Jul 1, 2014, 10:04 PM EST
Tigers righty Rick Porcello didn’t record a shutout over the first 163 starts of his major league career. Now he has two shutouts in the past six days.
Jun 9, 2014, 8:23 AM EST
Detroit’s bullpen is the worst in the American League. And it doesn’t seem to matter who’s closing.
May 27, 2014, 7:11 AM EST
After a rough start to his big league career, George Springer has sprung.
May 26, 2014, 5:17 PM EST
It’s a busy afternoon in Queens, as the Mets have released reliever Jose Valverde and fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens.
May 11, 2014, 9:15 PM EST
24-year-old right-hander Jeurys Familia has been solid out of the bullpen for the Mets, and manager Terry Collins says he could be the club’s new closer soon.
Apr 20, 2014, 11:30 AM EST
Jose Valverde allowed three runs in an inning of work Saturday night against the Braves — the latest in a string of rough outings. So manager Terry Collins decided Sunday morning to make a change …
Apr 17, 2014, 8:21 PM EST
Lots of teams watched Joel Hanrahan throw today.
Apr 17, 2014, 10:15 AM EST
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.
Apr 13, 2014, 12:10 AM EST
Raul Ibanez joined the 2,000-hit club and also brought the Angels back into the game against the Mets.
Apr 9, 2014, 6:18 AM EST
A ton of guys had multi-homer games yesterday. Ryan Braun led the pack with his three. I’m sure that won’t bother anyone.
Apr 7, 2014, 6:30 PM EST
With Bobby Parnell headed for Tommy John surgery, the Mets could be a match for free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan.
Apr 6, 2014, 10:26 PM EST
The Mets received some unfortunate news about their young closer on Sunday.
Apr 4, 2014, 10:47 AM EST
For now Bobby Parnell is trying the rest-and-rehab route, but the Mets closer told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that doctors have told him it’s “50-50″ that he’ll eventually require Tommy John surgery to repair a torn elbow ligament.
Apr 1, 2014, 2:45 PM EST
Kyle Farnsworth had been slated to begin the season at Triple-A after signing a minor-league deal with the Mets, but Bobby Parnell’s elbow injury opened up a spot in the bullpen.
Apr 1, 2014, 12:16 PM EST
Mets closer Bobby Parnell showed decreased velocity while blowing a save against the Nationals on Opening Day and the team just announced that he has a partially torn MCL in his elbow.
Mar 27, 2014, 10:15 AM EST
Not only has Jose Valverde secured a spot in the Mets’ bullpen six weeks after joining the team on a minor-league deal, manager Terry Collins said yesterday that the 36-year-old will begin the season as the primary setup man. And with closer Bobby Parnell potentially not being available for a full workload as he returns…
Mar 19, 2014, 11:34 AM EST
I haven’t been following the Mets’ roster moves too terribly closely this spring so maybe this isn’t news to hardcore Mets fans, but Jon Heyman says that he believes both Jose Valverde and Daisuke Matsuzaka are expected to make the Mets’ 25-man roster. Matsuzaka should make the rotation. The two veterans have some things in…
Feb 12, 2014, 10:15 AM EST
Jose Valverde was rumored to be signing with the Diamondbacks back in December, but that never happened and now the longtime closer has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mets. Valverde saved 35 games with a 3.78 ERA for the Tigers in 2012, but his secondary numbers showed a pitcher in significant decline and…
Feb 7, 2014, 4:10 PM EST
President Obama was in Michigan today to sign the Farm Bill. I feel like he was trolling Miguel Cabrera truthers up there when he chose to compare it to baseball’s actual best player: The president likened the nearly $1 trillion bill to a Swiss Army Knife for its many policy implications — on agriculture, on…
Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EST
Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…
Dec 17, 2013, 10:05 AM EST
UPDATE: Heyman now says Valverde has not signed and remains a free agent, adding “I miss-interpreted a text” that led him to believe it was a done deal. ========== Man, talk about getting the band back together. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that one day after trading for White Sox closer Addison Reed the Diamondbacks…
Nov 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EST
The Tigers just announced that they’ve reached a one-year deal with Phil Coke. Coke’s a lefty specialist that, presumably, will be paid like a lefty specialist. Of course, early in the year he was given a shot at the closer’s role as Jim Leyland cast about for replacements for Jose Valverde. Coke did poorly with…
Sep 3, 2013, 10:46 PM EST
It just got a little more difficult to manufacture a save record not held by Mariano Rivera. The 43-year-old picked up his 40th save Tuesday against the White Sox, reaching that plateau for the ninth time in his illustrious career. That ties Trevor Hoffman for the most of all-time. No one else has more than…
Aug 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EST
Phil Coke was one of the heroes of the Tigers’ playoff run last season, taking over for Jose Valverde as the primary closer while allowing one run in 10.2 innings. And now, less than a year later, he’s been demoted to Triple-A. Coke’s performance this season certainly hasn’t been pretty with a 5.00 ERA in…
Jul 4, 2013, 11:03 AM EST
Jose Valverde wants Tigers fans to know that they’re not safe from him for long. Here’s what he told Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press: “I didn’t have a spring training,” Valverde had said, a few hours earlier in the clubhouse. “I think this is like a spring training.” “Will you be here for six weeks?”…
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