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New York Mets Fantasy Baseball Daily Bullpen Updates and Closer Depth Chart

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(DL)Anthony Swarzak

Previous updates:

May 25, 2018
New York Mets — Jeurys Familia has received the dreaded “vote of confidence” — though we believe this one — from manager Mickey Callaway, who says he has no plans to remove Familia from the closer’s role. Familia blew the save Wednesday and leads the majors with four such blunders, but he also has a 2.35 ERA with 28 Ks in 23 innings, so it’s not like he’s been terrible.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Gsellman | Ramos. 

May 21, 2018
New York Mets – Rather than use Jeurys Familia for the third straight day, the Mets left Robert Gsellman in for the 9th inning after he’d gotten the final two outs of the 8th. Gsellman converted the gsave, and has surpassed AJ Ramos as the most likely man to get an opportunity when Familia is unavailable. Given Ramos’s control problems thus far (10 BBs in 16.2 innings), he might have fallen behind Seth Lugo as well.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Gsellman | Ramos. 

April 9, 2018
New York Mets – Jacob Rhame picked up his first career save on Sunday night, pitching a scoreless bottom of the 12th inning after the Mets took the lead. Jeurys Familia threw 1.2 innings on Saturday and was being given the night off.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Ramos | Gsellman.

April 4, 2018
New York Mets – Anthony Swarzak officially hit the DL on Tuesday. Seth Lugo, who was supposed to make his first start of the season this week, pitched out of the bullpen on Tuesday and earned a hold. However, with Lugo likely to return to the rotation, we like Robert Gsellman to see some more high-leverage work while Swarzak recovers from his injury.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Ramos | Gsellman.

April 1, 2018
New York Mets – Anthony Swarzak left yesterday’s game with a sore left oblique.  Swarzak is optimistic that this is not something serious, but he will likely miss some time.  Look for Robert Gsellman to see more time in the later innings if Swarzak is placed on the disabled list.

Hierarchy Remains: Familia | Ramos | Swarzak.

March 29, 2018
New York Mets – Pitching coach Dave Eiland said yesterday that Jeurys Familia will serve as the team’s primary closer. There was talk earlier in the spring that the Mets might take a mix-and-match approach in the final innings — and Eiland said they still may occasionally use Familia before the 9th — but right now, it seems that he’s got the full-time gig, or close to it. We’re removing his asterisk.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Ramos | Swarzak.

February 28, 2018
New York Mets – The Mets have been hinting that they may employ a closer-by-committee approach, with new manager Mickey Callaway promising a more progressive usage of both his starters and relievers. So for now we’ll start them off with the dreaded asterisk, though our feeling is that Jeurys Familia is still likely to get the vast majority of save opportunities. AJ Ramos, acquired in the middle of last season, is the clear handcuff given his past experience, while offseason acquisition Anthony Swarzak will be the 7th inning man. Jerry Blevins, likely the only lefty in the Mets bullpen, should again be among the league leaders in appearances and is a good candidate for cheap holds.

Starting 2018 hierarchy: *Familia | Ramos | Swarzak.
* = closer-by-committee
Holds candidates: Ramos | Swarzak | Blevins.

September 29, 2017
New York Mets – A.J. Ramos is listed as day-to-day with biceps tendinitis, but with so few games left in the season and the Mets out of contention, Ramos is probably done for the year.

Updated hierarchy: *Familia | Blevins | Sewald.
* = closer-by-committee

September 26, 2017
New York Mets – Jeurys Familia had a rocky outing (2 runs on 2 hits) in yesterday’s nightcap, but still managed to get the save, his second in the last four days. The Mets have every intention of going into 2018 with Familia as their closer, and so he’s probably a better bet for saves in the season’s final week than AJ Ramos. If you’re still fighting for saves and Familia is available, consider picking him up — though hang on to Ramos, too, if you have the space, as the Mets had previously expressed concern about using Familia in back to back games.

Updated hierarchy: *Familia | Ramos | Blevins.
* = closer-by-committee

September 23, 2017
New York Mets – When AJ Ramos struggled with a 1 run lead, the Mets went to Josh Smoker for one out before summoning Jeurys Familia for his first save opportunity since coming off the DL. He struck out Victor Robles to lock up his first save since May 5th. After the game Terry Collins said it was “nice to see” Familia back in the 9th inning, but did not say that Familia was the closer going forward. Familia has 4 straight scoreless appearances while Ramos has struggled recently, but this was still a 1 out save. We will keep an eye on the next save opportunity for the Mets, but for now Ramos still seems to have the inside track for the end of the season. Familia does make for a good speculative add at this point, as he could easily assume the closer role for the last week of the year.

Hierarchy remains: Ramos | Familia | Blevins.

September 8, 2017
New York Mets – Jeurys Familia pitched the 7th and 8th innings of a Mets victory yesterday, and while he’s been pretty dodgy since returning from the DL, we figure that this outing makes him the leading choice for a save chance on nights when AJ Ramos is unavailable.

Updated hierarchy: Ramos | Familia | Blevins.

August 30, 2017
New York Mets — Jeurys Familia’s second post-DL appearance went a lot smoother than his first one, as he struck out three, walked one and did not allow a hit in 1.2 innings of work with the Mets trailing by four. While it was low-leverage work, it was a promising sign for Terry Collins and the Mets that Familia appears to be shaking off any rust from his long layoff.

Hierarchy remains: Ramos | Blevins | Familia.

August 26, 2017
New York Mets — The Mets got Jeurys Familia back on Friday, and although Terry Collins mentioned that he wanted to get Familia in the game on Friday, he ended up using Blevins for the last out in the eighth and then A.J. Ramos for the save.  Ramos gave up a run on two hits and two walks last night, and while he will continue to close for now, Familia could work his way back into the closer’s role once he gets comfortable.

Updated hierarchy: Ramos | Blevins | Familia.

August 25, 2017
New York Mets –Jeurys Familia will be activated later today. Will he close right away? Terry Collins said for now, A.J. Ramos will stay in the closer’s spot. But it appears Familia will have the right to earn that spot back this season.

Hierarchy remains: Ramos | Blevins | Sewald.

