Last season he struck out just 48 batters in 69 innings. That's 21 fewer strikeouts in three fewer innings than he had achieved in 2011. It was also the first time in his career his SO total was anywhere near that much less than his total innings. In three fewer innings, he gave up 11 more earned runs than 2011. The last time he'd given up over 25 earned runs in a season was 2008. His strikeout to base on ball ratio decreased to its lowest ratio of his career. These are troubling stats for a closer for me. Others have said this and I'd have to agree, he's reminding me of Frankie Frank.
I just feel as though we aren't going to contend, we have Bobby Parnell, why not see if he can be our closer? His ninth inning numbers last season were much improved over the previous years when if you saw him coming in the game in the ninth you all but knew the game was lost.
I'm all for the Mets acquiring guys in their mid to not too late 20s. If Valverde was one of those and had an off year last season, I might not have been against acquiring him for a reasonable contract either. But he'll be turning 35 in a month, last season looked suspect to me, we're supposedly in a rebuild. He just seems like a waste of our time.
In all honesty, we need a better bullpen without a doubt. But we also need our starters to go longer into the game, so that our bullpen (no matter what the quality) doesn't get tuckered out by August 1st like they have in previous seasons.
And that would make you much happier about our outfield? No thanks I think we can get just as much from our platoons.
And Inge only has 32 games in the outfield in his 12 previous seasons. With his .234 career BA and .313 OBP I don't think he would be any better than what we have now considering he has only been a part time players for the last couple of years and his BA has slipped even further.
Mark DeRosa hasn't had over 100 atbats in recent years so how much would he help?
Yeah Abreu who is afraid of the wall would do well in Citifield and he hasn't hit over .255 in a few years either.
Grasping at straws? Why not wait and see what the group we have can do? Or are these players you would sign going to bring the team to the promised land. Because I think that array of players would be worse than last years outfield.
Those players have track records in the major leagues, it's probability. How much is Valverde going to help? Do you have a crystal ball?
Supporting the signing of stop gap players in the rotation and pen while dismissing doing the same in the outfield is logically inconsistent and betrays a blind defense of anything the FO does.