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Valverde is still the closer

Jose Valverde allowed two home runs in the ninth inning Wednesday against the D-Backs.

Terry Collins later said Valverde will continue to be his closer.

Valverde let up three earned runs in his previous start, blowing a save opportunity against the Angels.





36 comments
WoodsideNative
WoodsideNative

This team needs to get away from any "closer" mentality. We haven't had a true one for many years and even ones who were stopped being one once joining the Mets.


If they insist on using "oldies" for relievers then they have to rotate them and stop putting all the eggs in one basket.


We have some good pitchers in the minors so what's the hurt bringing one or two up and throwing them in the bullpen first? Used to be the way a lot of teams did it.

tw22
tw22

Dude has been lights out except for two games, show me a closer who doesn't blow 5 saves this year and I'll buy you all a lollipop you can share so you can get off his d___.

triviaace
triviaace

Collins is an idiot and doesn't deserve to manage a Little League team, let alone a Major League one.  The soone the better to cut him loose for a "position" in the front office.

11gilkey
11gilkey

This guy is a disaster and it's only going to get worse.  I'm amazed he's had any success.  He's Benitez past his prime.  I love the youth movement.  Nothing says building for the future like having a bullpen of Valverde, Farnsworth, Lannan/Dice K, Torres, and Rice!

tone
tone

Mejia needs to be the closer and bring up montero to be the number 5. Case closed. Get rid of valverde who will only continue to struggle.. if mets were playing a better team yesterday, he would've blown the game.  Please can we have a young closer for once please.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

I don't understand the level of loyalty to a guy that's been with the team for 2 months.  He's been awful in nearly every appearance and it's but sheer luck he didn't get dinged until the Angel game.  


On the other hand, there's not much options and German actually has more value as a setup man in that he's not being managed to get ridiculous "save opps".

Pauly Pins
Pauly Pins

haa ok cool like it matters who closes in these games anymore just pitch a guy who gets out

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

The Valverde we've seen in the last few outings is the one we all dreaded. I really don't want to hear any of that Jim Leyland 'overworked' nonsense. The guy stinks, plain and simple. TC, in his great wisdom, has now brought him in TWICE in on-save situations. I really have no faith in the 'get him some work' rationale. Farnsworth will assume the closer's role by May 15.

Steven G
Steven G

Valverde is the closer. Just need to adhere to Leyland's advice - if he warms up, he has to go into the game. The Mets already have enough players who are unsure of their role (ie, first base, outfield). No need to mess with yet another player's head. Give him the vote of confidence.

Ron W. Davis
Ron W. Davis

honestly very few perfect closers . what have you done for us lately. if we win games even if he gives us some tense moments as long as we win thats all that counts.

mets2014
mets2014

For the time being, valverde is the best option for closer...of course that may change in june when the reinforcements come

George Coffin
George Coffin

He was awful in non save situations with the Tigers as well, this is nothing new

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

This blog as a whole has gone downhill

Bill Vanwormer
Bill Vanwormer

not as bad as Blownitez, but Jeff Walters in AAA is on the 40 man roster and he'll be up if needed or by the end of the year unless they get some closer off the trash heap.

justinb
justinb

We need to work on the Voting options on this site.  There is way too much degree of difference.  Why is it either "OMG he's the man", "He's starting to bother me" and "He is terrible send him to Binghampton"?


How about:


I'm Very Confident

I'm Confident

Too Soon to tell

I'm losing confident

I'm not Confident

Devin Brigham
Devin Brigham

Valverde is not an issue. Using Gonzales German in the 8th is what needs to happen. Let him build that 8th inning confidence. His change up is NASTY! He is the future of our bullpen.

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

He's done, the Mets tried, it worked for one game and now we see the same old Valverde.  Rather than wait around to "see" if he can turn it around lets see the accountability the Mets talked so much about.  Bring up one of the young guns like the Cardinals have done and have him pitch out of the pen.

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

Valverde is fine. The problem is the mets have been tacking on insurance runs which makes the game a non save situation. Valverde really struggles with non save situations; as do most closers.

tw22
tw22

@11gilkey Nothing says "I don't know anything about my team's minor leagues" better than your comment. Do some research, this isn't the Cardinals minor leagues, yet.

triviaace
triviaace

You hit the nail on the head!

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

@11gilkey I agree. The St. Louis Cardinals have made a habit of working their prospects into the bullpen with great success. And at little expense. Mets spend every bit as little and have had a revolving-door these past five years. I honestly thought it would take at least a month before Valverde wore-out his welcome.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

@Mike Dell Italia Bobby Parnell was this decade's version of Heath Bell. Had two or three years as an elite closer and then flamed-out. I will hate the Yankees until the day I shuffle-off this mortal coil but there is only one Mariano Rivera. Think of the parade of inept closers we've been watching since 1997.

Dante Puzzuoli
Dante Puzzuoli

German will be the closer in the next month or so I'll put my last dollar on it!

triviaace
triviaace

ADD:  I never had confidence.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@justinb  Yeah I really get irked by "pole-rization," like the survey taker is doing witchcraft with results.


Hey, stop socially engineering extremism in the fans for oversimplification, satirical purposes and put an option like "he's been effective enough, let's let him ride it until he looks unfit for the role."


Sheeez.

justinb
justinb

All that being said... I am in the too soon to tell category. I am not about to write someone off who might have a few bad outings during April.  We came into the season knowing April would be a brutal month because of the teams we are playing and now we are jumping on guys who are struggling some.

I like what he has been doing when in save situations for the most part.  Yes he blew a couple, but that happens to all closers.  When he is in the non-save situations he is struggling and that for some reason seems to plague all closers.  I don't get it, but it does.

11gilkey
11gilkey

@tw22  Nothing says "I'm a total a-hole" more than your comment.  I'm sorry I didn't know you were such an expert on our team's minor league system.  We have very good starting pitchers in the minor leagues, much like the Cardinals, who I'd rather run out there than the scrubs we are picking up off the scrap heap trying to salvage 75 wins.  I can't wait to see your list of the Mets top 20 prospects next season, whoever the f#$% you are.  Now go back to doing something you really know, sitting in your mom's basement jacking off to your baseball cards.   

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

@justinb  It is not too soon to tell.  If he was a young arm like Montero then I would agree.  This is a guy though who once was dominant and then lost his touch.  His main issue is giving up the long ball and guess how he has given up most of his runs?  The Mets need to show they are serious with accountability.  If you don't perform then you are gone.