New York Mets Fantasy Baseball Closer Information and Depth Chart
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September 23, 2013
New York Mets – Vic Black got the call in the 8th inning for the second straight night, and though he allowed a run, he held the lead and bridged the gap to LaTroy Hawkins. The hard-throwing righty keeps racking up stats, as he’s now picked up four holds in the last two weeks, and he’s now certainly in the conversation for saves on nights when Hawkins is unavailable. Hierarchy change: Vic Black to Set-up, Frank Francisco to 2nd in line.
September 21, 2013
New York Mets – The Mets used Vic Black in the 8th inning with a 2 run lead last night. Black, who the Mets got from the Pirates in the Marlon Byrd deal, now has 2 wins and 3 holds in his last five appearances. Hierarchy change: Vic Black to 2nd in line, replacing Gonzalez Germen.
September 9, 2013
New York Mets – Frank Francisco, written off by the Mets earlier this year, actually got healthy enough to make a return to the bigs, just in time to try and prove to everyone that he can still get a few outs so he can get a new contract somewhere this offseason. The Mets are likely determined to get at least a few innings out of the expensive, chair-throwing, would-be closer, and they actually sent him out in his first outing to get the last 2 outs of the 8th inning in a one run game. With Gonzalez Germen struggling in recent weeks, Francisco might actually be the best bet for saves on nights when LaTroy Hawkins is unavailable. Hierarchy change: Frank Francisco to Set-up, Gonzalez Germen to 2nd in line.
August 31, 2013
New York Mets – Bobby Parnell is likely done for the season. LaTroy Hawkins should continue to be the primary closer for the Mets, but Gonzalez Germen could see a couple save opportunities down the stretch as well. No hierarchy change.
August 30, 2013
New York Mets – The Mets don’t necessarily see Gonzalez Germen as a closer, but they think he could develop into a strong set-up man, and might start giving him a few 9th inning opportunities, to get him used to pitching in pressure spots. Unless LaTroy Hawkins has a few more meltdowns like the one last weekend, he probably won’t challenge for the full time job, but he could be good for a save or two over the next few weeks. No hierarchy change.
August 18, 2013
New York Mets – David Aardsma finally got into a game, but it was to pitch the fourth and fifth innings after the starter got hurt. This may have just been because he was the best-rested option, but we’ll continue to watch whether he has truly fallen out of favor at the back end of the Mets’ bullpen. No hierarchy change.
August 16, 2013
New York Mets – As expected LaTroy Hawkins was given the night off on Thursday. However, the Mets did not go with David Aardsma, even though he hasn’t pitched since Sunday. Young right-hander Gonzalez Germen picked up his first career save, pitching a scoreless eighth and ninth with 3 Ks. Hierarchy change: Gonzalez Germen to Set-up, David Aardsma to 2nd in line.
August 15, 2013
New York Mets – We’re not even going to make a joke about poor LaTroy Hawkins, who took a comebacker to the groin, gave up a game-tying home run, and was feeling the effects well after the game. Ouch. Wear your cup, kids. No hierarchy change.
August 7, 2013
New York Mets – Although LaTroy Hawkins is best-positioned to pick up saves in Bobby Parnell’s absence, Terry Collins plans to use a committee of sorts, which will apparently include every reliever on the team except Scott Atchison. The lefty most likely to pick up a matchup-based save is Scott Rice. Hierarchy change: Scott Rice to 2nd in line, replacing Scott Atchison.
August 6, 2013
New York Mets – With Bobby Parnell on the DL, the first Mets save went to LaTroy Hawkins, who pitched a scoreless 9th. David Aardsma got a save opp over the weekend, but blew it, and gave up the go-ahead run in extra innings the following night, so given Hawkins’s success tonight, the ageless righty is the best bet for the bulk of saves in the Mets bullpen. Hierarchy change: LaTroy Hawkins to Closer, David Aardsma to Set-up.
August 5, 2013
New York Mets – Bobby Parnell is likely to be placed on the disabled list, retroactive to last week. David Aardsma has gotten the save chances so far in his absence, while LaTroy Hawkins also has an outside shot at earning saves. Hierarchy change: David Aardsma to Closer, LaTroy Hawkins to Set-up, Scott Atchison to 2nd in line, Bobby Parnell to DL.
