Collins Says Mejia Could Take Over As Closer

jenrry mejia

May 15

On Tuesday, Terry Collins said that Jeurys Familia, Jose Valverde, and Daisuke Matsuzaka were all options to be the team’s closer.

He declined to say which he would lean on the most, “I’d like to, but I’m not sure we’re going to do it just yet,” he said.

Collins went on to say that he ultimately wants to have one guy emerge as his closer.

Not surprisingly, today Collins suggested that Jenrry Mejia in now in that potential closer group and that if he shows that he can pitch in back-to-back games and handle his new role in the pen, Mejia is most likely to become the regular closer.

Mejia threw 22 pitches Monday night, three days after throwing 101 pitches in his previous start, and he performed very well.

For now however, it is still a committee.

In my opinion, Mejia is the one.

May 13

Jenrry Mejia wasn’t given any time to sit around and stew over the team’s decision to send him to the bullpen.

“I know I am a starter and they know I like to start,” Mejia said after receiving word that he had been bounced from the rotation. “But I always want to help my teammates. … I’ll go out there and be a reliever.”

And with a shrug of the shoulders and a huff and a puff, the hard-throwing righty headed to the bullpen in Yankee Stadium wondering if the phone would ring that night.

RRRRNNNNGGGGG…. 

“Get Mejia up.”

The 24-year old Mejia looked better than ever, silencing the Yankee threat after he entered the game with runners on first and second in the bottom of the seventh inning, and needing one big out. Mission accomplished.

Mejia would get three more outs in the eighth inning, which ended with a dramatic strikeout of Brett Gardner who had hit a grand slam earlier in the game. Then the cameras caught Mejia celebrating the moment with the following dance.

Mejia-dance

“That feels pretty good,” Mejia said afterward. “I got to enjoy it. If they need me in the bullpen I got to be there because I never play for myself. I want to be a teammate. If they need me in the bullpen to win games, I got to be there. I got to do my job from there.”

Mejia will only get better, but so far, so good.

Thanks to SB nation for the GIF.

MMO

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  • MyasDaddy

    I love this kid. Like really love him. His energy and passion is contagious. Seeing him pitch makes me smile. Seeing him get the win last night, makes it icing on the cake!

  • MyasDaddy

    Jenrry (HEEEE HEEEE) Mejia!

  • HawkZon

    I agree completely!!

  • RyanF55

    I just love this kid. I love his fire/passion and that he wears his heart on his sleeve. It’s so refreshing to see the same passion I have for the game shown by a player. We’ve had an emotionless team for far too long. Some consider this “childish” or “showboating”….I consider it fantastic.

    I think I am going to end up being dead wrong about my desire for Mejia to start. His fiery passion, his issue pitching deep into games and his put-away stuff all make him attractive in the bullpen. I think we’re going to have a lot of fun watching this guy come in mid-late innings and dominate hitters.

  • Bill Buckner

    He better cool it with dancing off the mound if he intends to be a SP again in the NL – he’s going to get thrown at a lot if he keeps it up…

  • WilponsStinkLessNow

    I agree. What is this, amateur hour?

  • Metstheory22

    One inning stuff- awesome, closer material.

  • PessiMets

    Degrom-Mejia-Familia, not necessarily in that order. Much better than what we were throwing out there before

  • SchadenfreudianSlip

    Between his nasty nasty stuff, the effort he puts into each pitch and his fun, quirky personality, this kid has closer written all over him.
    Would have loved it if he could be a starter, but it seems like its a lot to ask of his arm, at least at this stage of the game. And man, he really does fit the mold.

    How can anyone be unhappy with the idea of him as a closer. He’s the first guy in years where you’d be excited for him to come into the game, both because you expect him to shut the door, and because he exudes enthusiasm and energy and excitement.

    Put him together with Familia and then Black, and our late innings become a different and fun ballgame.

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    Jenrry, that’s not how you moonwalk off the mound!

