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Who will close in 2015?

Jenrry Mejia’s turn at closer this season has gone better than expected, but when Bobby Parnell returns next season the plan is for him to get his old job back (Carig, Aug. 22).

Parnell is out for the season after Tommy John surgery but when he rehabs next year will do so as a closer.

“When Bobby Parnell comes back, he will be pitching during his rehab as if he’s the closer, because that’s certainly in our plan when he gets back,” Terry Collins told reporters before Friday’s game. “When Bobby’s ready, we’ve got a nice problem on our hands. But looking that far ahead, we certainly can’t have any idea who is the guy pitching in the ninth.”

Mejia, who has 18 saves and a 3.10 ERA out of the bullpen since taking over for Parnell in April, has fought through a multitude of injuries that has slowed him down. Durability remains his biggest question mark as the Mets are unsure if he can make it through an entire season as a closer.

Parnell, 29,  moved into the closer role last year and had 22 saves and a 2.16 ERA. He pitched 50 innings last year and struck out 44 batters.  Parnell pitched one inning on opening day, blowing the save in a 9-7 loss on March 31. He was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his elbow and underwent surgery to repair it in early April.


 




73 comments
Robert Fein
Robert Fein

Mejia should be the closer, plain and simple. We need someone with as much enthusiasm as him.


Robert Nolan
Robert Nolan

I don't think Parnell gets the job back.  I think the Mets have 2 better current options in Mejia and Familia and I think Familia is the better long term answer.  Parnell needs to work back from a major surgery and could be used as a setup man.  Maybe Mejia gets packaged in some sort of deal....???

Sergio Valdez
Sergio Valdez

I don't think there should be a set closer for this team in 2015. Parnell is coming off a major injury and Mejia has been mediocre as a closer this year. Familia should be given more opportunities to close this year as well. That way, the Mets will have at least 3 candidates for closer by the time 2015 comes around. However, that's an issue for 2015. Unfortunately, we're still here...in 2014..

Alex Cooper
Alex Cooper

I agree with Craig. Black Mejia Parnell and familia are all candidates and its a good problem to have. Let's focus on some offense this off season for the love of god.

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

Are we really gonna debate this? Parnell has never shown much even when healthy. All he has shown is he can throw one of the straightest fastballs I've ever seen in my life at 100 mph, good hitters can hit a straight fastball no matter how fast you throw it

Chris Brennan
Chris Brennan

Bobby Parnell wasnt exactly lights out when healthy. Then he had neck and Tommy John surgery. Im not exactly confident in his ability to come back.

matt greco
matt greco

not sure why terry is so worried about who is the closer next year, hopefully he won't be here...

bklynlou
bklynlou

Never mind closer will there 

Be a team to root for  in 2015  with upgrades we need closer isn't one of them  same old bull we want action get off your asses an do the right thing for this fan base the team we love......fan since 1962 an still love them then an now.......

Steve Hawk
Steve Hawk

Familla should close. He's our best arm by far out of the pen.

grillruben
grillruben

C. Jeurys Familia. Just a giant, giant dude throwing effortless gas. Seems like the pretty clear cut choice here.

Sean Lee
Sean Lee

I just saw that Colon has been placed on waiver. Almost certain that he will get claimed. Will Colon get traded or get pulled? SA is either lucky or one shrewd dude. His timing on putting Colon through waiver is superb. Once Richards got injured, there was a heightened interest in SP, especially Colon.

gpopper
gpopper

I just don't understand Collins and the Mets front office making all these announcements six months ahead of time. Usually, they wind up eating their words, which makes them look foolish ( not a hard thing to do in their case). Also, it undermines other players. Go to spring training with a plan and see how it comes out. Then go into the season with that plan set. Any of the four (Mejia, Parnell, Black, Familia) have what it takes to be the closer, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

No one knows what any of these pitchers will be like I. Spring training, especially Parnell. See what you have, make your decisions, and then make your announcements.

truth77
truth77

I am not excited about seeing Parnell.What I am excited to see is three ball players Matt Reynolds Matt bowman and  Dilton Herrera I have a  good feeling about Bowman He is going to be the next Jacob Degrom not talked about much  but can pitch.He  is pitching really good down in triple AAA throws 95 with control.Reynolds 4-4 last again 365 Double AA .350 triple AAA.Herrara looks like a steal in that trade.Hopefully these three are the real deal.

jenkins
jenkins

I lean to FAmilia finally, but we don't know if he has the closer ability to pitch the 9th inning under pressure at this point. I'd go into the spring with Mejia as closer. HE obviously loves the role. I'd have Parnell 2nd and Familia 3rd unless he closes more the last 5 weeks.


Some really good pitchers can't close-they're not built that way. Mets are rich in starters and closers.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

I will stick to my prediction that Parnell's days as a Met are over.  He will be traded to San Diego for a prospect currently playing in Low A at San Juan Capistrano. 

