Apr 19, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jose Valverde (47) watches as Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton (8) rounds first base after hitting a three run home run during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Valverde already out as Mets closer

If Terry Collins and the Mets want to hit 90-wins, then the skipper is doing the right thing in making some aggressive changes early in the season.

After another ninth-inning home run, Jose Valverde is already being displaced as the closer for the Mets. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York says that Collins all but confirmed that he is going to need a new ninth-inning guy and will address the issue before the game against the Braves on Sunday.

“Papa Grande” threw a meatball to Justin Upton in the ninth inning on Saturday that the Braves’ outfielder promptly blasted over the center field wall. The Mets had just closed to within one in the bottom of the 8th, and when Braves’ closer Craig Kimbrel faltered, giving up 2 runs, the problems with Valverde shone brighter.

As Rubin notes, the Metropolitans don’t have many options at closer, but Valverde apparently can’t be one of them.

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