August 17, 2017
New York Mets — Jeurys Familia made his first rehab appearance since having surgery in May, a scoreless inning for high-A St. Lucie.

Hierarchy remains: Ramos | Blevins | Sewald.

July 31, 2017
New York Mets – Addison Reed is headed to the Red Sox, pending medical evaluation, according to’s Mark Feinsand. Joel Sherman has also confirmed. AJ Ramos takes over as closer for the Mets.

Updated hierarchy: Ramos | Blevins | Sewald.

July 29, 2017
New York Mets — Addison Reed’s days as a Met are numbered; the latest sign was the team’s acquisition of A.J. Ramos on Friday. Reed is a free agent at the end of the season, while Ramos is under team control through 2019 and could be a solid setup man for Jeurys Familia next season. Reed, who picked up his 19th save last night, will likely continue to close for the next few days. Familia recently began a throwing program, and manager Terry Collins said that he will be back this season. Expect another day or two of Reed, then a month or so of Ramos closing, before Familia finishes the year.

Updated hierarchy: Reed | Ramos | Blevins. 

July 22, 2017
New York Mets — With the Mets up four in the eighth, they turned to Erik Goeddel. He got himself into trouble, giving up a run and putting two men on, so in came Addison Reed. After a walk and a single, Reed was pulled for Jerry Blevins, who retired five straight to earn his first save of the year. Blevins’s solid performance should cement him in the role of Reed’s handcuff if the closer gets traded.

Hierarchy remains: Reed | Blevins | Sewald. 

July 9, 2017
New York Mets – Fernando Salas continued to struggle yesterday, as he gave up another run and pitched with the Mets losing.  It’s hard to imagine the Mets using Salas to protect any type of lead, but they don’t have a lot of other good options.  Paul Sewald has picked up a couple holds in July so we move him into Salas’s spot on the hierarchy.  Injured closer Jeurys Familia is expected to begin throwing during the All-Star break, but there is still no real time table for his return.

Updated hierarchy: Reed | Blevins | Sewald. 

June 12, 2017
New York Mets – Jerry Blevins has been the best reliever in the Mets bullpen all season, but we’ve been reluctant to move him to first in line because he’d mostly been pitching to lefties. But he got the full 8th inning yesterday, and will probably get similar looks going forward, mostly because the team doesn’t have another option.

Updated hierarchy: Reed | Blevins | Salas. 

May 30, 2017
New York Mets – Up by 2 runs in the 8th, the Mets summoned Paul Sewald to bridge the gap to Addison Reed, and Sewald responded with a perfect inning that included two strikeouts. Terry Collins had Jerry Blevins and Fernando Salas warming in case Sewald (20.1 IP, 24 Ks/4 BBs, 2.21 ERA) got into trouble, but the young righty may have seized the 8th inning with the strong outing.

Updated hierarchy: Reed | Sewald | Blevins.

May 24, 2017
New York Mets — The Mets demoted the struggling Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday. We expect that Fernando Salas, who has three holds over his last five appearances, will be the primary set-up man for Addison Reed. Salas pitched a perfect 1.1 innings to close out Tuesday’s 9-3 win.

Updated hierarchy: Reed | Salas | Blevins.

May 13, 2017
New York MetsOne tingling finger led to some precautionary tests and, 48 hours later, Jeurys Familia was having surgery to remove a blood clot near his right shoulder. Familia is expected to miss several months of action, reopening the door for Addison Reed to establish himself as New York’s closer. It will be a combination of Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, and Fernando Salas setting Reed up.

Hierarchy remains: Reed | Robles | Blevins.

May 12, 2017
New York Mets — Mets closer Jeurys Familia has an arterial clot in his throwing shoulder and will likely be out for a while, if not the rest of the season. According to the team, Familia will see Dr. Robert Thompson, who performed season-ending surgery to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome on Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey last season, on Friday for further tests and possibly surgery. Addison Reed will fill in while Familia is out, though don’t be surprised if the Mets go shopping.

Updated hierarchy: Reed | Robles | Blevins.

May 11, 2017
New York Mets — The Mets unexpectedly announced that Jeurys Familia has an arterial clot in his right shoulder and is being examined for potential surgery. Addison Reed should fill in while Familia gets treatment.

Updated hierarchy: Reed | Robles | Blevins.

April 30, 2017
New York Mets — Hansel Robles struck out four batters in 1.2 scoreless innings yesterday, and has been pitching well recently.  Meanwhile Fernando Salas has been struggling after getting off to a solid start, giving up six runs over his past four appearances.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Reed | Robles.

April 29, 2017
New York Mets — Jeurys Familia pitched himself into trouble in his first save opportunity, loading the bases with three singles, up two in the ninth. Familia did strike out the next batter, but was pulled so lefty Josh Edgin could face Bryce Harper. Edgin got Harper to ground into a 1-2-3 double play, picking up his first save. Familia had a rough outing, but hopefully has worked through the rust.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Reed | Salas.

April 21, 2017
New York Mets — Jeurys Familia returned from his 15-game domestic-violence suspension and tossed a scoreless ninth inning Thursday for the Mets in a 6-4 loss. Manager Terry Collins planned to pitch Familia in a non-save situation Thursday, with the hope he’d return him to the role as early as Friday.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Reed | Salas.

March 30, 2017
New York Mets — As expected, Jeurys Familia will miss the first 15 games of the year as a result of his offseason domestic violence arrest. Addison Reed will close during Familia’s suspension.

Updated hierarchy: Reed | Salas | Robles.

March 1, 2017
New York Mets — The Mets are preparing to start the season without Jeurys Familia, who is awaiting a likely suspension from MLB due to a domestic violence incident in the offseason. (Charges were dropped, but Jose Reyes got a 51-game suspension from MLB despite charges being dropped in his case.) Addison Reed will close in Familia’s absence, with Fernando Salas picking up the eighth inning. Our guess is that Familia misses about 30 games, but until MLB makes an official decision, we’ll leave him at the top of the hierarchy.

Starting 2017 hierarchy: Familia | Reed | Salas.
Holds candidates: Salas, Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins.

