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Vic Black has turned the corner in Las Vegas

By Danny Abriano

Vic Black has not only taken over as closer for Triple-A Las Vegas, he’s also put his early-season wildness in the rear-view mirror.

Sep 24, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Vic Black throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park. The Mets won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Over his last four appearances, Black has held the opposition scoreless while not walking a batter.

During his appearance on Wednesday night, Black struck out the side while earning the save.

Overall for Las Vegas, Black has posted an ERA of 0.68 in 13.1 innings pitched spanning 12 appearances. He’s allowed nine hits, walked 10, and struck out 15.


It can be argued that Black should already have been called up. Either way, his promotion has to be coming soon.

When looking at the Mets bullpen, Carlos Torres, Scott Rice, Gonzalez Germen, and Jeurys Familia seem like the pitchers the club should hold onto. Torres has been mostly effective, Rice is the only lefty, Germen has been solid, and Familia has been tremendous lately – and possesses the most upside by far.

Aside from Black, the Mets will likely add either Jacob deGrom or Rafael Montero to the bullpen, and they’re also kicking around the idea of shifting Jenrry Mejia there.

In Kyle Farnsworth (currently the closer by default), Jose Valverde, and Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Mets have three relievers who should be on the chopping block when the time comes to start bringing in reinforcements.

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