saying it all along.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

You want a "go figure" -- Tejeda in this game ... go figure. 

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

I think colon will last. As for farnsworth and valverde I don't know I hope so. They both look good tho. Both were hitting 94 mph last nite w good control so maybe they'll be solid all yr

Bob Giacalone
Bob Giacalone

Valverde has no out pitch. This won't last. Eventually, he's going to get himself in huge trouble.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Good win for Mets. If you remember, Braves weren't hitting early last year either. Better to get them now. I'll take it.

nagel100
nagel100

Colon was perfecto.  that was a great outing.  The Braves can hit ( except for BJ)  and he gave up only 6 hits and no inning with more than one.   he looks like a bargain at 10 million.


he will keep this up IMO and can be a very valuable trade chip.  I would not trade him unless we can put together a package for a bat for the OF.  the summer is fine.


the future at first base is Dom Smith.  I prefer Ike over Duda but in 2016 Dom should be starting.  clearly a shortstop is still required.

metfan1969
metfan1969

Way to go Travis. Keep making contact. The rest will come later.

Way to scalp those Braves, Colon.

nc95
nc95

I think colon and valverde are great for the team they remind everyone thats its just a game and to have fun

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

"This is what it’s going to take to push .500 this season. It’s going to take surprise performances, guys stepping up, filling in, etc."


I agree with Matt on this, but is anyone else as offended as i am by the sheer notion of this?  This major market team has to win games by surprise?  JUST to get to .500??  There is something incredibly wrong with that isn't there?   In my mind..the moniker 'the Amazin's' will always be a gift and a curse.  Because more times than not this team is apt to live up to it....INSTEAD of just being a powerhouse.

Andy
Andy

Alderson won't call up the young arms until 2020, so we have to deal with this. Every year it's the same under the Alderson regime: bring up the prospects only in late August/September.

upstater
upstater

These guys are pros and they know how to win, and they will win, sometimes. It's not a foundation for the future, but it is a way to not be awful. The scary part is that we keep waiting for that future foundation to appear but it hasn't yet. Winning with these guys is nice but it doesn't provide any hope that the team is moving in the right direction.

adam
adam

That should be our motto,"Go Figure"

ken1010
ken1010

Valverde seemed perfectly calm when the bases were loaded.  The nice thing about these "old" guys is that the pressure is not going to get to them.  They might win or loose, but they are not going to melt down.   Break down, maybe, but not melt down.  Let's hope we have some meaningful games for them to play in September.

Lets Go Mets!
Lets Go Mets!

Who here feels the Mets Mojo???  Come on Met fans...

we are STRONG!

we are INVINCIBLE!!!

Aurora Snow
Aurora Snow

OK, and say we get to .500? Does the team get a .500 prize in the mail? That's the problem, Cerrone. .500 is our absolute ceiling, and it's more likely that Elvis is still alive than we hit it. How about a realistic article, once in awhile, instead of this non-stop, Peter Pan shi t?

1940isdead
1940isdead

He has to get rid of the yips when he throws to 2nd.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

One of those weird games where it's Hank Aaron night so you think beating the Braves that one night, might be a bit distasteful, and yet that's the outcome, somehow.

drmetfan
drmetfan

Experience, experience, experience. And it so happens that all 3 guys can still pitch effectively. The Mets should go and sign Dotel to a minor league deal and send Germen to Vegas. 

Charlie Callahan
Charlie Callahan

Love it. Great game last night. Baseball is full of surprises. Hopefully we have a few more up our sleeve. Nice to see Tejada,  TD have a good game. 


I'm sure the negative nancy's will find something to bitch about. 