September 24, 2016
New York Mets — Hansel Robles came in with two on and one out in the seventh, up two runs. He induced a double play, the Mets scored three more runs, and Robles finished out the last two innings to earn his first career save.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Reed | Salas.

September 19, 2016
New York Mets — Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed were both given the afternoon off on Sunday, so the Mets mixed-and-matched their way through the late innings, culminating in the second save of the season for Jerry Blevins. But even though both those saves have come in the last week, Blevins remains largely a LOOGY, and it’s unlikely he’d get the first crack at closing if Familia and Reed both went down suddenly.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Reed | Salas.

September 14, 2016
New York Mets — After the Mets regained a lead previously blown by Jeurys Familia, Fernando Salas got the first two outs of the 10th inning. With lefty Daniel Murphy at the plate, Terry Collins called upon LOOGY Jerry Blevins for the final out. Blevins struck Murphy out and picked up his first save since Sept. 11, 2012.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Reed | Salas.

September 2, 2016
New York Mets — Fernando Salas pitched in his first game for the Mets Thursday since being acquired from the Angels this week, retiring three of the four hitters he faced with his new team trailing 6-1. We’ll continue to monitor how Terry Collins uses him moving forward.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Reed | Salas.

September 1, 2016
New York Mets — We give the newly acquired Fernando Salas a slight edge over Jim Henderson, given Salas’s good performance since the All-Star break.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Reed | Salas.

August 21, 2016
New York Mets – The Mets activated Jim Henderson on Saturday.  Hansel Robles has struggles recently and Jerry Blevins is more of a lefty specialist so we expect Henderson to return to his seventh inning role.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Reed | Henderson.

August 16, 2016
New York Mets – While the Mets have had one of the most stable bullpens in the majors this year, the dog days of summer appear to be wearing out Hansel Robles. After posting a 0.00 ERA in 10 July appearances, Robles has struggled in August, giving up 8 runs and 5 walks in just 8.1 innings. Left-hander Jerry Blevins has pitched well all season and should be rewarded with more late-inning opportunities if Robles continues to struggle.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Reed | Blevins.

July 29, 2016
New York Mets — After an unreal save-conversion streak in the regular season, Jeurys Familia has a new streak of blown saves after he blew his second chance in as many days in the Mets loss Thursday. Manager Terry Collins had been worried about Familia’s fatigue, but he still trotted his closer out there in the 9th despite telling reporters on Wednesday that Familia would be unavailable. Familia has now thrown 52 pitches over the last two days and has pitched in four out of the last five. To be fair, Familia told his manager he was available, but give him a break, Terry!

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Reed | Robles.

July 28, 2016
New York Mets — Pour one out for Jeurys Familia’s 52-game regular-season save streak, the third-longest in MLB history (behind Tom Gordon and Eric Gagne). Familia’s streak is survived by Zach Britton’s 34-game regular-season save streak, Tony Wolters’s five-game hitting streak, and Vin Scully’s 67-year streak of being awesome.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Reed | Robles.

July 23, 2016
New York Mets — Hansel Robles pitched a solid sixth and seventh to earn the win on Friday. Robles has seen his role expand in the New York bullpen, while Jerry Blevins has been used as more of a LOOGY.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Reed | Robles.

June 22, 2016
New York Mets — Jim Henderson hit the DL Tuesday with right biceps tendinitis. Manager Terry Collins said that he will mix and match in the seventh, with Jerry Blevins picking up a hold in that inning on Tuesday. Blevins lowered his ERA to 1.45 with the clean outing and gets Henderson’s spot in the hierarchy for now.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Reed | Blevins.

June 9, 2016
New York Mets — A timely double play helped Jeurys Familia overcome three walks to extend his franchise-record regular season save streak to 35.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Reed | Henderson.

June 1, 2016
New York Mets — Some guy named Noah Syndergaard earned his first regular-season hold for the Mets last night, breaking 100 mph on 9 of his 17 pitches. But let’s be honest; he’s no Jim Henderson.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Reed | Henderson.

May 30, 2016
New York Mets — Two consecutive rough outings have doubled Jeurys Familia’s ERA — he gave up a four-run lead on Friday and then allowed two go-ahead runs to score last night. He’s still actually perfect in save opportunities because neither of those were blown saves, and the Mets seem to think it’s not a mechanical issue. But Familia’s strikeout rates are down this season and a few more bad outings might open the door for Addison Reed.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Reed | Henderson.

May 23, 2016
New York Mets – Normal 8th inning man Addison Reed had pitched three days in a row, so the Mets turned to Jim Henderson to bridge the gap to Jeurys Familia. Henderson got the job done, nabbing his 8th hold of the year, and dropped his ERA to 3.00. With 22 Ks in 15 IPs thus far, the former closer might be worth a look in holds leagues.

Updatedhierarchy: Familia | Reed | Henderson.

April 28, 2016
New York Mets – As predicted in the Vulture Save Watch, Addison Reed picked up his first save of the year protecting a three-run lead. Hansel Robles took the 8th inning ahead of Reed, and he retired the heart of the Reds’ lineup while striking out two. Robles has been taking the 7th inning recently, and while Jim Henderson has been solid in the early going, Robles has gotten the higher-leverage situations of late.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Reed | Robles.

April 6, 2016
New York Mets – Jim Henderson, who had last appeared in the majors on May 1, 2014, threw a perfect seventh inning with two strikeouts in a 2-0 win over the Royals. Manager Terry Collins said he doesn’t want to overuse Henderson, but you can expect to see him take the mound more frequently in the seventh inning.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Reed | Henderson.

March 2, 2016
New York Mets – Jeurys Familia came out of nowhere last season to post one of the most dominant seasons in the majors, and he enters 2016 as a top ten closer. His handcuffs are a little unclear, due to Jenrry Mejia becoming the first player to be permanently banned from MLB after testing positive for PEDs for the third time — for those tracking at home, that’s just one fewer than the number of companies that Donald Trump has bankrupted. (**After our Democratic primary joke on Monday, we’ve now fulfilled our obligation to make jokes about both political parties. Please don’t rage-unsubscribe. Thank you.**) But in all likelihood, the 8th inning will be handled by Addison Reed, who recaptured some of his form after joining the Mets late in the year. Antonio Bastardo, Hansel Robles, and Jerry Blevins will be tasked with getting the ball to Reed and Familia.