August 3, 2013
New York Mets – With Bobby Parnell unavailable last night, the Mets went with David Aardsma in the 9th. Unfortunately for the Mets, Aardsma was unable to get the job done. Bobby Parnell will be unavailable on Saturday as well and even though he blew his first opportunity, we would not be surprised if the Mets gave Aardsma another shot. Hierarchy change: David Aardsma to Set-up, LaTroy Hawkins to 2nd in line.
July 18, 2013
New York Mets – The Mets claim they will need to be “blown away” to trade Bobby Parnell, but even if they remember that he’s Bobby Parnell and change their mind, his value is unlikely to drastically change. Any team who goes to the trouble to pry him away from Queens will probably use him to close. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.
July 6, 2013
New York Mets – Josh Edgin picked up the save last night. He got the last out in the 8th inning and then stayed on to finish the game after the Mets added three runs in the top of the 9th. No hierarchy change.
July 1, 2013
New York Mets – A few days ago, Brandon Lyon was in line to get any Mets save opportunities on nights Bobby Parnell was unavailable, but two horrendous outings against the Nationals may have dropped him off the hierarchy altogether. On Friday, Lyon gave up a game-tying three-run double, and on Sunday, he gave up 6 earned runs in just 0.2 innings. David Aardsma has been pitching well (1.80 ERA), but despite his recent closing experience, he hasn’t seized the set-up role yet. For the time being, non-Parnell save opps will likely go to LaTroy Hawkins, who pitched the 9th in a four-run Mets win on Saturday. Hierarchy change: LaTroy Hawkins to Set-up, replacing Brandon Lyon.
June 9, 2013
New York Mets – After a solid stint in AAA, David Aardsma was called up to the bigs and pitched a scoreless inning in the Mets marathon 20-inning loss on Saturday. Given his past experience in the 9th, a couple good outings in a row could position him for an opportunity when Bobby Parnell needs a night off. Hierarchy change: David Aardsma to 2nd in line, replacing Scott Rice.
May 31, 2013
New York Mets – Though he’s been sabermetrically terrifying all season, Scott Rice has been real-world effective for the Mets as their go-to late-innings lefty. Until his walk rate catches up to him, Rice would probably be the man for the save if the Mets were facing a lefty-heavy ninth inning and Bobby Parnell were unavailable. Also in Mets news, Frank Francisco was transferred to the 60-day DL and may have thrown his last pitch as a Met. Hierarchy change: Scott Rice to 2nd in line, replacing LaTroy Hawkins.
May 17, 2013
New York Mets – With five straight scoreless outings — the fifth of which came last night in the 8th inning — Brandon Lyon has worked his way back into relevancy in the beleaguered Mets bullpen. LaTroy Hawkins is headed in the other direction, having given up runs in his last three appearances. Hierarchy change: Brandon Lyon to Set-up, LaTroy Hawkins to 2nd in line.
May 13, 2013
New York Mets – Scott Rice’s ratios have been ugly all season, but early on, he was at least getting outs. His high walk rate has started to catch up to him though, and given that he has a tough time facing righties, it’s unlikely the Mets would go to him in a save spot unless they were playing matchups. Veterans LaTroy Hawkins and Brandon Lyon are both more likely to get a 9th inning chance on nights when Bobby Parnell is unavailable. Hierarchy change: LaTroy Hawkins to Set-up, Brandon Lyon to 2nd in line.
May 10, 2013
New York Mets – Up by 1 run in the 8th inning on Thursday, the Mets went to veteran LaTroy Hawkins for the high-leverage hold. Hawkins surrendered a solo home run, but despite the blown save, the Mets may continue to use him in important late inning spots, as he’s become a reliable man in an otherwise-shaky bullpen. Prior to yesterday, Hawkins (3.00 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 14 Ks, 0 BBs) had gone 10 straight appearances without allowing a run. In other Mets news this week, manager Terry Collins said that Bobby Parnell would continue closing even after Frank Francisco’s return. Hierarchy change: LaTroy Hawkins to 2nd in line, replacing Brandon Lyon. Frank Francisco to Set-up (DL).
May 4, 2013
New York Mets – Jeurys Familia got a 10th inning save after Parnell, Rice, and Lyon had already pitched. No hierarchy change.
