"My team won, that's what happened, that's it, you know what I mean," Valverde said, when asked after the game what happened in the ninth inning.
"Bartolo Colon threw innings, Kyle Farnsworth threw one, I threw the ninth. Game over," he added, with a hint of sarcasm.
Farnsworth, who was released during Spring Training, re-signed, sent to Triple-A and promoted last week, pitched a perfect eighth inning in advance of Valverde.
“I really don’t try to pay attention to velocity as long as I get people out," said Farnsworth, who hit 93 mph with his fastball.
Think about this: Colon, who is 40, to Farnsworth, who is 38, to Valverde, who is 36, for the win against the Braves in Atlanta. If this past winter you predicted that would happen, go play the lotto, because you're either really lucky or a psychic.
This is what it's going to take to push .500 this season. It's going to take surprise performances, guys stepping up, filling in, etc. I had scouts telling me in March that Farnsworth should consider retirement. I felt Bronson Arroyo would have been a better signing than Colon. Valverde looked washed up a few months ago. Yet, here we are... I don't know how long it lasts, but, for now, I'll take it.