Starting 2016 hierarchy: Familia | Reed | Bastardo.
Holds candidates: Reed, Bastardo, Robles. 

September 19, 2015
New York Mets — Tyler Clippard tweaked his back during batting practice, so Addison Reed got the eighth inning against the Yankees on Friday night. After the game, Clippard told the press that he expects to be available Saturday.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Clippard | Reed.

September 14, 2015
New York Mets – With Jeurys Familia and Tyler Clippard getting the night off, Addison Reed picked up his first save since June 15, pitching a scoreless 10th inning. Reed has now pitched eight scoreless innings as a Met.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Clippard | Reed.

September 12, 2015
New York Mets — With Hansel Robles in the Dominican Republic for his grandfather’s funeral, the Mets turned to former Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed in the seventh inning of a one-run game. Reed, who has a 0.00 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in seven appearances as a Met, struck out the side. Robles has been excellent, but Reed has experience that the team might value even more down the stretch.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Clippard | Reed.

August 27, 2015
New York Mets — Tyler Clippard collected his second save with the Mets last night when he recorded the final out of the eighth inning and stayed on for a 1-2-3 ninth after the Mets tacked on three runs to extend their advantage to five.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Clippard | Robles.

August 24, 2015
New York Mets – Hansel Robles pitched the ninth inning in a 4-run game on Sunday, which is more relevant than usual since Terry Collins was treating almost any lead as a save situation in the Mets’ first two games at Coors Field — Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia had both pitched in 5-run games on Friday and Saturday. Robles has earned the trust of Collins as of late, and going forward, look for him to share the 7th inning with Logan Verrett, who earned a prominent place in the bullpen after his masterful spot start yesterday.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Clippard | Robles.

August 16, 2015
New York Mets – Carlos Torres pitched a perfect seventh inning in a tie game yesterday.  Torres has given up zero earned runs over his last eleven innings, picking up two wins during that time.  Meanwhile, Bobby Parnell took the loss on Thursday after he gave up three hits and two runs without recording an out.  Parnell has only one strikeout versus four walks in her last 4.1 innings and it will be hard for the Mets to trust him in tight situations with those type of numbers.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Clippard | Torres.

August 3, 2015
New York Mets – Tyler Clippard picked up his first save as a Met on Sunday night, pitching a scoreless 9th inning. As mentioned in yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, Jeurys Familia had pitched in three straight.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Clippard | Parnell.

July 31, 2015
New York Mets — What’s wrong with Jeurys Familia? He has been dynamite all season, but since the All-Star Break, he’s allowed 6 ER in 5.1 IP and blown two saves. He took the loss Thursday, yielding three hits, including a three-run bomb to Justin Upton. (In a roundabout way, maybe he’s showing the Mets they need to trade for Upton.) In other news, new Met Tyler Clippard picked up his first hold for New York, working a scoreless eighth inning.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Clippard | Parnell. 

July 29, 2015
New York Mets – Tyler Clippard made his Mets debut on Tuesday and recorded the final three outs of a 4-0 win. His addition came at the perfect time for the Mets, as Jenrry Mejia was suspended for 162 games due to PED use. This means that Bobby Parnell will get the majority of the seventh-inning holds going forward.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Clippard | Parnell. 

July 27, 2015
New York Mets – The Mets’ acquisition of Tyler Clippard won’t displace Jeurys Familia, who has been one of the best closers in the game this year. It will, however, cut into hold opportunities for Jenrry Mejia and Bobby Parnell, as Clippard figures to be the 8th inning guy going forward. On the off chance that the playoffs matter in your fantasy league, know that the Mets likely made this move because they know they won’t have Mejia should they make it to October — he’s barred from postseason play this year as part of his earlier PED suspension.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Clippard | Mejia. 

July 7, 2015
New York Mets — Jenrry Mejia returns from his 80-game Stanozolol suspension today; although he won’t challenge Jeurys Familia for the closer role, he should get his share of later-inning work.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Parnell | Mejia.

July 6, 2015
New York Mets – Logan Verrett picked up a three-inning save in a blowout on Sunday. Verrett has been solid, but he remains a longshot for holds at this point.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Parnell | Robles.

June 30, 2015
New York Mets – A week from today, Jenrry Mejia will be eligible to return from his 80-game suspension. Given the uncertainty in the Mets bullpen behind Jeurys Familia, Mejia will likely be tapped for some late-inning work and could be a source of holds almost immediately.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Parnell | Robles.

June 26, 2015
New York Mets — Pitching for the first time in almost a full week, closer Jeurys Familia nailed down the save with a clean ninth inning. Familia had been battling groin tightness, but it appears his groin has loosened up a bit.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Parnell | Robles.

June 24, 2015
New York Mets — Although the Mets lost last night, Jeurys Familia was available to pitch if called on after leaving with an injury last week. Because they were behind, Familia wasn’t used, but Bobby Parnell did put up a scoreless third of an inning to keep his ERA at 0.00 on the season.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Parnell | Robles.

June 20, 2015
New York Mets — Jeurys Familia entered Friday night’s game with the team behind in the eighth, and exited with an apparent injury. After the game, Terry Collins called it a cramp, but Familia said it was “left groin tightness” that might keep him out for the next few days.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Parnell | Robles.

June 17, 2015
New York Mets — As predicted in the Vulture Save Watch, old friend Bobby Parnell got the call for the Mets on Tuesday, recording an impressive five-out save, his first since July 13, 2013. Jeurys Familia desperately needed a night off, and he may see another night of rest after throwing 87 pitches over the last six days.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Parnell | Robles.

June 14, 2015
New York Mets — With Jeurys Familia away from the team on paternity leave, the Mets were unable to hold a late inning lead.  Manager Terry Collins mentioned Bobby Parnell as an option to close while Familia is away, but instead used the righty to get the last out of the 8th inning.  Collins went with rookie Hansel Robles to start the 9th inning.   He got two outs but also gave up a run and left two runners on.  Lefty Alex Torres came on to try and get Freddie Freeman to end the game but instead gave up the game tying run.  Familia is clearly the closer when he comes back, but we will see if Collins actually gives Parnell a chance or if he goes back to Robles when Familia is not available.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Parnell | Robles.

