Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 5/3/13
The Mets currently sit second to last in the NL East with a record of 11-15, four games ahead of the lowly Miami Marlins. With a losing record, the chances of closing out a game for a pitcher become less then more, because you obviously need to be ahead in ballgames when it comes to the ninth inning in order to earn saves. So far this season, closer Bobby Parnell has had five opportunities to covert saves. He’s been successful in converting three of them. It’s a small sample size, but converting 60 per cent of your save opportunities isn’t exactly a good number. However, when you look at Parnell’s ERA of 1.46 and his six hits allowed in over 12 innings of work and 11 strikeouts, you’d have to agree that he has pitched pretty well this season, just not in a closing role thus far. This leads me to Frank Francisco, the team’s closer from last season. How is Franky doing? Francisco – who has been on the shelf with right elbow inflammation and who is recovering from off-season surgery...
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