Valverde will continue to be the closer

Jose Valverde gave up a three-run home run to Raul Ibanez with two outs in the bottom of the ninth that tied the game, blew the save and pushed the game into extra innings.

Terry Collins later said Valverde will remain his closer >> Read more in the Star-Ledger

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Valverde has earned the opportunity to continue in this role. It’s one game. I’m sure he’ll be fine. But, if he stumbles again, I’m all for trying out Gonzalez Germen, who has looked terrific for a while now. That pitch he threw to Mike Trout was impressive.




46 comments
Shawn M. Milburn
Shawn M. Milburn

Also, it's one save and against a dangerous hitter. Even Mariano blew games, remember last year at Citi Field?

Shawn M. Milburn
Shawn M. Milburn

Germen sucks!. Just overpay for Hanrahan. On side note, we've seen enough of Ruben Tejada, time to sign Drew who's just chillen in free agency

hashburry
hashburry

Once again, Metsblog pandering to the extremists.  This site is turning into Fox or MSNBC (take your pick defending on which way you lean) with our very own Hannity or Sharpton.

hashburry
hashburry

Earned it as opposed to who?  They have no one else to run out there so of course they will let him run with it until he keeps surviving or totally implodes.

C Nerrie
C Nerrie

I, too, was a bit startled by the statement, "I'm sure he'll be fine." Isn't that what parents say to their children (or what we say to ourselves) to calm their/our fears - without really addressing the issue?

Matthew, again I wonder if the blog can't do an analysis of Valverde's pitches. From what I'm reading, he's had a very interesting journey these past few years.

There's a detailed analysis by Patrick O'Kennedy dated June 12th 2013 titled, "Jose Valverde's splits and his splitter reveal big issues." This article has a different conclusion from some of the previous quotations I've  posted.  Here he concludes that the home runs that were Valverde's problem in the playoffs in 2012 and in spring 2013 were hit off the splitter. 

In other words, Valverde WAS throwing the splitter, but instead of swings and misses, he was getting an extremely high percentage of swings and home runs.  I think I read elsewhere that his splitter wasn't "falling off the table" the way it's supposed to. 

Was that a splitter last night? It looked low in the strike zone, but it didn't seem to be falling off any tables.

openmind6
openmind6

What dummy reporter asked if Valverde would still be the closer?

He has been better than expected, last night was just one game.

Talk about overreacting.

xplr
xplr

First of all, it was one bad outing.

Second of all, there is no one else.

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

The big question is, will Recker continue to be the catcher. One can only hope. I think that this d'Arnaud is the second coming of Don Bosch.

Oh please Matt the guy blew one save and you are thinking about replacing him.  Relax Valverde is using the splitter now he is gonna be an all-star this year!!

lindro88
lindro88

Maybe people are under the illusion that other closers don't do the exact same thing. Two nights ago the best closer in the NL almost coughed it up to the bottom of our lineup. Several have already been replaced including the great Billy Beane's. 7 or 8 million dollar man Jim Jonson. Valverde is the best we have right now, regardless of last night. It's like some of you just started watching baseball.

j0sHi328
j0sHi328

Oh please shut up! it's one game those of you already complaining about Valverde are ridiculous. He blew 1 save, it would be erroneous to replace after only 1

Marc Seldin
Marc Seldin

It's been what? 11 games or so..we've seen worse..he deserves a chance..

mets2891
mets2891

I mean, if anyone thought that Valverde was going to be a shutdown closer the whole season I'm sure the Wilpons have some real estate in Arkansas to sell you.

Alex Cooper
Alex Cooper

He's been good so far. He better start throwing more breaking balls though. All those fastballs won't last the season..

John Cross
John Cross

It was only one blown save, so there's no reason to replace him already. Not to mention there's nobody else who can be counted on to close. They still need to get insurance for him though, or at least a set-up man who can step in if necessary.

bleck319
bleck319

Valverde = meth dealer for Heisenberg in New Mexico

Randy Fernandez
Randy Fernandez

He only blew one save so far, nobody in this league is Mo

adam
adam

Cerrone, "I'm sure he'll be fine." Really?? How did you come to that conclusion. Because his stellar performance the last couple years? His 1 pitch arsenal of fastballs? He's our closer because we don't have a closer.