June 13, 2015
New York Mets — Terry Collins apparently bought Bobby Parnell’s explanation for minor league hitters teeing off on him at Binghamton and St. Lucie (.373 average against, one walk per inning); he plans to use Parnell if a save situation arises while Jeurys tends to his Familia on paternity leave.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Parnell | C.Torres.

June 12, 2015
New York Mets — 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery, Bobby Parnell is finally back in the big leagues, albeit with diminished velocity. Parnell had been rehabbing for 30 days in the minors and, as a player with five years of major league experience, he had the right to veto an extended stay there. The Mets apparently didn’t ask him to stay on the farm, where he was torched for an 11.57 ERA in 14 innings between A and AA — an outcome he claims was the result of focusing on perfecting individual pitches during his outings. He’ll have to prove he can recapture his old form before he gets many high-leverage looks for the big club.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | C.Torres | Robles.

June 8, 2015
New York Mets – In a 2-run game, rookie Hansel Robles got the 8th inning for the Mets. Terry Collins had Jeurys Familia warming up for a long save if Robles got in any trouble, but the righty posted a perfect inning and picked up his third hold. Robles’s numbers aren’t great so far (4.97 ERA), but the advanced metrics think he’s been pretty solid and Collins has been giving him lots of high-leverage chances lately.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | C.Torres | Robles.

April 25, 2015
New York Mets — The Mets’ success is overshadowing their terrible luck with injuries — on Friday came news that Bobby Parnell’s minor league rehab would be shut down for a week because of forearm soreness. Parnell has been out for a year now after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | C.Torres | A.Torres.

April 20, 2015
New York Mets – Jerry Blevins broke his forearm fielding a comebacker on Sunday, and will likely miss at least the next month or two. Vic Black, meanwhile, had a setback in his recovery, meaning the Mets will have to rely on Alex Torres and Buddy Carlyle in the 7th inning going forward. Bobby Parnell can’t get back soon enough.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | C.Torres | A.Torres.

April 19, 2015
New York Mets — Alex Torres came on to get the last out of the 9th inning and record his first career save.  With Jeurys Familia and Jerry Blevins getting the night off, Carlos Torres made a mess of a 4 run lead to start the 9th.  He gave up three runs and had the tying run on first base before A. Torres struck out Christian Yelich to end the game.

Hierarchy Remains: Familia | C.Torres | Blevins.

April 18, 2015
New York Mets — The Mets sent Rafael Montero down to the minors to stretch him out for a planned spot start on April 28; if the outing goes well, Montero could challenge Dillon Gee for the fifth starter role. Manager Terry Collins used the move to advocate a new roster format that would allow teams to deactivate players, as in the NFL and NBA. Jerry Blevins, who got the eighth-inning hold in Thursday’s game, is in line for more high-leverage work.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | C.Torres | Blevins.

April 17, 2015
New York Mets — In a rehab outing for Class A St. Lucie, Bobby Parnell allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in one inning of work. If this outing is any indication, Parnell may have a long way to go. Original estimates had Parnell returning to the Mets sometime in May; assuming he gets his act together, he could return to the late-inning mix. In the meantime, Jeurys Familia continues to get the job done for the Mets. He recorded his fourth save in as many chances Thursday, closing the door on the Marlins with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | C.Torres | Montero.

April 16, 2015
New York Mets — If anybody was holding out hope that Jenrry Mejia would be a factor in the bullpen when he returns from his PED suspension, it may be time to cut ties with him. Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he isn’t even guaranteed a roster spot when he gets back, let alone a shot at the closer’s role.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | C.Torres | Montero.

April 12, 2015
New York Mets —  Jenrry Mejia has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug Stanozolol.  Manager Terry Collins said he was disappointed for the other guys on the team and David Wright expressed his frustration.  Familia should continue to close for now, but this could create a bigger opportunity for Bobby Parnell when he returns.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | C.Torres | Montero.

April 10, 2015
New York Mets — Pitching in a non-save situation Thursday, Jeurys Familia allowed two hits and a run in the ninth inning of the Mets’ 6-3 win. Manager Terry Collins said before the game Thursday that Familia would not be the team’s exclusive closer, but will be “the guy” once he “can get lefties out in certain situations.” Confusingly, Collins finished by saying, “Right now Jeurys is going to close.” In case you were wondering, lefties hit .293 against Familia last season, but the two hits he allowed Thursday were to righties (Ian Desmond and Reed Johnson). It’s safe to say Familia is still the guy until Mejia returns.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | C.Torres | Montero.

April 8, 2015
New York Mets – Jenrry Mejia was officially placed on the 15-day DL Tuesday. Jeurys Familia will be the go-to option for Terry Collins in the ninth for the time being.

Hierarchy remains: Familia | Torres | Montero.

April 7, 2015
New York Mets – Jenrry Mejia experienced elbow stiffness in the Mets’ bullpen while warming up and never entered the game. Pitching coach Ricky Bones said that Mejia had the same expression on his face as when he hurt his elbow in 2011, when Bones was his coach in Buffalo. That injury required surgery. We will keep an eye on Mejia’s status, but for now, Jeurys Familia will get save opportunities, according to Terry Collins.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Torres | Montero.

April 6, 2015
New York Mets – Jenrry Mejia hurt his elbow warming up for the 9th inning, and the Mets instead used Jerry Blevins and Buddy Carlyle to get the save. Mejia’s injury could be serious, and Jeurys Familia will close if he misses any time.

Updated hierarchy: Familia | Torres | Carlyle.

April 6, 2015
New York Mets – Vic Black, still fighting off a sore shoulder, will open the season on the disabled list. Black is expected to rejoin the team after the first road trip of the season, but in the meantime, Carlos Torres will pick up the slack.

Updated hierarchy: Mejia | Familia | Torres.

March 29, 2015
New York Mets
 — Bobby Parnell could be back for the Mets sooner than the original May 1st target date.  Parnell’s velocity has been down so far but he is not concerned by the radar gun readings as he works his way back.  Parnell could challenge Mejia for the closer’s job when he returns.

