Things look like they may be going south in a hurry for our new closer Frank Francisco. Not only is he having an MRI on his knee, which has needed draining, but TC is admitting he’s worried about him.
Apparently a reporter saw “Fra Fra” limp across the parking lot. Even though the big pitcher said he had an issue with his toe it sounds like he ain’t closing hames at New Shea for quite some time.
So if Double Fra can’t go who do we turn to? Jon Rauch is the obvious choice considering he got plenty if closing experience and we signed him for exactly this situation - insurance against Franky Franc going down. But a large part of me would like to see Parnell get that role.
I realize it may be best to let him set up for another season or so to give him more confidence but the kid is KILLING IT in spring training so it may be perfect timing to let him start closing games once the bell rings.
Long term neither Fra-Fra nor Rauch is our answer, but a home grown, inexpensive and young guy like Parnell fits the bill perfectly.
The LAST THING I want to see from Parnell is some spot starts if Johan or someone else can’t go. That is such a typical dumb Mets move I’m horrified. If the guy is a reliever dont F with him and ask him to start games even if he is “only” being asked to pitch 3 innings you DONT confuse your young arms like that.
There are some mixed messages coming out of “the Port” as to whether this is accurate or not so I can only hope its just an over eager reporter embellishing a non-story.
Whats up with that new Marlins park? I only saw a couple of quick hilites from the Yankee exhibition game there but it struck me as awfully cheezy looking… perfect for Florida I guess.