Brandon Hillman
Brandon Hillman

I like mejia in closer role for the simple fact he can throw four pitches. While flamia is electric and as a reliever 2 pitches are fine. I like the fact that mejia can essential face the same three hitters to close out all three games of a series but come at them a different way each time. Two pitch pitchers can not do that.

gts41
gts41

Parnell coming off TJ and Terry wants him to close? based on what? another reason he has to go. Parnell will be a nice addition to overall pen but you don't throw a guy coming off late April TJ surgery. into closer roles when you have younger better options. The mets pen will not be an issue in 15. It's the offense that needs help

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Hurricane said it below, Parnell is making 3.7M this year and is eligible for arbitration this offseason. How do they work that with him being out all year? And do the Mets bring him back?

jojo218
jojo218

closer we dont even know who our ss or lf is

jojo218
jojo218

i hope sandy knows this is what a complete colapse looks like

WoodsideNative
WoodsideNative

I'm tired of people, and this team, pumping up players who just adequate at best. Familia, Mejia, even Parnell at his best, are too inconsistent to fit the so called "closer" role.That said bringing up Viola and dumping Warthen would be the best news. 

Really though they need to be a leader for a change and dump the so called closer and get back to what worked for decades...pitch the hot hand.

cyjabeli
cyjabeli

Doesnt matter....We wont be in enough games to need a closer.....

hashburry
hashburry

How many games will there be to even save?

hashburry
hashburry

Why is this a discussion>  Familia is the answer.

hurricaneditka
hurricaneditka

Is it a given that Parnell will be back?  He is making 3.7 million and arbitration eligible, that seems a little pricey for our owners

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

I don't know who will be the closer next season. But, it is good to know that we have two guys capable of getting the job done.

pcubed
pcubed

Familia seems is a humble, soft-spoken, and consistent arm, unlike Mejia. I support Familia for closer. 

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

The closer is just a small issue to the large mess that this team currently is in. I mean to me....out of the 4 years since Alderson and Collins have been here, this season is arguably the worst. They really have not taken a step forward, will have roughly the same record and the same question marks if not more than before this season started.


Who is the SS? Who is the LF? Is this Duda the real Duda? Can Wright bounce back? Can D'arnuad finally realize his potential? Will Murph be traded? Can Lagares improve offensively? Which Harvey will we see? Is Wheeler ready to take the next step? Is DeGrom the real deal? Are Niese and Gee ready to be the vets of the rotation?


Way too any questions...and once again everything has to fall in place for this team to be competitive, and with the chances of them spending big money or making an impact trade very slim...what you see might be what we will get again....



Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

Since we're playing the pointless question game....

Who's going to start the first post season game for the Cleveland Browns this season, Hoyer or Johnny Football?

Who will offer the next cease fire agreement, Hamas or Israel?

Kevin Pitino
Kevin Pitino

Mejia has done better then expected? He puts on runners every time, and is a choke artist. If im the mets Vic Black is the man! Vick is clutch. and id put parnell as the set up man.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

Parnell shouldn't sniff the 9th inning.. he throws 98 straight, he'll never be a great closer

shoes
shoes

@Steve Hawk  100% right. Mejia is Valverde light. A clown who walks too many and gives up too many hits and RBIs. Interested to see if Familia can become the closer. 1-2-3 outs. "Put it in the books!"

Steve Hawk
Steve Hawk

Those are the exact 3 players I just told my son I wanted to see! I had never heard of Bowman but he's dominating in a hitters league. Very intriguing. Herrera could be really good.

Sean Lee
Sean Lee

@Brandon Hillman  I like Mejia as a closer too and his ridiculous celebration, makes me crack up every time.

JasonMiles
JasonMiles

@WoodsideNative You are kidding,right? They have done an excellent job for the Mets Familia has got  wicked stuff. maybe we're watching different teams

realityck
realityck

@hurricaneditka hes arbitration eligible, but wont get a raise,may stay the same or go down some.but still needs to be in our pen

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@Kevin Pitino Vic Black repeatedly puts runners on. Meija is playing hurt of late.  Famalia is pitching the best of late -- sometimes he makes hitters look silly.

realityck
realityck

@Steven Glansberg we don't need a great closer, we need a good closer, and with him in the pen we would have 3 good closers,possibly 4 counting black. pretty good pen, also room to trade too

surfer1
surfer1

@shoes 

A clown that's hurt and still pushes it....I'll take em every day,,,Mejia was great....yes great until he tried pitching with a hernia, leg muscle problems, sore back...He should have been on DL for a month... He's been one of the few Mets this year that has been exciting and fun to watch...Most others are boring...

Sean Lee
Sean Lee

@borsh13 That's why this is so intriguing to watch. At this point, Colon being traded is a high probability, IMO.

shoes
shoes

@Joe Paulson @Kevin Pitino  Mejia probably hurt himself dancing on the mound congratulating himself after giving up 2 runs and making a 3 run game into a 1 run game.

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

Yes he's good. Doesn't make him any less of a clown. If you're a good pitcher you don't need to bounce around and pump your chest after every save. When's the last time you've seen Kimbrel or Chapman bounce around like an animal after a save? Fire is good, but what he does is childish and amateurish.