Hierarchy remains: Mejia | Familia | Black.

March 9, 2015
New York Mets – The Mets bullpen, an abject disaster for the first half of 2014 (Jose Valverde, Kyle Farnsworth, et al.), steadied itself down the stretch and could potentially be a team strength in 2015. They don’t have much in the way of lefthanded relief — Josh Edgin is the only reasonable option at the moment — but with Bobby Parnell returning to join Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, and Vic Black, the Mets have got four hard-throwing righties who will jockey to hold down the late innings. Mejia will start the year as closer, though Terry Collins turned some heads when he said that the closer job is Parnell’s to lose once he returns. This strikes us as a bit odd, since Mejia had a solid, albeit up-and-down year (56.1 IPs, 2.72 ERA, 60 Ks, 21 BBs, 4 HRs) after being moved to the bullpen in May, and amassed almost as many saves (28) as Parnell has accumulated in his entire career (36). So we figure that Mejia holds the job into May and beyond if he starts out hot; otherwise, Parnell will get it back. Jeurys Familia, meanwhile, continues to look like the closer of the future.

Starting 2015 hierarchy: Mejia | Familia | Black.
Holds candidates: Familia, Edgin.

September 10, 2014
New York Mets — When Jenrry Mejia loaded the bases on two hits and a walk, Terry Collins used lefty Josh Edgin and set-up guy Jeurys Familia to nail down the win. With Vic Black returning from the disabled list and Familia outpitching Mejia down the stretch, the Mets closer remains firmly on the Hot Seat.

Updated hierarchy: Mejia | Familia | Black.

August 29, 2014
New York Mets – Vic Black was placed on the DL retroactive to Aug. 24 with a herniated disk in his neck. Daisuke Matsuzaka would’ve been our choice to replace him, but he had a rough return to the bigs on Thursday, giving up 3 runs in 0.2 innings. Until Matsuzaka sorts it out, we’ll go with swingman Carlos Torres for the 2nd in line spot for now. Torres has pitched 9.2 consecutive scoreless innings.

Updated hierarchy: Mejia | Familia | Torres.

August 21, 2014
New York Mets — Jenrry Mejia is running out of body parts to injure. On Wednesday, he added a stiff back to his hernia and sore calf, which is a sentence that I can’t believe I’m writing about a 24-year-old professional athlete. Jeurys Familia picked up the five-out save while Mejia convalesced. With the Mets off tomorrow, Mejia believes that he’ll be ready for Friday’s game in LA, but this has gone far enough for us to speculate that Familia will close in 2015 (if not before), while Mejia moves to West Palm Beach and starts going everywhere on an electric scooter.

Hierarchy remains: Mejia | Familia | Black.

August 12, 2014
New York Mets – Jenrry Mejia, battling both a sore calf and a hernia injury, had the day off on Monday. Jeurys Familia picked up the vulture save in his stead, but Mejia is expected to be available on Tuesday. He’ll remain on the Hot Seat for now, since his status can change after each appearance he makes.

Hierarchy remains: Mejia | Familia | Black.

August 11, 2014
New York Mets – Jenrry Mejia blew the save and took the loss on Sunday, and after the game, revealed that he is battling both a sore calf (which we knew about) and a hernia injury (which we didn’t know about). Given this information, we’ll move Mejia to the Hot Seat, partly because Jeurys Familia has been so good, but mostly because it’s likely that the Mets will shut Mejia down if he’s not effective in attempting to pitch through these two injuries.

Hierarchy remains: Mejia | Familia | Black.
Jenrry Mejia to Hot Seat.

August 10, 2014
New York Mets – Jeurys Familia recorded his second save of the season last night.  Regular closer Jenrry Mejia has been battling a sore calf muscle and, after pitching through it two nights in a row, he was given the night off on Saturday.

Hierarchy remains: Mejia | Familia | Black.

August 8, 2014
New York Mets – Jenrry Mejia pitched a scoreless 12th inning on Thursday but couldn’t return for the 13th because of a balky hamstring. Mejia said he’d be fine, but if his injury is more serious than he’s letting on, Jeurys Familia would be in line for saves.

Hierarchy remains: Mejia | Familia | Black.

July 16, 2014
New York Mets – The Mets have been hot lately, and they won’t trade any of the young bullpen arms that have been so surprisingly effective. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.

June 19, 2014
New York Mets — Terry Collins pulled closer Jenrry Mejia with two outs and a man on in the ninth to gain a platoon advantage against streaking lefthander Matt Adams. Journeyman Dana Eveland induced a groundout and earned his first save in nine years. This is the sort of flexible, open-minded, matchup-based approach to the ninth that should be celebrated from a manager. Unless you’re a Mejia owner, in which case Terry Collins is a real jobbernowl.

Hierarchy remains: Mejia | Familia | Black.

June 16, 2014
New York Mets – Prior to Sunday’s game, there was talk of a disabled list stint for Jenrry Mejia.  But when the late innings rolled around, Mejia proved himself healthy, picking up a rare 2-inning save in a 2-run game.  Jeurys Familia’s two-day stint at closer is at an end.

Hierarchy remains: Mejia | Familia | Black.

June 14, 2014
New York Mets — The Mets do not expect closer Jenrry Mejia to need a DL stint after he had an MRI on his back on Friday.  However, Mejia is still expected to miss a few more days.  Familia pitched the 9th in a 4 run game last night and should see any save opportunities while Mejia is sidelined.

Hierarchy remains: Mejia | Familia | Black.

June 13, 2014
New York Mets — Jenrry Mejia was pulled from the game in the eleventh inning on Thursday with what the Mets later explained was back stiffness. Mejia has been injury-prone in his career; we should know more about the seriousness of this situation soon.

Hierarchy remains: Mejia | Familia | Black.

June 12, 2014
New York Mets — Vic Black appears to have nosed ahead of Carlos Torres in the New York bullpen.

Updated hierarchy: Mejia | Familia | Black.

June 1, 2014
New York Mets — Carlos Torres picked up the save in the 14th inning yesterday.  Also, despite pitching in the 8th inning yesterday and getting a hold, Daisuke Matsuzaka will no longer factor into the Mets late inning bullpen plans as he is being moved to the starting rotation.