1harris1
1harris1

Never too soon, but he might be of value to keep. Colon can still pitch, and he 's on a two year deal . He could be part of a really good rotation next season with Harvey and Syndergaard.

metjetnet
metjetnet

@Mike Dell Italia You can always clearly see every guy's skills fade with age at every level, even in your local park softball leagues, where guys can still play well far into middle age. But even in those leagues, I've played with & against certain guys -- not always, but often, Latino immigrants or 2nd Gen. -- who never age on the field, and simply seem to become wiser & craftier, and much more successful, in their later years until they simply can't go any longer & they just bow out. I've seen guys throwing well into their 60s & still stay nearly unhittable, frustrating all manner of testosterone-laden younger guys. 

It strikes me that this must come from the culture of baseball & the high love & respect the game has south of our border, where the love of the game still borders on national manias. In these societies, BB is simply FUN, a PARTY in fact, much as it was in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th Century. There's pressure, for sure, but it appears to be a have-fun but make-your-family-proud, love-of-team, love-of-city, love-of-country pressure, rather than the singular, you've-gotta-be-the-best-or-you-fail individual pressure currently in vogue in the U.S. This is clearly on display for us here, now that MLB shows the Carib. Series & the WBC. 

Colon has much to teach the others on the Mets' staff. Not only how to set up & frustrate hitters into irrelevance, but how to relax, let the game come to you &, ultimately, HAVE FUN on that mound! Watch Colon between pitches. He could be standing, playing in his backyard picnic game, throwing to his cousin. He's obviously enjoying himself -- and the game of it. 

Considering the pressure cooker these young guys on our staff have been put through on their way to Flushing, this is an almost unbelievable, revolutionary & extremely subversive mindset. Gee should be the first to pick up on it, as his game is closer to it to begin with. But you take the wound-up tops like Harvey & Wheeler, or especially Famiglia, and have them pick up Colon's strong belief that he's the ruler of that moment and his supreme, relaxed confidence for themselves, and look out. 

Sub-Prime Field could be rocking for many years to come.

James Illya Uko
James Illya Uko

@C.K. Dexter Haven  If we have a .500 record, that would be great.  Besides the middle of the bullpen, especially the specialists like scott rice, I think our pitching staff is legit.  Niese looked great. Colon looked nice.  Even wheeler wasnt too bad until the implosion.  Wright looks like hes on a little schneid, but i like grandersons a bats, i love lagares approach adn think hell be a nice surprise.  Wait what am i talking about again lol?  But yea it sucks that we have to try hard to get to .500

Lets Go Mets!
Lets Go Mets!

@adam  How about this motto for the 2014 Mets:


"We are your 2014 Mets

We are STRONG!

We are INVINCIBLE!!!"

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

I would like to but unfortunately seen this before, decent start horrible finish hopefully this year is different. Go mets

fertiect
fertiect

Finally, something positive. Winning is fun, especially against the Braves!!! Thx Lets Go Mets!

Bob G
Bob G

@Charlie Callahan  Yes sir..the negative Nancy's. The people who have been Met fans for years and would like to see their team have a chance to win something, not keep their fingers crossed that a miracle will get us to .500. If this is the team you want, you deserve it. I hope you pay a few hundred bucks to take your family to see a game. 

Bob Giacalone
Bob Giacalone

@Eric Koeller @Bob GiacaloneTrue. Problem with Valverde is that this has already happened to him in the American League. The NL hitters are going to catch up to him. Interesting analysis of Valverde yesterday by John Smoltz on the broadcast--he's not horrible, but he's not going to be the answer for long.

tullers
tullers

@mikesml  What makes you think there's no room in the rotation?  Why can't he be called up to work out of the BP.  With or w/out the young arms, this is not a playoff team this season whether it's 90 wins or 90 losses.

brownbear7
brownbear7

Bob G. It's called being optimistic and positive. We all want the Mets to win, that's a given. But what's the point in being so negative night after night win or lose. This team obviously has a slim chance to contend for the wild card especially with the strong NL Central. I feel like it is a big deal if we finish above .500 seeing how we haven't in 4 years straight. I'm frustrated just like you are but I want to sit down and watch every game start to finish and feel like we are going to win. I love the Mets and I love rooting for them. I also love being positive. Let's Go Mets

brownbear7
brownbear7

@anymos  well lets take the braves for example with Kimbrel. Has anyone really had any success against him? Mariano had a long a prosperous career and hardly ever blew a save. I'm not saying that Valverde is anything like these guys but in my opinion, he can hang in for a season at the most, as long as his velocity doesn't dip too much further.

anymos
anymos

@Bob Giacalone @Eric Koeller How many closers are a long term answer?  It seems like the Cards fill this role with someone different every year. 