April 24, 2013
New York Mets - In both of Bobby Parnell’s saves this year, Scott Rice was a competent 8th inning bridge. After Brandon Lyon’s debacle in the 7th inning of last night’s loss, we believe Rice will hold on to that position. Hierarchy change: Scott Rice to Set-up, Brandon Lyon to 2nd in line.
April 20, 2013
New York Mets - The Mets went to Scott Rice in the eighth inning last night up 3 runs, and he responded by pitching a 1-2-3 inning. Rice has made 6 straight scoreless appearances and should continue to be used late in games for the Mets. Hierarchy change: Scott Rice to 2nd in line, replacing Scott Atchison.
April 17, 2013
New York Mets - Josh Edgin was bombed in the fifth inning of yesterday’s nightcap, while Scott Atchison was quite effective in the seventh and eighth. Hierarchy change: Scott Atchison to 2nd in line, replacing Josh Edgin.
March 7, 2013
New York Mets – Frank Francisco’s elbow inflammation will not be healed come opening day, Terry Collins said earlier this week. ”It’ll be Bobby [Parnell],” said Collins. ”And you know what? He can take that job and run with it.” Parnell has gotten several chances to “run with it” in the past and has never come through, but it sounds as if he’ll have the opportunity to keep the job if he performs well early on. Hierarchy change: Bobby Parnell to Closer, Brandon Lyon to Set-up, Josh Edgin to 2nd in line.
February 24, 2013
New York Mets – Frank Francisco is recovering from an injury and may not be ready for the start of the season. Bobby Parnell will close if Francisco doesn’t make it back in time. Starting 2013 hierarchy: Closer- Frank Francisco, Set-up- Bobby Parnell, 2nd in line- Brandon Lyon.
September 28, 2012
New York Mets – Bobby Parnell just picked up his 6th save of the season. Earlier today, the Mets said that Parnell would close for the last week of the season, so he might be good for one or two more save chances. Hierarchy change: Bobby Parnell to Closer, Jon Rauch to Set-up.
September 28, 2012
New York Mets – After Jon Rauch gave up a 2-run HR in the 9th inning on Thursday, Bobby Parnell got the last two outs for his fifth save of the season. With Frank Francisco likely done for the year, Rauch and Parnell will split opportunities in the season’s final week. No hierarchy change.
September 26, 2012
New York Mets – ESPN New York reported this morning that Frank Francisco is likely done for the year. Terry Collins said that Francisco was unable to play catch on Tuesday and that it was “getting near that point of no return.” Jon Rauch will close in his stead, and Bobby Parnell could also get a chance or two. Hierarchy change: Jon Rauch to Closer, Bobby Parnell to Set-up, Josh Edgin to 2nd in line.
September 23, 2012
New York Mets – Jon Rauch picked up a save on Saturday. Frank Francisco was reportedly available, but the Mets left Rauch in even after he allowed a HR. Francisco remains on the Hot Seat, which has basically been a second home for the Mets closer this year, but he hasn’t lost the job yet, as the Mets were probably just giving him an extra day to recover from a nagging injury that kept him out of a few games earlier this week. No hierarchy change.
August 19, 2012
New York Mets – Over his last 21 appearances- a 15-inning stretch- Jon Rauch has only given up one earned run. He finished off the 8th inning last night, and coupled with his two bail-out saves of Frank Francisco earlier this week, he’s moved past Bobby Parnell on the Mets depth chart. Hierarchy change: Jon Rauch to Set-up, Bobby Parnell to 2nd in line.
August 17, 2012
New York Mets – Jon Rauch again bailed out Frank Francisco in the 9th, retiring the only batter he faced for his third save of the season. Francisco remains on the Hot Seat, and could start losing save chances to Bobby Parnell if he doesn’t get his act together quick. No hierarchy change.
August 13, 2012
New York Mets – Jon Rauch picked up his second save of the season, bailing out both Josh Edgin and Frank Francisco, who couldn’t combine to get three outs in what was initially a blowout. The Mets have already said that Bobby Parnell could get some save opps while Francisco regains his strength, and this outing makes Parnell all the more appealing. Frank Francisco to Hot Seat.
