Dictionary.com defines “Relief” as, “alleviation, ease, or deliverance through the removal of pain,distress, oppression” you get the point.
Facing the jaws of defeat, Mets rookie Jordany Valdespin hit a pinch-hit three run home run to give the Mets a 3-2 lead, a game in which the team trailed 2-0 and with a loss would be virtually out of the division race at 7.5 games behind the first place Washington Nationals.
On to the ninth we went, adjunct closer Bobby Parnell entered the game looking to seal the deal in what looked like a stolen victory against the Washington Nationals. Parnell got the first out easily and that’s when the wheels started turning, with runners on first and third and two outs, one strike away, Danny Espinosa tied the game with a clutch two out single, then in the tenth with the bases loaded, Pedro Beato uncorks a wild pitch that chases home Ryan Zimmerman and the Mets fall to 7.5 games behind the first place Washington Nationals, and are booking their tickets into oblivion and are not looking to spend money on sure-fire closers.
Just this evening, sources close to the team are saying that the Mets are “paying close attention” to Royals closer Jonathan Broxton. After two injury ridden seasons the closer has improved with 22 saves and a 2.14 era. It has been said that closers Francisco Rodriguez and Huston Street are “too pricey” and could see trade talks rise should the Mets lose the series against the Nationals.
For a team that blew 14 saves this season, relief MUST come soon!