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More Walks, Less Strikeouts Putz Status in Limbo

Published by on June 2, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

How many Mets fans thought that J.J. Putz easily could have been the better closer that the Mets acquired in the off-season? 

Many thought he had a good chance to put together a better season than Francisco Rodriguez. At the time of the trade that brought J.J. to New York, Keith Law said, “If the Mets get the healthy J.J. Putz—he missed time with rib and elbow injuries in 2008—they might actually have acquired the best closer of their off-season, one even better than their new closer Francisco Rodriguez.”

After 50 games, however, it’s evident Frankie is the elite reliever of the two. Fans envisioned a shortened seven-inning game every time the Mets had a lead, but after Putz blew th...

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