During Monday night’s victory in the Bronx against the Yankees, an outcry began on twitter after the top of the eighth inning with the Mets leading by two runs. The plea, from nearly every Mets fan, was “please don’t go to Kyle Farsnsworth in the ninth inning.”
May 10, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth (44) walks to the dugout after giving up the game winning run in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. The Philadelphia Phillies won 5-4.Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Over the last few weeks, Farnsworth has been roped around the ballpark in the majority of his appearances, but has thus far hung onto his role as the closer.
The Mets had options aside from Farnsworth.
They could’ve kept Jenrry Mejia in or taken their chances with Daisuke Matsuzaka. While Matsuzaka isn’t an inspired choice, either, his stuff mixes much better with Yankee Stadium than Farnsworth’s does.
Terry Collins opted for Farnsworth, he was wild and got roped around the ballpark, but escaped with the save because Lucas Duda made a spectacular play to induce a game-ending double play.
Not only should Farnsworth no longer be the closer, he should be a roster casualty when Rafael Montero is added to the 25-man roster.
To replace Farnsworth at closer, the Mets should do what they were prepared to do before Jenrry Mejia shifted to the bullpen – name Jeurys Familia the closer.
Like Familia, Mejia has the stuff to close. However, naming him the closer just days after his transition to the bullpen would be a bit much.