Who's Tuesday's closer? TC has 'no idea'

May, 13, 2014
May 13
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NEW YORK -- Terry Collins said Tuesday that he doesn't consider Kyle Farnsworth to be the New York Mets' closer.

So who is the closer?

No one as of now, Collins said before the second game of the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium. Collins said he'll go game by game, although he does plan to eventually name someone to hold the job.

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Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY SportsTerry Collins has options at closer but has yet to come to a decision.
"In a little while, you've got to find your guy, because you've got to set up your other guys," he said.

Collins suggested that his guy could well be Jenrry Mejia, who just moved to the bullpen and made a successful first relief appearance Monday night. Collins doesn't want to push him into the ninth inning just yet.

Mejia threw 22 pitches Monday night, three days after throwing 101 pitches in his previous start, so Collins did not plan to use him in Tuesday's game. He also suggested that he wouldn't use Farnsworth, who has pitched three of the past four days and survived a shaky ninth inning Monday to record his third save.

Asked who is left to close Tuesday, Collins mentioned Jose Valverde, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jeurys Familia.

"I have no idea," he said.

Mejia seems like the logical choice to become the closer down the line. The Mets were happy with the way he eventually took the decision to move him to the bullpen, and even happier with how he looked in his first relief appearance since 2012.

"I was very impressed," Collins said. "As we go forward, and we talk about the back end of the bullpen, he's going to throw his name in the hat, because he has swing-and-miss stuff."

The Mets already have used four different pitchers in ninth-inning save opportunities this season. Bobby Parnell was the original closer, but he was lost to Tommy John surgery after just one appearance. Valverde, Farnsworth and Matsuzaka have followed him, with Farnsworth getting four of the past five chances.

Tejada gets his chance: Four days ago, Ruben Tejada lost his job when the Mets called up Wilmer Flores and Collins said: "He's going to play [shortstop]." But then Flores got sick, and Tejada went back in the lineup and played well.

And Tuesday, when Collins was asked if Tejada could regain the everyday job, he said: "There's no question about it."

There's no question already that Tejada has seemed to respond to a challenge.

"It could be that he got a wake-up call," Collins said. "The only thing you could say is he lost his job, and maybe he just got refocused."

Duda gets his chance: Seven of the first eight times the Mets faced a left-handed starter this season, Lucas Duda was on the bench. Tuesday, against the Yankees' Vidal Nuno, Duda was in the lineup.

"We thought this was big, playing him against a left-hander, saying, 'You're the first baseman here,' " Collins said.

Montero in the spotlight: Plenty of people have wondered about the Mets' decision to have Rafael Montero debut in the Subway Series, in a Wednesday night game where his mound opponent will be Masahiro Tanaka. Montero is not among those wondering.

"For me, it's just special that it's my first start," he said. "I'm really excited to be here."

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187