Nobody Wants Phillies Closer Jonathan Papelbon

#485348743 / The Detroit Tigers were in desperate need of just one thing: bullpen help. Last year the Detroit Tigers showed they so desperate that were willing to give Jose Valverde the closer's job for a couple weeks rather than take Jonathan Papelbon off of the Phillies hands. Instead,...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Mets missed the playoffs

The New York Mets failed to earn a playoff berth in 2014 because they didn’t win enough games. Oh, you want more? What if I said it was because they didn’t finish above .500? Still more? The Mets missed getting a ticket to the dance because they were so worried about getting on base they didn’t hit the ball frequently enough or take more than one base on a hit. How about them...
October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Early Bullpen Failures Led To Deep Hole

Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal pointed out a staggering statistic a few days ago. The Mets opened the season 10-20 in one-run games, finishing at 26-29. After that horrible stretch at the beginning of the season, they went 16-9 in one-run games down the stretch. It’s no surprise that the turnaround occurred around the time that Jenrry Mejia was installed as the teams...
Via Mets Merized Online
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s time for the MLB to shorten the season

The Mets have traded Ike Davis, released Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde, put Bobby Parnell on the DL to have Tommy John’s Surgery, moved from last place to third place to fourth place in about two weeks, promoted and demoted Rafael Montero, demoted and then premoted Travis d’Arnaud, put starting pitchers Jon Niese and Dillon Gee on the DL and activated them, and done much...
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Who’d Have Thought? The Mets’ Bullpen Is Breeding Confidence

Things we never thought we’d say in April: “This bullpen ain’t too bad.” When the season dawned, the Mets and their fans weren’t sure exactly how the late innings of any given game would be handled. Oh, sure, Bobby Parnell — with his electric fastball — was going to be the closer, of course. The team then decided that the best course of action would be to go the...
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

What Has Happened to Joe Nathan?

If someone brings up the names Jose Valverde or Todd Jones, any person that has ever sported the old English D over the last seven years or so instantaneously begins to have shortness of breath with their heart beat rapidly increasing. If ever in need of a thrill ride, save yourself a two-hour boring car ride through Ohio to Cedar Point and just watch an old game of Jones or the...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Players of the Month – May Edition

As many of us know, the month of May wasn’t a spectacular one for our Mets, as they went 11-18. After a solid month of April in which the Mets went 15-10, May was a huge disappointment. The excitement of the team had dwindled down and it seemed that we had returned to our losing ways of past seasons. However, the Mets made some improvements and tweaks to the roster, releasing...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Didn’t Have To Look Too Far To Finally Solve Back Of The Bullpen

Sometimes the most ideal solutions to your problems are standing right in front of you, staring you in the face. After four unsuccessful attempts trying to revamp an underperforming bullpen and rummaging through dozens of failed relief options including this year’s John Lannan, Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde, general manager Sandy Alderson has finally latched onto a pair of...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Just like the Mets, we chose to shake it up

Spurred on by the Mets’ decision to cut ties with Dave Hudgens and Jose Valverde, we’ve decided to shake things up at Mets360, too. Undoubtedly, you’ve noticed our new theme. Those that view the site on their laptop or desktop won’t notice too much difference but those who view on mobile devices or tablets should find the site much easier to read. We are beefing up our...
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Fired Mets hitting coach takes shot at broadcasters

After an embarrassing 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, the New York Mets fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens and released veteran reliever Jose Valverde. Hudgens didn’t take his ouster easy, though – he lobbed some grenades at the team’s ownership and broadcasting crew on his way out the door. Newsday has the explosive quotes. “The naysayers, the guys who disapprove...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The Mets find scapegoats, but will it stop their slide?

Monday was not a good day for the New York Mets. First, top prospect Noah Syndergaard landed on the DL with a flexor strain in his pitching elbow and could be the latest pitching phenom (unles Yordano Ventura beats him to it) to face Tommy John surgery. He’s headed to New York to be examined more closely. Then, another quality start wasted by a scuffling offense and one of the...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Mets find scapegoats, but will it stop their slide?

