Found April 03, 2012 on The Daily Stache:
Rangers_vs_jays_6cbc

I know it wasn’t thrilling news when the Mets signed relief pitcher Frank Francisco to a two year/$12 million contract over the winter, but it’s not as though the team is loaded with end-of-game relief options. Now that the health of Francisco’s knee is up in the air, the Mets are getting closer to having to explore some of those limited options. The good news is that Francisco was able to throw a bullpen session without a problem this morning and is calling himself ready for Opening Day. However, he does note that there is some lingering knee swelling. If Francisco had been unable to go on Opening Day, the top candidates to replace him as the 9th inning guy would be Jon Rauch and Bobby Parnell. Although Rauch is the more experienced guy, I’d rather see Parnell in the role because of his high strikeout and groundball rates. Last season, Parnell struck out more than one batter per inning pitched and produced grounders on 50.6% of batted balls. His walk rate was 4.1 per nine innings, but if he can get that down, Parnell can be a very effective pitcher. Rauch has better control (2.42 walks per nine as a Blue Jay last season), but his 34.5% groundball rate means that there’s a greater chance of opponents taking him deep. Ramon Ramirez is another option, but his walk, strikeout and groundball rates are similar enough to Parnell’s to make me prefer the higher upside of the homegrown Parnell. Mets vs. Yankees today The Mets will spend the two days remaining until Opening Day sparring against the crosstown Bombers. Today, the game will start at 2 PM at Digital Domain Park and will be televised on SNY. Mike Pelfrey will start for the Mets against Ivan Nova of the Yanks. Mets lineup is here.
Yankees lineup is here.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Torres and Francisco Ready To Go On Thursday

According to ESPN New York, Terry Collins was very pleased with Frank Francisco’s bullpen session today. Francisco expierenced no pain in his knee, which has sidelined him for a portion of the spring. He will be leaving camp with the team, ready to go for the opener. Andres Torres started and batted lead off in today’s Mets 7-6 win over the Yankees. Andres said he felt good...

Three Things Mets Fans Should Keep Their Eye On This Season

The Mets have a lot more on the line this season than just wins and losses. With the Madoff lawsuit behind them, the Wilpons can once again turn their focus to the future. Many questions regarding the future will be answered this season, through one means or another. Fans should keep an eye on the following, because each will play a significant part in the future of the franchise...

Bay Losing His Grip On Starting Job

Here is a followup to a post I wrote last week on Jason Bay AKA The 500 Pound Gorilla In The Corner Outfield. Mike Puma of the  NY Post writes this morning: A club official yesterday floated the possibility that if Bay is struggling six or seven weeks into the season, the Mets could explore other options, including a platoon in left. Bay is hitting .195 with no RBIs this spring...

Collins: Parnell Will Not Be Used As A Starter

Well that didn’t last long. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Terry Collins said Parnell would not be used to make spot starts this season, but instead would be used for multiple inning stints out of the bullpen. I have to point out a comment left earlier today on this thread by Original Mets Fan: I dont believe a lot of what Martino says. Nothing against the guy...

Thousands Of Mets Tickets Still Available For Opening Day

Mets executive vice president of business operations, Dave Howard, told the New York Post that “several thousand tickets are still available” for Opening Day against the Braves. Howard said the Mets will need solid sales Tuesday and Wednesday and is counting on about 2,000 to 4,000 walk-ups on Thursday in order to sell out. If the Mets fail to sell out Opening Day, it would be...

Mets Over/Under’s: The RBI Edition

Who will lead this years team in RBI for the 2012 season? That’s a tough question to answer since none of the big boys played a full season in 2011 except for Jason Bay. Whether or not you still consider him a middle of the order bat or not, he has had a few 100+ RBI seasons under his belt and still has the potential to do some damage. For this team to compete David Wright will...

Could We Be Seeing Mike Pelfrey’s Last Starts In a Mets Uniform?

For the past few seasons it was believed that Mets starter Mike Pelfrey had the goods to be a top of the the rotation type starter.  in 2012 he had his best season as a pro as he won 15 games against just 9 losses.  His career low 3.66 ERA and dominance for most of the season warranted thoughts that he had finally put it together.  Mets fans had dreams of slotting him behind...

A Mets fan’s note to his future self

Dear Me: Hey, what’s up *******? How’s the season going so far? It’s me. Or you. Depending on how you want to look at it. Whatever the case, I’m coming to you from the past. Why? Because I care about you, me us, and our sanity. And because I know you’re an idiot — at least when it comes to this team. Most importantly, I’m here to remind you of what a rational, level...

Mets Host The Yankees Today At 2 PM, Torres Batting Leadoff

The New York Yankees come to Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie this afternoon for the first of two spring training games against the Mets. The second game is to be played at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. The Yankees have not played at the Mets’ spring training home since the spring of 1995. The teams last met for a spring game in Tampa on March 30, 1996 (the Mets won...

My Quibble With The Schedule Makers And Opening Day Word Play

This is just a quick annoyance of mine, but I had to get it off my chest. Hey, schedule makers! I have a bone to pick with you. I am this close to challenging you all to a match at Wrestleman… Whoops. I think I will try the more traditional way of approaching this. If you have been following the Mets schedule, you know that the Mets played the Yankees Tuesday afternoon and had...

Ike Davis Featured In Fantasy Baseball Parody Video

Here’s a pretty cool Fantasy Baseball song parody by NOC, “Should I Pujols or Cano?”, starring the Yankees’ Robinson Cano and the Mets’ Ike Davis. It is set to “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” by The Clash, and it’s absolutely brilliant. Enjoy…

Braves-Mets Preview

Johan Santana and the Atlanta Braves have the same thing in mind heading into opening day. They'd both like to put last year behind them. After an extensive recovery from shoulder surgery, Santana is set to make his first major league start in 19 months Thursday when the New York Mets begin life without Jose Reyes by hosting a Braves team coming off a near-record collapse last...

When does the pen become a concern

Photo by Michael BaronAfter a season in which too many winnable games were lost to blown saves and/or failed holds, the one area the front office addressed was the bullpen.Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez were suppose to be the strong part of the roster.  If Parnell, Acosta and Byrdak could be decent the pen on paper looks deeper then it has been in years. But as one...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.