A Pocono View_
A Pocono View_

I don't know about that germin..?While he's had some good innings, he's also been quite scary also..

hankypanky
hankypanky

The Whiner of the Month Award should go to the blogger who complained about Terry's bringing in Germen to pitch to Trout, one of the deadliest hitters around. Ready for this? He complained AFTER Trout hit into a double play. Are these guys brain-dead or what?

Edmahn
Edmahn

And I thought it was safe to go to bed in the top of the 9th.... 

No wonder I had a dream about Armando Benitez.

Reina Schuldiner
Reina Schuldiner

Terry has to go, you try out in ST not in playing time.  The catcher doesn't hit but the backup has a better avg. so he sits.  The merry go round at first is a joke.  Omar seems to hit better than Tejada.  His managing of the bull pen is also a joke.  Who is the hitting coach?

And no one cares about us poor fans who want more than a minor league team.  I think after all Sandy promised us, he failed!


I live with Yankee fans and I am ready to convert!  So sad

Peter Loibl
Peter Loibl

What has Valverde earned? That's 8 baserunners allowed his past 3 outings. If that's earning a job, I really need to consider changing careers.

eric88
eric88

Who else, they have run out of other minor league contract guys.

Charlie Hangley
Charlie Hangley

Valverde HAS earned it.  The walk to Aybar -- the key to the inning, IMO -- was a tactical mistake.  If he'd come right after him, rather than try to be too fine, the worst that happens is the Mets win 6-5 in regulation.

openmind6
openmind6

@hashburry


That is an excellent comparison. I hate the fact that there needs to constant analysis and reporting here. Trying to create drama and conflict when there is none, does remind me of the 24 hours "News" stations like Fox and MSNBC.

Michael J. Fenster
Michael J. Fenster

I'd like to know about this splitter that ain't splittin.....

Also, if the mets don't get hanrahan, they ain't serious about contending. You can never have enough pitching. Especially when the braves get guys like Santana who looked like the second coming of seaver out there last week. PITCHING PITCHING PITCHING

And Parnell is hurt and lannan will be done in a month and germen may or may not pan out and familia could implode at any time and this is a run on sentence.

lindro88
lindro88

Why don't you make a list of "shut down" closers. It's going to be very short. This happens every night to a different team. If Vlverde starts blowing one after another, they'll give someone else a shot.

lindro88
lindro88

The comments during these games are so bad it's embarrassing.

lindro88
lindro88

You should convert. Considering you seem to have no clue anyway, might as well have a better team to watch.

bleck319
bleck319

You deserve to be waterboarded more than Jeff. May Dick Cheney come knocking at your door.

B Rizos
B Rizos

Don't need any more whiny fans see ya.

lindro88
lindro88

That's what closers do. Every once and a while watch a team other than the Mets.

Rick Rimpici
Rick Rimpici

@Charlie Hangley  I don't know that Valverde has EARNED anything. But, I do agree with you that the walk to Aybar is what really did him in. That said, the biggest at bat of the night was Murphy's K in the 9th with 1 out and the bases juiced. He must at least put the ball in play in that situation. If he pushes a run across, even with an out, they still have the lead in spite of the walk to Aybar. 

Alexander Scienski
Alexander Scienski

I'm still undecided on valverde. He has got some outs in big spot spots but at the same time it seems like he never hits the catchers glove. I remember on opening day when he struck someone out to end the inning with the bases loaded the catcher was set up on the outside corner and the ball ran inside. Just an observation.

Rick Rimpici
Rick Rimpici

@Alexander Scienski  Absolutely agree. I am not a fan of this guy. Unfortunately, until Black can throw enough strikes to stay with the big team, Valverde's really all we've got.