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TC sticking with Valverde as closer

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kyle Farnsworth may ended up closing Sunday's game if the Mets have a late lead, but that is only because Jose Valverde has warmed in the bullpen four of the past five days.

Regardless, Valverde is not relinquishing the closer's role.

Jose Valverde

Jose Valverde

#47 RP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM6
  • W0

  • L0

  • BB2

  • K8

  • ERA4.26

"He is still the closer, if that's the question," Terry Collins said after Valverde blew the save but the Mets won, 7-6, against the Los Angeles Angels in 13 innings.

Trying to protect a three-run lead with two outs in the ninth, Valverde surrendered a single to David Freese and walked Erick Aybar. Raul Ibanez then launched a game-tying three run homer.

"Who won? The Mets," Valverde said. "It doesn't matter how. Sometimes you throw the pitch you think is a good pitch and the guy hits it good. Today Ibanez won from me. Tomorrow is a new day."

Valverde inherited the closer's role with Bobby Parnell having suffered an elbow ligament strain that required Tommy John sugery.

The 36-year-old Valverde had been released last season from Triple-A Toledo in the Detroit Tigers system, although the Mets hope the fact he made only 34 appearances in 2013 between the majors and minors means there are more bullets left this year.

"We didn't know what was going to happen," Collins said. "He didn't pitch a lot last year. We were hoping the added rest was going to help get some arm strength back. And he's thrown the ball well. He's thrown the ball very well. Tonight's really the worst outing he's had. The at-bat by Aybar was the one that dismantled him. You're going to get some hits on him. I was told when he walks people he gets in trouble. He hasn't been walking guys, and so therefore he's pitching good."