  • sisk is a risk

    I believe this will be a smart move by SA. The bullpen needs some serious help. Hopefully DeGrom will pan out as well as Familia. This is what the Mets need.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    The only reason I thought this team might finish at .500 or better is that we’ll have promising young prospects to call up. With Montero joining the rotation and now deGrom and Mejia into the bullpen, I hope I was right.

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    As opposed to the guys on other teams who do it to us? Of course, we never do anything about it.

  • CJM

    My bet is that their bullpen will go from being one of the worst in the league to being one of the best, with the additions of Mejia and deGrom, and a bigger role for Familia. Valverde and Farnsworth should be gone soon enough.

    That being said, Mejia’s attitude is amazing. He’s gotta be the most likeable player on this team. I understand why they’ve moved him to the bullpen in ’14, but I still hope he becomes a successful starter in the long-term.

  • RyanF55

    I really hope this doesn’t turn into a Mejia showboating argument.

  • CJM

    Good. He’s a great teammate; I’m sure he’ll gladly take free bases from the 9 slot if other pitchers are dumb enough to give them to him.

  • RyanF55

    Mejia/DeGrom supplanting Valverde/Farnsworth/Dice-K in some variation, with hopefully Black coming soon, is a monumental improvement.

  • CJM

    I think Dice K should stay. He’s been good and is a great option for a spot starter. I’d rather see Rice go. Don’t care about needing a lefty in the pen, especially when that lefty is pretty bad to begin with and can only face lefties. I’d like their 7 in the bullpen to be Mejia, Familia, Torres, deGrom, Germen, Dice K, and I guess Rice for now if they insist on having a lefty in there. Let those guys handle business until one proves he doesn’t belong. When one proves he doesn’t belong, go to whoever the best option is in the minors.

  • Spam for Tea

    and he’s got great hair too.

  • RyanF55

    I agree…he offers the most flexibility also being able to spot start if needed. I don’t disagree with your desired BP. With Germen on the DL though, who stays in the interim?

  • 94SupraTT

    He looks half chia pet…

  • SchadenfreudianSlip

    My entire 88 win prediction was premised on these things happening at some point. Not necessarily Mejia to the pen, but the idea of having the young guns up here at some point and the built in flexibility for the pen. And maybe a trade for a bat at some point.
    Still sticking with my number, recent performance notwithstanding.

  • MyasDaddy

    Let’s your SOUL GLO!

  • CJM

    Farnsworth I suppose, although they HAVE to take him out of the closer’s role. Give it to Familia or Mejia–both are better suited for it. When Montero officially comes up tomorrow, I assume Valverde is gone. At least he should be. Then Germen gets back from the DL I believe next Wednesday, and they can part with Farnsworth.

  • oleosmirf

    I think Valverde is the obvious choice for Montero, but Farnsworth has pitched well for most of the season. He’s just terribly miscast as the closer. Mejia is clearly the guy we should be grooming to close. He’s far better than Familia.

    It all depends on how Montero pitches in the two starts he’ll get before Germen returns on the 16th. If he pitches well enough to stay then we’ll likely see either Farnsworth, deGrom or Dice-K sent down.

    If he doesn’t then Dice-K (maybe deGrom) goes to the rotation and Montero would go back to AAA.

  • derek murphy

    Him getting successful game action vs Yanks is best thing that could have happened. He was very dejected with the move to the pen. Coming in and getting an important win had to make him feel a lot better about it. He should have been throwing the cutter way more often when he pitched. Hopefully he gets to throw that more often now. He could live off that pitch. Having some blazers coming out of the pen is going to be a refreshing change. Montero beating Tanaka would be outstanding and a huge boost to morale.

    To see these players come to fruition is very exciting. Many times I have stated the best thing Omar probably did for the mets was his 2007 international signings. Never do you see so many players from 1 year make it the fact that the biggest impact felt by these guys will be this year is nuts and shows how long prospects take.

    They signed Flores, marte, Puello, mejia, Famillia,valse spin n Rodriguez. At the end of the season we may be saying Flores, Puello, mejia n Famillia are on the team. Valse spin was in the majors, marte was traded n Rodriguez made it to aaa. That is crazy.

