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Mets reliever Jose Valverde looked great on Monday, which is all the more important considering Tuesday's depressing news about Bobby Parnell >> Read more on MetsBlog. Valverde retired all four batters he faced, while striking out three.

He also got out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning, which was followed by his legendary, colorful swinging fist pump as he leaped off the field. It was awesome and among the few moments of hope and optimism that rushed through the crowd on what was a really cold, nerve-racking day...

The moral of Valverde's story during his final year in Detroit, according to his former manager Jim Leyland, is this: If Valverde warms up in the bullpen, get him in the game. This is what Leyland told Terry Collins. He applied it Monday and it worked. Hopefully it keeps happening, because he's about to find himself back in the closer role and the Mets are going to need him...

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