August 3, 2012
New York Mets – Frank Francisco is expected to be activated from the DL today. Bobby Parnell has been OK, but not great, in his place, so Francisco should resume closing immediately. Hierarchy change: Frank Francisco to Closer, Bobby Parnell to Set-up, Jon Rauch to 2nd in line.
July 31, 2012
New York Mets – In a game with lots of bullpen ineptitude on both sides, Manny Acosta picked up a shaky save for the Mets in the 10th inning. Acosta does not fit in to the Mets usual late-inning plans; they’d already used all their top arms when they summoned him last night. No hierarchy change.
July 25, 2012
New York Mets – Pedro Beato was one of the Mets’ best relievers in 2011, but he started this year on the disabled list, and hasn’t been the same. After being called up two weeks ago, Beato has struggled and was sent back down on Tuesday. There is almost nothing to like about the Mets bullpen right now, but youngster Josh Edgin has been a bright spot as of late. He now has 13 Ks in just 7 innings after a 3-strikeout outing last night. Hierarchy change: Josh Edgin to 2nd in line, replacing Pedro Beato.
July 17, 2012
New York Mets – Frank Francisco had a setback in his rehab and will take a few days off before attempting to throw again. Bobby Parnell remains the team’s closer for the foreseeable future. No hierarchy change.
July 15, 2012
New York Mets – The Mets bullpen is a mess at the moment, but the recently returned Pedro Beato could help provide some stability. Beato was often used in the 8th inning last year, and could ease back in to a late inning role soon. Hierarchy change: Pedro Beato to 2nd in line, replacing Tim Byrdak.
July 12, 2012
New York Mets – The Mets may look to add an arm in the bullpen– Grant Balfour’s name has been bandied about– and that’s actually bad news for their current crop of relievers. Frank Francisco, due to return from the DL after the All Star Break, has been far from solid, and any new acquisition could push him for the closer’s job. TRADE DEADLINE: BUY: None. SELL: Frank Francisco.
June 25, 2012
New York Mets – Frank Francisco was placed on the DL on Sunday with a left oblique strain, and Terry Collins said that Bobby Parnell will get save chances until Francisco returns. Jon Rauch could see save opps if Parnell struggles. Hierarchy change: Bobby Parnell to Closer, Jon Rauch to Set-up, Tim Byrdak to 2nd in line, Frank Francisco to DL.
June 24, 2012
New York Mets – Frank Francisco was placed on the DL with a left oblique strain. Manager Terry Collins has said that Bobby Parnell will close while Francisco is out. Hierarchy change: Bobby Parnell to Closer, Jon Rauch to Set-up, Tim Byrdak to 2nd in line, Frank Francisco to DL.
June 5, 2012
New York Mets – Jon Rauch took the loss on Monday, surrendering a 2-run HR to Allen Craig, and after the game headed to the hospital for an elbow examination. At minimum, he’s again fallen behind Bobby Parnell on the Mets depth chart. Hierarchy change: Bobby Parnell to Set-up, Jon Rauch to 2nd in line.
May 30, 2012
New York Mets – After getting knocked around a bit in the middle of May, Jon Rauch has settled down, allowing just one run in his last six appearances. He pitched the 8th inning ahead of Frank Francisco yesterday; Bobby Parnell was used in the 7th. Hierarchy change: Jon Rauch to Set-up, Bobby Parnell to 2nd in line.
May 17, 2012
New York Mets – Three days ago, Jon Rauch was on the verge of being named the Mets new closer. But after last night’s meltdown (0.1 innings, 3 ERs), Rauch’s ERA has jumped to 9.00 for the month of May. Terry Collins will likely look to Bobby Parnell if Frank Francisco continues to falter. Hierarchy change: Bobby Parnell to Set-up, Jon Rauch to 2nd in line.
May 14, 2012
New York Mets – Frank Francisco blew another save on Sunday, allowing 3 runs without recording an out. His ERA ballooned to 8.56, and Terry Collins was noncommittal about the Mets’ closer role going forward, saying he would discuss it before Monday’s game. Even if Francisco keeps his job, he’ll remain firmly on the Hot Seat, but if Collins looks elsewhere, Jon Rauch should get the first chance. No hierarchy change.
