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

Closer 1st in line 2nd in line 2015 Closer Updated
NYM Jenrry Mejia Jeurys Familia Vic Black Jeurys Familia 8/21/14
(DL) Bobby Parnell

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Previous updates:

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 is 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.

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