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Modern New York Mets players who scared the fans plenty

NEW YORK - MAY 09: Oliver Perez #46 of the New York Mets walks to the dugout against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on May 9, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 09: Oliver Perez #46 of the New York Mets walks to the dugout against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on May 9, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Almost Every Closer

You name a Mets closer and there’s someone out there who has therapy because of him. In the days when closers have become even more important, they’ve done an even better job at damaging the souls of Mets fans.

Most recently, it’s Jeurys Familia whose playoff performances in 2015 and 2016 broke the hearts of many. Prior to him, shaky seasons from Armando Benitez, John Franco, and Francisco Rodriguez often highlighted the woes from the year.

Billy Wagner is one of the few Mets closers in recent history that never built a reputation as catastrophic. However, as the ninth-inning man during the collapses of 2007 and 2008, does he really bring back any fond memories?

Of course, from earlier years there’s Tug McGraw and Jesse Orosco to please Mets fans. In recent years, it hasn’t been as much of a pleasure to watch the closer enter the game.

Closers should be the lockdown relievers who seal the deal. They should, with more ease than anyone else, record the final outs of every game.

Mets fans haven’t had the kind of luck others have experienced. No lead is safe. There is no inning scarier than the last with a lead. Even more terrifying is when it’s in a big spot and it’s up to the closer to record the last outs.

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