May 12, 2012
New York Mets – Frank Francisco blew the save last night and took the loss. Jon Rauch has been pitching well and got the save when Francisco was unavailable on Tuesday. If Francisco continues to struggle Rauch could see more save opportunities. Frank Francisco to Hot Seat.
May 9, 2012
New York Mets – As noted in yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, Frank Francisco had pitched on three consecutive nights, and Jon Rauch got the save in his absence. No hierarchy change.
May 1, 2012
New York Mets – Terry Collins indicated at the start of the season that Miguel Batista would be his man on any night that both Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch were unavailable. But Batista has consistently been the first man out of the bullpen for the Mets, and Bobby Parnell (3.38 ERA, 15/2 K/BB ratio) has been quietly solid. Hierarchy change: Bobby Parnell to 2nd in line, replacing Miguel Batista.
April 22, 2012
New York Mets – Frank Francisco has given up 6 runs in his last three appearances, and his ERA has ballooned to 8.53. Jon Rauch had to bail him out last night after he blew a save chance, and will be first in line for saves if Francisco continues to struggle. Frank Francisco to Hot Seat.
April 11, 2012
New York Mets- The Mets had an uneventful game, bullpen-wise, on Tuesday. However, earlier this week, Terry Collins surprisingly indicated that Miguel Batista would be his 9th inning man on any days when Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch are unavailable. Hierarchy change: Miguel Batista to 2nd in line, replacing Ramon Ramirez.
March 18, 2012
New York Mets- The Mets completely overhauled their bullpen in the offseason, acquiring three pitchers, Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, and Ramon Ramirez, who they will immediately plug in to their late inning roles. Starting 2012 hierarchy: Closer- Frank Francisco, Set-up- Jon Rauch, 2nd in line- Ramon Ramirez.
Dec. 15, 2011
New York Mets- The Mets acquired Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch during the winter GM meetings, and Sandy Alderson has announced that Francisco will close, with Rauch setting up. Hierarchy change: Frank Francisco to Closer, Jon Rauch to Set-up, Bobby Parnell to 2nd in line.
Sept. 25, 2011
New York Mets- After Miguel Batista got in some trouble in the 8th inning, the Mets used Bobby Parnell to escape the jam, then summoned Manny Acosta in the 9th for his third save of the season. Parnell and Acosta are platooning at this point, though Parnell still should see the majority of the final week’s save chances. No hierarchy change.
Sept. 19, 2011
New York Mets- Manny Acosta picked up his 2nd save of the season after the struggling Bobby Parnell was used in the 8th. Parnell should still get the majority of the remaining save opps, but the ones that he doesn’t will likely go to Acosta, as Jason Isringhausen is on the shelf with a sore back. Hierarchy change: Manny Acosta to Set-up, Jason Isringhausen to 2nd in line.
Sept. 11, 2011
New York Mets- Bobby Parnell blew yet another save yesterday. With little to lose, the Mets are still likely to give him a few more save opportunities, but Parnell has already been sharing those chances with Jason Isringhausen and Manny Acosta, and he’s in danger of losing the lion’s share of 9th innings. Parnell to “Hot Seat.”
Sept. 8, 2011
New York Mets- With Bobby Parnell and Jason Isringhausen unavailable, Manny Acosta pitched the 9th inning to earn his first save of the season. No hierarchy change.
Sept. 7, 2011
New York Mets- Rookie Josh Stinson got the save in a 13th inning game last night. All the relievers above him on the depth chart had already pitched. No hierarchy change.
Sept. 1, 2011
New York Mets- Manny Acosta pitched the 7th inning last night and has been used in the late innings more often than Pedro Beato lately. Hierarchy change: Acosta to 2nd in line, replacing Beato.
Aug. 23, 2011
New York Mets- Mets manager Terry Collins initially hinted that Pedro Beato could get some opportunities to close, but now it’s pretty clearly just going to be shared between Bobby Parnell and Jason Isringhausen (with Parnell getting slightly more chances). Hierarchy change: Isringhausen to Set-Up, Beato to 2nd in line.
Aug. 17, 2011
New York Mets- Now that Jason Isringhausen has recorded his 300th career save, Terry Collins has said that the Bobby Parnell will close games for the remainder of the year. If he struggles, keep an eye on Pedro Beato. Hierarchy change: Parnell to Closer, Beato to Set-Up, Isringhausen to 2nd in line.