Found August 18, 2012 on
The title of this post begs to be asked.
Considering that Frank Francisco’s last two outings were-to put it mildly-disastrous, and the fact that he had to be bailed out by Jon Rauch on both occasions, Terry Collins could be leaning towards making Rauch his new closer.
Ever since he came off the DL, Francisco has not been quite the same. In four games back from the DL, Francisco has tossed 2.2 innings and has given up eight hits and issued four walks while allowing six earned runs. Actually, the only time he looked good was when he first came off the DL on August 4 against the Padres when he recorded a two-out save.
Collins says Francisco simply hasn’t had enough work. Hogwash!
I think Collins is just toeing the company line and spitting out half-truths and tired-out clichés. Collins has got to be thinking that he may have to switch to Rauch as his closer eventually, as Rauch twice has bailed out Francisco after letting almost insurmountable leads get edgy. Rauch has now had two stra...
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I’m not sure where rock bottom is for New York Mets starter Johan Santana, but after becoming the first pitcher in team history to allow six or more runs in five consecutive starts, I’m sure this is close. Last night Johan was rocked by the Nationals and after the game his pitching coach Dan Warthen, when posed with the question of shutting down the former ace for the remainder...
Mets' top prospect Zack Wheeler allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings of work, Thursday night. Wheeler was throwing hard, and had pretty good command. He did not walk any batters, but did get hit hard. So far in Buffalo, Wheeler has been a little shaky. In three games started, he has allowed eight runs, with an ERA of 4.60. I have said all along there may be growing...
Familia Back On The Horse
Welcome back for another installment of the MMO Mets Minors Beat: The TGIF Edition! I’m your host Petey, and we have a lot to cover from this past week. There were some incredible pitching performances throughout the system, yet again. There were a ton of transactions, if you are into that sort of thing. And a few of the notable performers who are simply...
Earler this week, Terry Collins made the announcement that the Mets are going to be trying out a six-man rotation for the rest of the season.
Starting Sunday will be Jeremy Hefner who will be able to give Johan and Chris Young, both coming off major shoulder surgery a chance to extra rest along with Jon Niese who has never finished a full season. I think that a bet like this, much...
The Binghamton Mets batters were only able to squeak out three hits on Saturday night at NYSEG Stadium and in the process couldn’t plate any runs as the Richmond Flying Squirrels took game two of the series by a four to nothing tally.
The B-Mets first recorded hit came in the bottom of the third by way of starting pitcher Cory Mazzoni. Mazzoni, who went 1-for-2 in the game,...
The Binghamton Mets looked like they were on their way to a win on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium, and then watched that win fade away and turn into a blowout as the Richmond Flying Squirrels scored eight runs in the final two innings to take game one of the series by a score of 10-3.
Mark Cohoon, making his first start since a nine inning complete game gem against the Harrisburg...
Charlotte 6, St. Lucie 5
Jack Leathersich was hit hard in his relief appearance and St. Lucie took the series opening loss, 6-5.
Alonzo Harris – 3 for 5, 3 runs scored, 1 strikeout, 1 stolen base
T.J. Rivera – 2 for 4, 2 strikeouts
Aderlin Rodriguez – 2 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 strikeout
Cory Vaughn – 1 for 4, 2 stolen bases, 2 RBI, 1 run scored
Logan Verrett – 6...
This milestone had never been accomplished by a New York Mets pitcher before, but it did not come with stunned gratitude by a fan base desperately waiting to see it finally occur. Instead, Johan Santana's season offered some cruel symmetry Friday night, when the first Met to throw a no-hitter back on June 1 earned a much more ignominious place in team history. He allowed...
The New York Mets have been relegated to the role of spoilers, now that they’ve fallen back in the National League playoff races. They’ll try to live up to that title this weekend when they visit Washington, DC for three games with the NL East-leading Nationals.
New York just managed to take the final game of a three-game series in Cincinnati Thursday, beating the...
Over his last ten games, De La Cruz is batting .395 (17-43) with 9 RBI.
Charlotte 9, St. Lucie 8
The St. Lucie bullpen just could not hold a lead in this game as they allowed five runs in the last two innings.
Alonzo Harris – 1 for 4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
Richard Lucas – 3 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Danny Muno – 2 for 4, RBI, BB
Jacob Degrom – 3 IP: 2 H, ER, K
The Mets were in Cincinnati Thursday night trying to prevent yet another sweep, but starter Matt Harvey took the mound as he gave New York the spark they needed.
Harvey had not been great in his last three outings, but he was simply on tonight. He was perfect through the first four innings as newly acquired Mets catcher Kelly Shoppach was making the calls in his Mets debut. Harvey...
Rookie Matt Harvey drove in one more run than he allowed in the longest outing of his short major league career, and the New York Mets snapped the Cincinnati Reds' five-game winning streak with an 8-4 victory on Thursday night.
Harvey (2-3), who had lost three straight starts after winning in his major league debut, allowed one run and four hits in 7 2-3 innings. He struck out...
As it becomes apparent that the Mets, as currently constituted, will not run away with the NL East this year, Mets’ fans are all anxiously anticipating this offseason’s upcoming deals feeling certain that we’ll find some improvement via the trade market.
Of course, Mets history has given us many more bad trades than good, but let’s look on the positive side, beginning with...
Nationals Park (Washington, D.C.)
N.Y. Mets (57-63) «000000200230
W: J. Niese (10-6) L: E. Jackson (7-8)
S: F. Francisco (20)
HR: NYM - I. Davis (22) WAS - None
The New York Mets only required three hits to knock off the Washington Nationals, 2-0, in the middle installment of a three-game set.
New York Mets (57-63) at Washington Nationals (74-46) 1:35 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Hefner (R) 6 2-4 4.765.11-23.548/4@SDW6.0510-06.22.70
G. Gonzalez (L) 24 15-6 3.295.25-43.348/13@SFW6.2622-123.23.42
Gio Gonzalez will try to become just the third 16-game winner in the majors when he leads Washington...