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Mariano Rivera (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images), Bobby Parnell (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Palladino: Keep Your Eye On Closers Mariano Rivera, Bobby Parnell

Compare and contrast. Go ahead. It’ll make the next six weeks even more interesting.


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Coleman: Bobby Parnell Ready, Willing, Able To Step Up As Mets’ Closer

Parnell on Wednesday morning said that he appreciated manager Terry Collins’ phone call on Tuesday night — the message basically being, “Get ready, we may need you.”


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Collins With Francesa: Mets To ‘Gear Up’ Parnell For Closer Role

“This is between you and me right now, I tell ya, because I haven’t talked to anybody else,” Collins said. “But tomorrow I’m gonna go to Bobby Parnell and tell him that he’s gonna be the guy we’re gonna gear up to pitch the ninth inning.”


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Mets’ Collins On Frank Francisco: ‘He Is The Closer’

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has resisted naming Frank Francisco his team’s closer. Maybe his manager never got the memo.


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Mets Reportedly Unimpressed With Brian Wilson, Won’t Offer Him Major League Deal

Relief pitcher Brian Wilson worked out for the Mets at UCLA on Saturday, and according to a report, general manager Sandy Alderson was far from impressed.


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R.A. Apologizes For Holiday Party Incident; Denies Rumor That He Was Bad Teammate

“I think it’s important for me to grieve leaving New York,” Dickey said on Tuesday. “I had a proverbial home there. I had a home among fans. I had a home in an organization.”


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Coutinho: Breaking Down The Top 5 Offseason Priorities For Sandy Alderson

Sandy Alderson needs to act swiftly in order to restore confidence in the eyes of the team’s fan base. With that in mind, here is what I think are the top five offseason issues he needs to address prior to the 2013 season.


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Mets Rallied With Four Runs In 9th Inning, Beat Marlins 5-3

Shoppach hit a go-ahead two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning that cleared the bases when center fielder Justin Ruggiano misplayed the ball Saturday night, lifting the New York Mets to a 5-3 victory


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Mets Finally Snap Losing Skid, Defeat Lowly Astros

R.A. Dickey earned his 16th win of the season as the Mets finally snapped their losing skid on Saturday.


Frank Francisco of the New York Mets is congratulated Josh Tholeafter getting the final out during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on August 4, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Hefner, Mets Top Padres 6-2

Jeremy Hefner gave the Mets six solid innings as they defeated the Padres 6-2 on Saturday night.


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Coutinho: Mets’ Collins Demands Maximum Effort — Nothing Less

The thing that I like about Terry Collins is that you never see him publicly berate a player, and he never uses the media to get his message across. But make no mistake about it — he gets his message across.


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Coutinho: K-Rod Could Fix Mets’ Struggling Bullpen

The Mets bullpen meltdowns can ravage a team and it needs to be fixed. So how do you do it? A great start would be to bring back Francisco Rodriguez who could have a huge impact


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Ailing Mets Closer Francisco Shut Down; Bay Watch Back On

The Mets’ beleaguered bullpen will have to make due without Francisco for longer than expected.


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Coleman: Pitching Health Tops Mets’ List Of Second Half Question Marks

So, can one of the biggest surprise teams in the first half (46-40) continue to surprise moving towards the finish line? Well, they need some things to change – and some to remain the same.


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Palladino: Should Mets Call On K-Rod?

Anybody who has watched the Mets lately knows they sorely need bullpen help. How they get it is a major question. And perhaps a bigger question is, where SHOULD they get it from?