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...
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16 days ago  |  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

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

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

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
Via On-Base Talk
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

#***********: Collins Gets Upset As Hudgens Fired and Valverde Released

On Monday afternoon the Mets announced that pitcher Jose Valverde after giving up four runs in a loss to the Pirates was released and that hitting coach Dave Hudgens was fired. Mike Puma of the New York Post asked Terry Collins about whether he was worried that the firing of Hudgens could mean that Collins is next. Here is part of his answer which was missed by the censors over at...
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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

Kyle Farnsworth Replaces Jose Valverde as Mets Closer

We all knew that the time was coming and inevitable, we just didn’t know when. Well that question has been answered as veteran right-hander Kyle Farnsworth has been named the replacement to Jose Valverde as the New York Mets closer. While Farnsworth has had a bloated ERA of the mid-4.0 range, he did do a fairly decent job in 2011 as the Tampa Bay Rays closer, racking up 25 saves...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Go From JV To Junior Farnsity

Terry Collins announced a change at the top of Mets bullpen system on the down, Jose Valverde would concede the job to Kyle Farnsworth. Valverde handed him the ball, and like a true sportsman said, "You can't be worse than me, but I know you'll try." Terry Collins, or Mr. C as the players call him, told Valverde to sit on it, Farnsy's cool. Some have speculated...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Kyle Farnsworth, the next bad Mets closer

Mets’ fill-in closer Jose Valverde has been awful over his last three appearances. During that span of just three innings, he’s given up 8 runs (5 earned) on six hits. Four of those hits were home runs. It’s almost like he’s no longer a viable, high-leverage closer. Who would’ve thought it? Except for the Tigers, who released him after multiple failed attempts at reviving...
April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets make another closer change

We’re only through three weeks of the season, and the New York Mets are already on their third closer of the year. After yet another meltdown from Jose Valverde Saturday night, the Mets announced this morning that Kyle Farnsworth will take over the 9th inning — at least for now. Valverde’s last stand as a closer was a doozy. With the Mets trailing by one in the top of the 9th...
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April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Granderson, Valverde Continue to Struggle

The New York Mets have played mediocre ball for the first 17 games of the 2014 season and that is not identical to the visions Terry Collins sees of his team. There have been certain players in particular who just can’t seem to get it going and Collins can’t ignore it any longer.Last night the Mets only down a run in the top of the ninth brought in closer Jose Valverde to keep...
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April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Valverde Out As Closer, Farnsworth To Takeover Saves Role

10:15 AM Update: Kyle Farnsworth has been named the new Mets closer by Terry Collins. Valverde will not be used in any critical situations for now. 8:45 AM It was another rough outing for Jose Valverde, who gave up a three-run homer in the ninth to Justin Upton in Saturday’s 7-5 loss. He has now allowed four home runs in his last three appearances, including back to back homers...
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April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Valverde Out As Closer, Collins To Address Situation Today

It was another rough outing for Jose Valverde, who gave up a three-run homer in the ninth to Justin Upton in Saturday’s 7-5 loss. He has now allowed four home runs in his last three appearances, including back to back homers against the Arizona Diamondbacks. After the game, the Mets manager basically admitted that he’s going to need a new closer, because he can’t send Valverde...
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April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Why a struggling Valverde still makes the Mets win

Important caveat, 15 games is a good hitting streak, not a good base to establish trends. Warning aside, something interesting is happening with the 2014 New York Mets. A seemingly terrible omen in the form of an opening series sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals has been settled for now with an 8-7 season record. In those first three games the starting pitching had a...
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Morning Grind: What To Do With Q?

Good morning, Mets fans! Another crazy game last night. Why do the Mets always do this to us? I know I’m not the only one who actually expected the unthinkable to happen… but once Jose Valverde threw ball 3 to Erick Aybar and the guys in the SNY truck cut to Raul Ibañez looming on deck,  I said “Ibañez will probably hit a home run” out loud… 2 minutes later, well...
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April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Collins Says Valverde Will Remain Closer

Jose Valverde blew his first save of the season last night after surrendering a back-breaking, game-tying, three-run homer in the ninth to Raul Ibanez. After getting two quick outs, Valverde gave up a single to David Freese and then walked Erick Aybar before being taken out of the yard by the 41-year old Ibanez on a 93 mph fastball. Valverde averted a similar disaster in Atlanta...
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April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets’ Curtis Granderson touched by fan during game

During Friday’s game between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Angels, Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson was touched by a fan while making a play in right field. Granderson turned and reprimanded the Angels fan after the incident. Granderson was returning a ball to the infield after J.B. Shuck had flied out when he was touched in the back by the fan, who had reached out from...
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April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s Worth Gambling That Jose Valverde Can Regain His All-Star Form

Jose Valverde New York Mets – Photo Credit: Slgckgc (Flickr Creative Commons) With Bobby Parnell out for the season, Jose Valverde will be the New York Mets‘ closer for the foreseeable future. While Joe DiMiceli makes the case for looking to the farm for a long-term solution, I think it makes more sense to find out if Papa Grande can regain his All-Star form. Through six games...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

K-Rod, Valverde among early bullpen surprises

Francisco Rodriguez has two saves, Jose Valverde has one - and no, this isn't a flashback to 2009.
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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