Wednesday, April 16, 2014
TC says he'll stick with Valverde as closer
By Adam Rubin
PHOENIX -- Jose Valverde has now surrendered homers to three of the last eight batters he has faced.
Still, Terry Collins unequivocally said after Valverde's lackluster showing Wednesday that if there is a one-run lead Friday against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Valverde will be inserted for that save situation.
Valverde, working with a five-run lead in the ninth, surrendered inning-opening homers to Aaron Hill and Paul Goldschmidt, forcing Collins to have Carlos Torres and Daisuke Matsuzaka up in the bullpen.
Valverde allowed two runs and three hits in the inning, but finally recorded the third out as the Mets swept the D-backs with a 5-2 victory.
Wednesday's performance came on the heels of Valverde allowing a game-tying three-run homer to Raul Ibanez with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday in Anaheim.
Collins tried to excuse Wednesday's performance as it being difficult for a closer to build up his adrenaline when the Mets tacked on two runs in the top of the ninth to open a 5-0 lead.
"I wish you could tell you how many times I've seen that edge go off those guys when you add on like that," Collins said.
Valverde also shrugged off the two-homer appearance that lifted his ERA to 6.14.
"The only concern is if my team wins, I'm happy," Valverde said. "That's it."