  • MLBGM Fire TC

    maybe we have our closer for the next 10-12 years

  • MyasDaddy

    Well… he could give a classic Ultimate Warrior type promo instead!

  • derek murphy

    TDA, mejia n Campbell did good vs Yankees. It’s cool when we can talk about the youngsters contributing instead of complain cause there killing it in aaa

  • Not4

    Think you hit it on the head with Valverde getting DFA’d after tonight’s game to make room for Montero.

    I’d hope that the Mets will give Montero more than 2 starts before deciding his fate! If they brought him up to be a SP, he should be a SP indefinitely and not on such a short leash. Of course, his performance should and better dictate what they do with him, whether it be leave him as a SP if he thrives, move him to the BP if it becomes clear he cannot make it through a lineup more than 1-2 times or send him back down if he is overwhelmed. But seems foolish to make that decision until he has at least a handful of starts, if not two handfuls.

  • RyanF55

    Can’t agree more.

  • oleosmirf

    Agreed, but if he has two uneven starts, the Mets might be wise to send him down with some stuff to work on and preserve depth instead of cutting Farnsworth.

    I fully expect him to pitch well enough to stay though…

    I can also see them sending down deGrom to pitch out of the pen in AAA for the rest of May and giving Farnsworth some more time in a lesser role to see whether that makes him effective again.

  • Chuck

    I would like to see that show boat float … a LOT! LOL Go Mejia, and LGM!

  • Bill Buckner

    I’d rather not have him get hit by pitches, as it increases the chances of losing him to injury. As he is not a professional hitter, he will likely not be as adept at correctly turning away from/absorbing an HBP…

  • Bill Buckner

    I could be wrong, but I don’t recall seeing another pitcher practically due the moonwalk off of the mound after retiring one of our hitters. Say what you will about the unwritten rules, but these guys take that stuff really seriously & it’s only a matter of time before he takes one to his ear hole if he keeps this up.

  • Bail4Nails

    As much as I’d like to see Mejia in the Rotation, I hope Karma repays him for his teamsmanship. I hope he becomes a Star Closer or Setup Man for us. Those guys make pretty good money, and the good ones are just as popular as the Starters.
    Just once, I’d like to hear another team say, “We have to get to them before the 8th, or it’s over.”

  • derek murphy

    There’s no reason for Thornton to still be in the minors. Bringing up DeGrom is exciting but how bout the relievers that are ready like Thornton and black. Maybe they want to see blach show more control,okay. Why is valverde on the team when Thornton has shown he’s ready.

    On a side note why not bump akeel Morris he’s dominating. He has 40 strikeouts in 20 innings. Take the training wheels off and maybe he can help the mets in 2015 or 2016.

  • Chuck

    I’m with you, and would add that the Mets NOT waiting until Super 2 is past for DeGrom and Montero, as well as not sending Mejia down to prevent his Super 2, is a positive. In other words, they are acting NOW, rather than taking a “wait and see” approach to the season. Would we have liked to see this sooner? Yes. But could they instead have waited quite a bit longer? Yes as well. So this is, in some degree, being proactive while we are still in range, while the season is still relatively young. So partial kudos to SA for doing so before it’s too late.

  • SinHalo27

    Great outing by Mejia last night. A little switch to the bullpen of Mejia & deGrom strengthens the ‘pen and the team greatly overall- some young, healthy, lively arms. Montero getting the ball in his debut tomorrow gives this team a real good feeling- almost that 1983 or 2005 feeling when pieces were being shifted into place. LGM!

  • CJM

    He can practice that.

  • Chuck

    First, if Mejia is going to be a reliever, he won’t see very many at-bats. And if he’s going to be a starter, then the other pitcher has to worry about Mejia coming right back at him. I wouldn’t worry about this. LGM!

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    “I don’t recall seeing another pitcher practically due the moonwalk off of the mound after retiring one of our hitters”

    I recall a pitcher fist pumping after retiring our guys (and tumbling afterward), so….

  • Chuck

    Yes, yes, yes!

  • CyYout

    It would be poetic if he got his first save in Yankee stadium using a cutter.