10sfilter
10sfilter

@fhc1224 The Mets lost Modells as a sponsor, one of their biggest ones.  I'm pretty sure their advertising revenue is down.  Just look on SNY during a game, they have filled the commercial breaks with please come to games commercials.    The MLB players union will be upset that a NY based team can't bring their clients any endorsement money.  They had to settle on WOR cause no one else wanted to pay for them on radio.  The Mets are in the bottom of teams to see at other ballparks so other teams owners will be upset that the Mets are not a draw.    Selig's successor will hopefully have to do something about a low drawing, bankrupt NY team.

Charlie Callahan
Charlie Callahan

@upstater @fhc1224  I respect your passion but your mistaken about ownership not trying. Amount of payroll does not equate to how hard they are trying. Spending big is what got us in trouble in the first place. I prefer they spend smart then just spending to spend. If there was a free agent out there that would put us over the top they would go for it. I think you will see some more spending this off-season when we have a realistic chance of being serious contenders and real talent on the market. 

upstater
upstater

@fhc1224 I certainly respect your right to believe as you believe, but I have been a fan longer than you -- since day 1, in fact -- and I can recall another era when ownership didn't give a hoot about the team and the fans. I don't mind if the team loses -- I rooted for them in 62 and in the 70s and in the 90s, and through the Minaya era, when they were bad. What I mind is ownership not trying and this ownership is clearly not trying. For a NY team to have the 4th lowest payroll in the NL is simply not trying. It's abuse. It's like a landlord not making an apartment habitable. If they were trying and losing, I'd be quiet -- sad, but quiet.

fhc1224
fhc1224

@upstater  @upstater I am tired of people like you that tell fans to stop going to games and stop supporting the teams to get the owners to sell.  I don't like the ownwers but nothing the fans do will change that.  they could draw 10,000 a game and it won't matter.  the revenue they recieve from stadium advertising, naming rights, tv and radio contracts both locally and with MLB, SNY, MLB revenue sharing  & assistance will always outwiegh the loss of fan revenue. the Wilpons will not be selling this team based on fan attendance, it just gives them a reason to spend less.  I root for the Mets team not the owners.  I have been for 48 years,  It doesn't matter if the lineup had Seaver, Koosman, Jones, Agee & Clenndenon or Doc, Darling, Carter, Hernandez, Strawberry & Mookie or Piazza, Alphonso, Ventura, Olerud, Hampton & Lieter or Pepe Manuel, Mazzilli, Stearns, Flynn, Swan & Lockwood or Wright, Murphy, TDA, Granderson, Colon, & Wheeler.  They are still my Mets and I will watch every game I possibly can, either on SNY or in person.  I am a fan & support the players and the team no matter who they are.  I will always try and be otimistic for the team itself.  I could care less about the ownwers and nothing any fan does will change what they do.  They are mutimillionairs for a resaon.  what you or I think of them or would like them to do matters as much as building a snowman in hell.  Just a waste of time & energy.  As soon as you realize this, you maybe able to enjoy the team that is here,  A young growing team with more high level prospects coming.  Supporting them does not mean you condone the ownership and its actions.  It just means you are a Mets Fan.

upstater
upstater

@brownbear7 Every time you are optimistic, you are telling the owners that they can make money hand over fist without spending to create a winner. And that makes more of the same more likely. If everyone would stop going to games, they would have to sell or spend. So go ahead and be optimistic, but please remember that you are perpetuating losing.