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Terry Collins: Mets no longer have a set closer

By Danny Abriano

Prior to Tuesday’s game against the Yankees, and coming on the heels of Kyle Farnsworth‘s recent struggles, Mets manager Terry Collins said that the Mets no longer have a set closer.


Apr 16, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets manager

Terry Collins

against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

According to Collins, for now, who closes games will be determined on a game-to-game basis. Collins listed Jeurys Familia, Jose Valverde, and Daisuke Matsuzaka as current closer options.


Having a set closer is a bit overrated, but the pitcher who is called on to close out games is obviously of high importance.

Floating the name of Jose Valverde, whose roster spot is in peril, as a potential closer option, seems more than a bit crazy.

Perhaps Collins is planning to use Jeurys Familia, but doesn’t want to put added pressure on him or paint himself into a corner by making it public knowledge.

Making a switch from Kyle Farnsworth was a necessary step. We’ll see how it plays out from here.

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