  • derek murphy

    Don’t think dice k is going anywhere. Unless he’s traded. They can’t send him down and with so many guys on inning restrictions letting him go would be irresponsible. Farnsworth has pitched well enough to be traded. They wouldn’t get anything for him but fodder or cash consideration.

  • corny12491

    +1000

  • corny12491

    I’m sure Mariano was leery about a bullpen role too

  • derek murphy

    Wonder if valverde taught him that strikeout celebration. Hopefully Abreu
    Is part of this purge. Having him on this teAm is embarassing. If they need a 40 yr OF sign manny.

  • TPT

    i told you all weeks ago he has everything it takes to be a great reliever and you all beat me up so i guess i dont look so ridiculous now huh bad bad leroy and others? …trust me we have the arms to replace a guy who can only go 5 innings as a starter but we have no in the pen who has his kind of over powering stuff and the mental make up … he makes us a better team for sure.. good job SA and TC

  • TPT

    hello? did you even realize he was on a 100 inning limit this yr? and he doesnt do well after 5 innings..his fate has already been decided so go with it he makes us better and the bulpen is were hes needed the most we have starters we dont have relievers

  • That is an awesome GIF; and Mejia could be an even more awesome weapon for the ‘pen.

  • Joe

    People actually don’t like how Mejia shows emotion / dances after strikeouts? LOL
    I love it. He’s entertaining and fun to watch. The game is suppose to be fun. He’s not over the top either like Valverde.

  • SchadenfreudianSlip

    Who doesn’t like it?

  • Joe

    Scroll down there’s some people on here whining about it lol

  • TPT

    i can remember how every one called him unprofesional for tossing his glove when he give up a homer on a awful pitch haha hmmm love a guy who gets pissed lol

  • Not4

    I hear you and agree that keeping depth is a good, but not at the expense of Montero. I’d expect to see them just send German back down to AAA if they are not sure and allow things to sort themselves out. As much as people on this site will get up in arms about it, Fahrnsworth has proven to be a viable middle reliever for the Mets this year and while we have some interesting arms down in AAA, I don’t think any are ready to help the big league club at this time.

    Specifically, I think Black and Edgin are probably the next to be called up, but both still have some work to do despite what looks like on the surface to be good results. Edgin is interesting in that he had one major blow up in his second game (5 ER in 0.2 IP) and has only given up 2 ERs since then over 11.2 innings spanning 15 appearances. Sounds good right? But during the last 28 days, his triple slash line is an atrocious 357/.486/.464 over 7.1 innings during which he has walked 7 batters (19% clip) and allowed 10 hits (but at least is also striking out 1 batter each inning as well). Clearly, he needs work. Not sure whether his velo has picked up yet, but he is simply not getting it done. (Yes he’s pitching in the PCL, which inflates pitchers numbers, but those numbers are alarming!)

    Vic Black’s basic numbers look good – 1.23 ERA and 16 SOs in 14.2 innings. In fact, very good when you consider it is the PCL. But he is still walking too many batters – 10 in the last 12.1 innings (an 18% clip) which helps yield an opposing batter .375 OBP. He is allowing a hit/inning which is acceptable, but when you add in the walks it yields a 1.7 WHIP over the last 28 days. So, for him, the story has not changed. If he can bring his walk rate down, he should find himself on the big league roster again. He had gone 4 consecutive starts without a walk before walking three in his last outing (and giving up 2 hits) and taking the loss. Hopefully those prior 4 games were the beginning of a trend, with the last game just being an aberration.

  • TPT

    AHHHH I LOVE THIS GIF WATCHING A YANKEE GET BLOWN AWAY BY A MET PITCHER ESPECIALLY IN RELIEF DOES MY HEART GOOD AHHHH.. LGM

  • SchadenfreudianSlip

    Haven’t we seen enough of what can happen when you rush young arms? Why be impatient. The kid has electric stuff but he’s also learning to pitch. And building arm strength.

  • Brian D.