Monday was not a good day for the New York Mets. First, top prospect Noah Syndergaard landed on the DL with a flexor strain in his pitching elbow and could be the latest pitching phenom (unles Yordano Ventura beats him to it) to face Tommy John surgery. He’s headed to New York to be examined more closely. Then, another quality start wasted by a scuffling offense and one of the...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Silo Doors Are Open

I spent my Memorial Day at Citi Field watching the Mets cough up their latest hairball … a 5-3 loss to the Pirates that featured a gutty pitching performance by Jacob deGrom, who didn’t have his best stuff but pitched his ass off and lasted 6 and 2/3′s innings and 122 pitches … primarily because Terry Collins didn’t want to be forced to take his best hitter out of the lineup...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

**** Happens

On this Memorial Day, I was getting ready for my girlfriend’s barbecue. I was listening to the game’s first seven innings on 710 WOR. I left for the E train from my Chelsea apartment. We had a 2-0 lead after Jeurys Familia stuck out Andrew McCutchen. My mistake was trusting in our bullpen and offense to give us two runs, thinking we could solidify a win. WRONG! I get off the...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Storylines: Mets make moves to shake team up

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI. Here are the stories from Monday, May 26. ...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Vic Black Recalled After Mets Release Valverde

After Jose Valverde was released today, Sandy Alderson announced that Vic Black will be flying back from Las Vegas to join the Mets bullpen in his place. Valverde was released after a disastrous outing that saw him give up four runs in the Mets 5-3 loss to the Pirates on Monday. He ends his Mets tenure with a 5.66 ERA and more bad memories than good. The 36-year old righthander was...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets release Jose Valverde, fire hitting coach following loss to Pirates

getty images The New York Mets took losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Memorial Day hard. In fact the Mets fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens and released reliever Jose Valverde. Hudgens had been with the Mets since the 2011 season but entering action on Monday the Mets were in the bottom third of teams in just about every offensive stat. Lamar Johnson will take over for the time...
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Pirates 5, Mets 3

The Mets squared off against the Pittsburgh Pirates today at Citi Field, with rookie Jacob deGrom making his third major league start against Brandon Cumpton. What you should know: deGrom was solid, pitching 6 and 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and striking out four. He also walked five Pirates hitters, but limited the damage and didn’t allow a run. In his first three major league...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets release Jose Valverde within hour of meltdown

Credit: AP/Frank Franklin II You wonder how many more teams will play Jose Valverde roulette and lose.  The Detroit Tigers paid the price with a World Series loss (I mean there were other factors, but relief was a big part).  The New York Mets seemed to reach the end of their rope on Memorial Day, as “Papa Grande” served up nothing but fat pitches to the Pittsburgh Pirates...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Shake Up In Queens: Mets get rid of Valverde, Hudgens

After a Memorial Day melt down, the New York Mets have announced two major moves. The team has released reliever Jose Valverde
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

BREAKING: Mets fire Dave Hudgens, release Jose Valverde

After a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday afternoon, the Mets have announced they have fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens and released pitcher Jose Valverde. The Mets offense ranks 12th in the National League in Batting Average (.237), ninth in OBP (.310), 14th in SLG (.352) and 13th in wOBA (.295). Jose Valverde has a 1-1 record in 21 games this season, pitching to the tune...
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Fire Hudgens, Release Valverde

******* happens. You deal with it, and if you can’t you don’t belong in the game.” – Terry Collins The Pittsburgh Pirates came back to tie the game in the eighth, and then rallied for three more runs in the ninth to beat the Mets 5-3 in another demoralizing loss for the New York Mets at Citi Field. It was a classic Mets bullpen meltdown spearheaded by Terry Collins and it...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Notes: Valverde Is The Closer Tonight, d’Arnaud Takes Batting Practice

The Mets open a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 PM. Bartolo Colon (3-5, 5.34) gets the start for the Mets and will be opposed by Chase Anderson  (2-0, 5.06) for the D-Backs. Colon is coming off his best start of the year against the Washington Nationals, tossing a season high 8.0 innings and allowing just five hits and one earned...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Despite yesterday’s victory, the New York Mets still have changes to be made

If there ever was such a thing as a “must-win” game in the 36th game of the season, the New York Mets had one yesterday. For 8.5 innings, they looked like the same old Mets we saw in Colorado, Miami and the first 2 games of the series against Philadelphia. The offense was invisible and the bullpen was inept. The Mets had lost 8 of 9 at the time and were severely threatening...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Terry Collins ‘very close’ to naming Jeurys Familia Mets closer

After a dramatic 11th inning victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, Terry Collins told reporters that he was close to making Jeurys Familia the closer. Familia would already be the fourth different option used by the Mets after Bobby Parnell, Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth. “Three days in a row, pounding the strike zone, throwing his breaking ball for strikes, the...
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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