Updated hierarchy: Mejia | Familia | Torres.

May 29, 2014
New York Mets — As predicted in Wednesday’s Vulture Save Watch, Jeurys Familia picked up his first career save in a five-out, one-hit outing on Wednesday. To add to the fun, manager Terry Collins said that he will “have to” consider giving Familia some save opps going forward. Despite Collins’ praise, Jenrry Mejia has thrown 9.1 scoreless innings since his move to the bullpen and appears to have locked up the ninth inning. However, if Mejia struggles or is unavailable, Familia is now certainly secure as the handcuff.

Hierarchy remains: Mejia | Familia | Matsuzaka.

May 28, 2014
New York Mets — After Jenrry Mejia took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon and proclaimed he was “very comfortable” with the closer role, Terry Collins tested that resolve with a two-inning, 37-pitch slog against the Pirates. Mejia earned the save and, no doubt, a day off. Vic Black made his return appearance in the sixth with the score tied, escaping a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout of ex-Met Ike Davis. Black stayed on for the seventh and earned the win, and is poised to move into our hierarchy whenever Terry Collins decides to utilize Dice-K elsewhere.

Hierarchy remains: Mejia | Familia | Matsuzaka.

May 27, 2014
New York Mets — They say that if you love something, you should let it go; apparently, the Mets have a thing for mediocre relievers on the high side of 35. On the heels of turning Kyle Farnsworth into Inigo Montoya, New York axed Jose Valverde on Monday for giving up four runs in two-thirds of an inning. Even after his successful spot start on Sunday, Dice-K still appears to be the next guy up in the bullpen — but if Vic Black, freshly recalled from AAA, can improve his command, the Mets might be able to leave thirtysomethings behind them for good.

Updated hierarchy: Mejia | Familia | Matsuzaka.

May 26, 2014
New York Mets – When Terry Collins started talking about Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia in the back of the New York bullpen, we thought he’d turned a corner and was finally going to commit to the good young arms that had been developed in the Mets farm system. And while we can at least be grateful that Mejia has stuck, it seems Collins is still going to use Jose Valverde — arguably the worst pitcher in the Mets’ pen — as Mejia’s backup. On Friday, Collins said that Valverde would be his closer since Mejia was unavailable, and followed it up by saying the same thing between games during Sunday’s doubleheader. Weirdly, he still went to Mejia in game two on Sunday after saying he wouldn’t, but Papa Grande now appears to be the handcuff.

Updated hierarchy: Mejia | Valverde | Familia.

May 23, 2014
New York Mets – The 9th inning in New York suddenly seems like a pretty solid proposition, as Jenrry Mejia has now pitched 5.1 scoreless innings (6 Ks, 0 BBs) since his move to the bullpen, including his first back-to-back appearances on Wednesday and Thursday. But after that, it’s hard to figure anything out. Would-be set-up man Jeurys Familia has a 2.38 ERA in May, but he was summoned in the 5th inning a few days back. (This, just a week or so after Terry Collins said Familia was about to win the closer gig.) And instead, last night, it was Daisuke Matsuzaka who got the 8th inning hold. Matsuzaka isn’t an ideal reliever by any means; astoundingly, he has walked at least one batter in 14 of his 17 appearances. But perhaps even more astoundingly, he’s managed to post an ERA of 2.14 thus far, and his strikeout rate is higher than it ever was when he was a starter (24 Ks in 21 innings).

Updated hierarchy: Mejia | Familia | Matsuzaka.

May 18, 2014
New York Mets – Jenrry Mejia recorded his first career save yesterday, working around a leadoff single and striking out 2 batters.  The Mets are grooming Mejia to be their closer but they are still not sure that he can pitch on back to back days.  Until he proves he can, the Mets will have to use a committee to close out games when Mejia is unavailable.

Hierarchy remains: Mejia | Familia | Valverde.

May 16, 2014
New York Mets – After several beat writers suggested that his repertoire would be perfect for the 9th inning, Jenrry Mejia was moved to the bullpen last week. But when the Mets transitioned to a closer by committee, Terry Collins named nearly everyone in the bullpen except Mejia as potential 9th inning options. However, an impressive appearance in Yankee Stadium seems to have changed Collins’s mind, and before Thursday’s game, he declared that Mejia would be his closer for the evening, emphasizing that the role would change on a nightly basis. (Someone different will likely be the closer tonight, as Mejia isn’t conditioned to pitch in back to back games yet, said Collins.) Still, this is a good development for the New York bullpen, as Mejia is one of the few pitchers back there — along with Jeurys Familia — who has good enough raw stuff to seize the 9th inning role for himself. On the merits of Collins’s comments yesterday, we’ll bump Mejia to the top of the hierarchy, with the understanding that this is still very much a committee.

Updated hierarchy: Mejia | Familia | Valverde.

May 14, 2014
New York Mets — Kyle Farnsworth was released by the Mets on Wednesday in a bizarre, cost-cutting move, two days after he picked up a save against the Yankees. Collins promised a closer committee, and we think Jeurys Familia is the best-positioned of that bunch, followed by Jose Valverde. We’ll leave Jenrry Mejia ahead of Daisuke Matsuzaka for now, as his potential is much higher.

Hierarchy change: Familia | Valverde | Mejia.

May 14, 2014
New York Mets — If you woke up this morning wishing for another ill-defined closer committee, you owe Terry Collins a thank-you note. Kyle Farnsworth is the putative head of a motley crew that also includes Jose Valverde, Jeurys Familia, and Daisuke Matsuzaka — although Dice-K’s 3.2 IP on Tuesday are likely to keep him on the sidelines for a few days. Jenrry Mejia is not yet a candidate to close, according to Collins, but his “swing-and-miss stuff” could change that quickly going forward. As committees go, this one is more Aging than Intelligence.

Hierarchy remains: Farnsworth | Familia | Mejia.

May 13, 2014
New York MetsJenrry Mejia was moved to the bullpen prior to Monday’s game and he made an immediate impact, picking up the win in 1.1 innings over work. Mejia retired the only batter he faced in the seventh inning  and allowed just two hits in the eighth after the Mets regained the lead. If he continues to pitch this way, he may quickly move up the depth chart. Hierarchy change: Jenrry Mejia to 2nd in line, replacing Daisuke Matsuzaka.