    I don’t think Thornton is that good honestly. I think he’s just a fringe player. I also think that Black still cannot be trusted in the majors right now. He has walked 13 batters in 14 innings so far, and he has an ugly 1.68 WHIP as a result. His ERA is low, but I don’t think he will fare well in the majors with how he’s pitching at the moment.

    Agreed on Morris though I think it would be good for him to be called up to St. Lucie, but this front office always takes it slow with prospects. He probably will stay in Savannah until the mid point of the season.

  • Brian D.

    Why can’t he learn to pitch and build arm strength in St Luice though? I think it would be better for his development to be challenged a bit and face stronger competition in A+ rather than just overpowering weak Sally league hitters.

    I think the risk of rushing young arms is really overblown. And besides, what else does he have to do to show he’s ready for the next level? He has yet to allow an earned run and he has a 14.8 K/9.

  • Not4

    Ha! At first I thought you were suggesting we promote Akeel Morris to the big league club and considering he is in low A ball (4 levels below MLB), that was a bit aggressive. He still has some work to do on his control, though he is finally showing some real improvement in that area this year with a 13% BB rate to go with his mind-boggling 43% K rate. (I mean, that is just sick, so I get why you are excited for him). Considering his control issues in years past, and we are only 6 or 7 weeks into the season, I don’t fault the Mets for not promoting him yet, especially from a notorious pitcher-friendly ballpark. But, I agree with you that he should be moved up the ladder and soon – probably by the end of this month. And then if he shows the same improved control, he could conceivably be promoted again to Bingo by the end of July if all falls right.

    As for Black, I posted below. He is simply walking too many batters still (which contributes to a 1.7 WHIP). Once he cuts down his walks, expect to see him get the call to the big leagues.

    Thornton probably has less upside, but may be more ready based upon his numbers. He had one implosion about 2 weeks ago, in which he walked three and gave up 3 hits and 3 runs. Other than that, he has been pretty solid for Vegas. Seems to have good control. Not sure how good his stuff is, but probably worth a shot if someone falters.

  • Not4

    This is the first time in his career he has had any control. Don’t think there is anything wrong with letting him prove it is real for a few more weeks (remember, the season is only 6 or 7 weeks old) before pushing him up. But as I noted below, After a few more weeks, I don’t mind challenging him.

  • Not4

    I don’t mind having him on the team. I mind that the manager finds it necessary to “get Abreu more playing time” at the expense of the other outfielders.

  • Brian D.

    His control this year really isn’t much different than it was last season with Brooklyn. While it is only a short amount of time, he’s been just so overpowering with Savannah that I think he’s shown the he is ready for the next level.

  • Brian D.

    I don’t. It’s unprofessional, and it reflects poorly on the team.

  • Not4

    Huh? I was talking about Montero, not Mejia.

  • Not4

    Hey Brian,

    I stand corrected. Thanks! Funny, instead of looking it up, I went with memory (as I recall him struggling with control last year), but just further proof that my memory sucks sometimes!

    I hope you get your wish

  • IndianaMet

    I love it too. He comes across as a fiery player who wears his heart on his sleeve. I bet he ends up liking the bullpen especially if he’s used in critical spots or as closer. What a weapon he would be!

  • WillisReid

    That is so far over the top I can’t help but dig it.

  • NeedNewOwners

    Whatever gets the washed upped has beens gone is a good thing. Valverde and Farnsworth are finished. Can we make Abreu the hitting coach and bring Brown or Kirk back up?

  • sarge69

    Must of watched old tapes of Valverde, LOL!
    Loved him having a bit of fun there but save it for the last out, great moves Mejia.

  • Tomthetinker

    I love it. Who wants to watch a bunch of robots.

  • Wolfmicky21

    Just need Gary carter to bring it all together

  • sperry

    The only thing that worries me is that when he starts to lose it, he doesn’t battle. Hitters just tee off on the first pitch over and over. But hopefully that was just a result of going through a lineup three times and it won’t be an issue as closer.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments
  • Mets Fan in NC

    Terry
    Please shut up. Every decision you declare in the media is reversed the next day anyway. It erodes what little credibility you have left.
    Signed,
    The Fanbase

  • everybodysbuddy

    Please stop announcing what you’re going to do Terry. It means n-o-o-o-thing!

