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Mets sticking with Jose Valverde as closer despite homers

Apr 17, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Working in a non-save situation with a five-run lead last night Jose Valverde served up a pair of home runs to the Diamondbacks before eventually finishing up a Mets victory. He now has a 6.14 ERA in seven appearances, including allowing three homers to the last eight batters he faced, but manager Terry Collins is sticking with the 36-year-old in the closer role.

Collins excused Valverde’s performance last night, telling Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that the non-save situation probably removed the right-hander’s adrenaline.

It’s not as if the Mets have any slam-dunk options to replace the injured Bobby Parnell as closer and if they thought Valverde was the best choice for the job a week ago his giving up a few homers shouldn’t really change that, but there’s little evidence to suggest that he’s still a late-inning caliber reliever at this point, adrenaline or not.

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  1. doctorofsmuganomics - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    ha mets

  2. alkaline19 - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    If you can’t get pumped up entering a MLB game, even if it’s a non-save situation, then the ship has passed and it’s time to move on.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Ask Detroit how much better he gets with Adrenaline.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      Makes him wild pitch like a boss.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        What kind of dance does he do when he coughs up back to back homers, I wonder. Does it resemble the little cock strut he does after each and every strikeout?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        It’s a squat.

  4. historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    /suffers flashbacks, freaks out and comes to in a sweat

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      You look like you just saw Evan Reed in a dark alley

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        Not gonna lie, it’s kinda awkward watching him pitch now. I hope this doesn’t drag out forever and they get on with the investigation. I’d rather have it out so I can hate him or root more enthusiastically. I don’t want a World Series buzz tainted with an arrest in the aftermath.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        It especially sucks for the tigers because he was one of the few bullpen guys who have pitched well early. I mean, Joba is doing surprisingly well early, but beyond those two who do you trust in that bullpen? Coke, Krol and a deadarmed closer, alongside Al New Mexico?

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Aw – can’t you think back on the good times? The happy wiggle dances?

  5. bronco58lb - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    I expect more enlightened management from Mets GM Sandy Alderson, who comes across as the ultimate know-it-all.

    Gonzalez Germen should have the gig before June.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Perhaps he is trying to pull the White Sox’ trick: build a little value, then trade him for something decent. If Papa Grande can rattle off a good month, there might be some sucker GM willing to give up a prospect to get him.

      • rayswhitesuit - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        You make a good point. The Mets have a couple of pitchers in the minors who might work in this role with a bit of seasoning, and they’re getting it now. By June (or sooner), they might be willing to give one of them a shot, even if they ultimately project as starters.

  6. pisano - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    This guys a train wreck waiting to happen.

    • spursareold - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      The train wreck happened in 2012, and hasn’t gotten any better.

  7. nymets4ever - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    It’s been extremely well-established for years now that closers aren’t as good in non-save situations due to the lower intensity and stakes involved, and people have generally been pretty accepting of that.

    But now that it’s happening with the New York Mets, it’s conveniently this hugely appalling idea and yet more fodder for the lolMets narrative.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      cry more

    • Reflex - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      So how does a closer become a closer if they cannot pitch well in non-save situations?

  8. doctornature - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    It may remove adrenaline, but it should improve command of the baseball. Maddux didn’t make the HOF with adrenaline, but with precise placement. There have been closers like Trevor Hoffman that threw strictly change-ups, and change-ups off the change-ups. I doubt adrenaline was a major factor. I think it is lack of focus which causes deteriorated performance.

    If adrenaline is all you have going for you, you should carry a heart-spike full of it, like Travolta in Pulp Fiction, to jab yourself in the chest when needed in the ninth.

  9. arrooo - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    No $$$$$

  10. bostonfrogs - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Papa Grande was 49/49 in save situations less than 3 years ago with Detroit. Always liked Valverde–hope he turns it around somehow.

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