May 12, 2014
New York Mets – On the heels of another strong outing by Jeurys Familia, manager Terry Collins is getting close to giving the young righty the keys to the 9th inning, saying after Sunday’s game that “he’s real close” to winning the job from a struggling Kyle Farnsworth. This assertion comes as a bit of a surprise, as Collins has had a tendency to value experience in the 9th inning, especially this year, when he gave Jose Valverde, Farnsworth, and Daisuke Matsuzaka chances in the 9th inning before allowing either Familia or Gonzalez Germen a crack at closing. But for Familia, at least, that appears to be changing. Hierarchy change: Jeurys Familia to Set-up, Daisuke Matsuzaka to 2nd in line.

April 25, 2014
New York Mets – Kyle Farnsworth had the day off yesterday, and Terry Collins proved he wasn’t kidding when he said Daisuke Matsuzaka could be an option to close games.  Matsuzaka recorded his first career save last night.  Carlos Torres has been pitching very well in the 8th and it looks like this could be one of those situations where the manager would rather not mess with his 8th inning guy.  Dice K should continue to get the call when Farnsworth is not available.  Hierarchy change: Daisuke Matsuzaka to Set-up, Carlos Torres to 2nd in line.

April 24, 2014
New York Mets — Terry Collins sent Mets fans into a tizzy with Wednesday’s offhand comment that Daisuke Matsuzaka was a potential option to close games. Instead, the faithful were treated to classic Farnsworth: three hits, and the tying run thrown out at the plate. A 94 MPH fastball on the last pitch to Matt Holliday may assuage concerns about the closer’s health, at least. No hierarchy change.

April 20, 2014
New York Mets – Kyle Farnsworth will close for the Mets for the time being, announced Terry Collins on Sunday morning.  Collins had hinted last night that Jose Valverde was finished, and made it official this morning.  Carlos Torres and Gonzalez Germen figure to get looks if Farnsworth struggles.  Hierarchy change: Kyle Farnsworth to Closer, Carlos Torres to Set-up, Gonzalez Germen to 2nd in line.

April 20, 2014
New York Mets – Another disastrous outing from Jose Valverde, in which he stymied a potential Mets comeback by allowing a 3-run HR, has Terry Collins thinking about making a change at closer.  If they do make a move, the best in-house option is Kyle Farnsworth, with Carlos Torres and Gonzalez Germen also potentially in the mix.  Free agent Joel Hanrahan, who the Mets recently scouted, is a possibility as well.  Jose Valverde to Hot Seat.

April 11, 2014
New York Mets – Carlos Torres came on in a tie game in the 6th inning on Thursday night, then stayed on for the 7th after the Mets took the lead.  Torres would go on to earn the win, striking out 3 in his 2 innings of work.  Hierarchy change: Carlos Torres to 2nd in line, replacing Gonzalez Germen.

April 7, 2014
New York Mets – Bobby Parnell will have Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season.  As previously mentioned, Jose Valverde will close for the foreseeable future, while Kyle Farnsworth is the best bet to step in if Valverde falters.  No hierarchy change.

April 5, 2014
New York Mets — Jose Valverde picked up his first save of the season and it was Kyle Farnsworth who pitched the 8th ahead of him.  The Mets back end of their bullpen is far from set, outside of Valverde, but if Farnsworth can string together a couple good outings he could solidify himself in the set-up role.  Hierarchy change: Kyle Farnsworth to Set-up, Gonzalez Germen to 2nd in line

April 4, 2014
New York Mets — Jeurys Familia and Scott Rice each got smacked around on Thursday and, combined, they’ve retired precisely as many batters as they’ve allowed to score. Gonzalez Germen may have been the last reliever to make the team, but he’s been pretty effective, and we think he’d get the call over Familia, Rice, and Kyle Farnsworth if Jose Valverde falters. This is far from a theoretical exercise, as doctors have told Bobby Parnell he has only a 50-50 shot of avoiding surgeryHierarchy change: Gonzalez Germen to Set-Up, Jeurys Familia to 2nd in line.

April 1, 2014
New York Mets — Bobby Parnell’s diminished velocity led to a blown save on Opening Day. After he complained of forearm tightness, an examination revealed a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his throwing arm. Parnell, who received a platelet-rich plasma injection, will rest for at least two weeks, then begin a throwing program to determine if surgery will be necessary. Hierarchy change: Jose Valverde to Closer, Jeurys Familia to Set-Up, Scott Rice to 2nd in line, Bobby Parnell to DL.

March 23, 2014
New York Mets — Kyle Farnsworth is not expected to make the Mets roster.  Jose Valverde has closer experience and manager Terry Collins has been impressed with him so far so he could handle the set-up role.  Vic Black pitched well for the Mets at the end of last season and should also see time in the later innings.  Another guy to keep an eye on is Jeurys Familia.  Familia is young flame-thrower who recently broke catcher Taylor Teagarden’s glove with a fastball in spring training.  Hierarchy change: Jose Valverde to Set-up, Vic Black to 2nd in line

March 13, 2014
New York Mets — Bobby Parnell pitched well last year, but he’s coming off September neck surgery that caused him to lose 30 pounds. We’ll see how long Terry Collins’s “warm feeling” lasts. Ranked #24 in our preseason closer rankings.

March 11, 2014
New York Mets — Pencil a healthy Bobby Parnell into the closer’s role, but after that, things get messy in Flushing. Young Vic Black received a vote of confidence at the end of 2013, but in the offseason, the team signed two aging ex-closers: Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth. Neither veteran is a lock to make the roster out of spring training, but with Terry Collins’s affinity for experience in the late innings, we see Valverde and Francisco with an (undeserved) edge over Black and Gonzalez Germen. Starting 2014 hierarchy: Closer — Bobby Parnell; Set-up — Kyle Farnsworth; 2nd in line — Jose Valverde.

September 25, 2013
New York Mets — With LaTroy Hawkins tired and unavailable, Vic Black got the call for his first major league save on Tuesday night. No hierarchy change.

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.