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    I mean, these are questions he’s being asked. He’s not really making “announcements.” He could say “I don’t know,” but of course we’d destroy that too.

  • MyasDaddy

    How this A-hole still have a job? The most contradicting son of a bit*h I ever seen in my life.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    I have so little confidence they’ll win tonight. They’re at home and facing someone for the first time. That’s a recipe for failure to me.

  • knicksjp07

    watch mejia not pitch for an entire week. just like flores and lagares are “Starters”. its the curse of terry collins.

  • Dark HelMet

    You’re the wet spot.

  • Mets Fan in NC

    As we should….no one in this bullpen is named Rivera or Gossage
    Earn the spot and close by committee

  • MyasDaddy

    The rest of us would destroy him. While you will defend him.

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    Long man- Dice-K
    Setup- Valverde
    Setup- Familia
    Closer- Mejia

    Took me two seconds to piece who goes where. It’s taking Collins WEEKS.

  • billpulsipher

    sandy lovers all want Dice K or Valverde as closer to prove us all wrong

  • upandadam

    That “dance” is hilarious

  • $14435385

    Reminds me a little of the Enrico Palazzo strikeout dance…

  • Brian D.

    What?

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Don’t tell anyone around here that.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    haha. I defend him when I think he should be. I guess I could blindly bash every thing like a lemming.

  • mets4lyfe

    Mejia’s theatrics on the mound are very entertaining in addition to his excellent stuff.

  • knicksjp07

    Jared Diamond @jareddiamond

    The Mets’ bullpen that everyone loves to make fun of is now 15th in baseball with a 3.86 ERA. It deserves praise.

    Jared Diamond @jareddiamond

    4.62. 21st in MLB. That needs to improve. RT @sessano_altieri how does the 9th inning era rank?

  • This will change tomorrow; heck it might change by the 7th inning tonight. It’s Collins. Carry on.

  • Matt Mosher

    Mejia would be an awesome closer. The tools and the flash.

  • MyasDaddy

    blindly bash the way he handles young guys? Or how about when he says one thing, and does the complete opposite?

  • Matt Mosher

    Smells like a loss…a close loss.

  • willywater88

    Collins – you don’t have to tell the media who your closer is. The only answer you should give is “I will use the pitcher best suited for the given situation”. THATS IT!

    The more you speak, the more it will make you look like a hypocrite when you don’t use that pitcher in a save situation. And you will be forced to look like an idiot backtracking on your words.

  • jessed619

    Find me one person who wants Dice K or Valverde to close over Mejia or Familia, just one person.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Why do you want any of them?

    None are highly paid like Brian Wilson of the Dodgers. Now that is right up your alley…a guy making millions.

    We will just forget about that ERA of 10+.

  • WilponsNeed2Go

    Sooner or later Collins will figure out that he should just keep his mouth shut until he makes a decision THEN tell the media.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Either that or watch Terry use Mejia 6 days in a row and have him up on a 7th.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Some decisions dont require the next day to change.

    He beat FedEX with some of his reversals.

  • Taskmaster4450

    The same Velverde who pitched 2 innings of scoresless ball last night?

  • WillisReid

    Maybe it’s because the Mets have always a a guy to close games, but this just seems ridiculously complicated. They start a clean inning with at least a one run lead and need to get 3 outs. Use one guy, use all of them, whatever.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Agreed. Abreau is a great guy to have on the team as a PINCH HITTER. Do you hear that Collins. He is not to play RF unless you are out of players.

  • NewYorkMammoths

    “OK, Terry is ready to give his vote of confidence. Which one of you wants it?”

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-duVVrbPZkKs/UCCA5vFVdnI/AAAAAAAAAh0/vNcTiENK_zM/s1600/tumblr_ls75vrOINE1qafrh6.gif

  • Peter

    Ah no

  • Peter

    He should be the regular closer as soon as he proves he can go 2 days in a row!

