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Mets to go with closer committee

Jason Isringhausen #45 of the New York Mets

Jason Isringhausen #45 of the New York Mets looks on in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (May 28, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Now that K-Rod is gone, Collins will handle the closer’s job by committee, mixing and matching relievers Jason Isringhausen, Bobby Parnell and Pedro Beato with the possibility of using lefty Tim Byrdak against lefthanded batters. All are ready for the challenge even if set roles are up in the air.

“If nobody gets an ego, it’ll work just fine,” said Isringhausen, the veteran of the group with 293 major-league saves. “I don’t think any of us will have one. I know I won’t and they won’t. It’ll work out the way Terry wants it to work out.”

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