  • RS

    TC didn’t have half those guys a week ago…

  • RS

    Good point, Familia is probably the best candidate long-term IF/WHEN he finds the zone consistently

  • RS

    Do you think that saved his job? Or was it just a money/ farnsworthless thing?

    I like him better than farns for the record, and he seems humble about his struggles/ willing to work and take directions as mentioned on last nights broadcast

  • RS

    #MetsSwag

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    If by half, you mean Mejia, then yes.

  • Gland1

    Of course if he says that, then they ask “so you are going with a closer by committee?” and that turns into a thing too

  • RS

    No one wanted dice as a closer, some thought Valverde might resurrect himself, but that thought passed after a few weeks.

    @disqus_OjiQwaxcGz:disqus I’m not sure how SA making a move somehow proves sandy lovers wrong. By definition, everything SA does is gold, even if it’s correcting an earlier error.

    MMO is turning into US politics – either you’re a Sandy-Lover or a Sandy-Hater; all the moderates are drowned-out by the loudmouths on the polar ends…

  • RS

    How many games in a row does this team usually have the lead O.o

  • RS

    sure, but you had Familia unable to throw strikes (and still struggling with that). What exactly did you want him to do weeks ago?

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    I hope you know, you just described Parnell, who was inserted into the closer’s role until it looked like he was settling in. I’ve been pushing for Familia until Mejia got put in the pen.

  • SinHalo27

    What? Why is Valverde in the equation? ::smh::

  • SinHalo27

    …yes…to make a Carter/Hernandez/Delgado-esque trade.

  • Wolfmicky21

    He needs to be more sandy-esque (“that is something we’ve considered, among other things”) NOT “he is my guy!!!” Only to bench “his guy” the next day.

  • MLBGM Fire TC

    lololol good question

  • Destry

    Im not so sure about that. I really don’t think he will ever figure that one out. He just can’t keep his mouth shut.

  • Destry

    Prove you wrong about what? You really don’t have any idea what you’re talking about. The so called “Sandy Lovers” are METS FANS. We want the team to win. I don’t want any Met to fail. I couldn’t care less if its an Omar signing or Sandy signing. I support my team.

    May I ask a question? By your comment, are you insinuating that you want “Sandys” guys to fail? It sure sounds that way, and if that’s the case, are you even a Mets fan? If you’re not, why do you spend all of your time on them? Either way, grow up, and either root for your team or don’t, but calling out other fans of your own team, for supporting them, and wanting them to be successful is one of the most idiotic things I can imagine. Shame on you dude.

  • TexasGusCC

    Collins said? LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  • Destry

    I think we all get too caught up on titles. I really think the way we are accustomed to seeing bullpens used is about to change radically. Why not use Mejia and deGrom as a tandem? They both are on innings limits. How about Mejia pitches every fifth day just like deGrom does. If deGrom pitches 7, Mejia throws the last two, and if its a sticky situation, bring in your loogy, but Mejia is equally effective against RH and LH. If it happens to be a day where deGrom doesn’t have it, and goes 4 or 5, then Mejia can pitch 4 or 5 in relief.

    Do the same thing with Niese and Dice K. Niese is usually good for 7, or at least 6. Let Dice throw the last 2 or 3 innings of Niese’s starts. I guarantee you will see less injuries out of the bullpen, and TC won’t lose as many games as a result of his manic bullpen moves. Im pretty sure our entire opening day bullpen from 2013 was injured either last year, or they are injured now.

    IT IS RIDICULOUS WHAT A FUSS WE MAKE ABOUT WHO PITCHES THE 9th.

  • Destry

    WEEKS? It takes him infinity, and after failing to make a decision, and the back and forth, he still will screw it up.

  • Destry

    He’s been almost unhittable at Citi Field. Those fly balls that leave the yard on the road, don’t leave the yard at Citi. On the road if K, HR, FO, K. At home its K, FO, FO. 1,2,3

  • RyanF55

    Does Valverde hold more value to the team than Farnsworth? Not that either are options you’d like.

  • willywater88

    Then the response should be “we will see how things turn out, no decision has been made yet”