Closer Issues

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.

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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.

9 Responses to “Closer Issues”

  1. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    BIG PELF is pitching the final home game in PSL against the Skanks!

    I guess the Mets wanted to reward the Mets fans for wacthing this crappy team all spring training by giving every fan on the berm a home run ball given up by BIG PELF Today!

    GO BIG PELF!…LET GO METS!

  2. Matt Says:

    Knowing the way the Mets work, the team will use him improperly, give him away, and he’ll become the next Heath Bell.

    Let’s hope the rumors of him starting are just that - baseless rumors.

    I can’t disagree more about Rauch getting closer opportunities. A lot of sabermetrics say the guy is barely an MLB-caliber pitcher, let alone closer material.

  3. JJ Says:

    Why are we worried about a closer? An injured closer, or lack of any closer, isn’t that much of a big deal when you don’t have too many games to close out…

  4. Irish Mike Says:

    Is it typical for the Mets (or any team) to have a Spring Training game in Florida the day before an afternoon home opener?! That seems nuts. Some kind of money grab at the expense of the actual season I guess which is unfortunately going to be the Mets MO. If there was extra money in it I’m sure ownership would let them play a quadruple header against four different teams.

  5. Matt Says:

    Irish Mike - I think you hit the nail on the head. As much as fans like us enjoy watching and discussing baseball and the Mets, at the end of the day it’s a business. Success is not measured by ownership in terms of wins/losses, but dollars and cents. Sure there are rare exceptions like the Boss-era Yankees, but the Yankees new budget restraints are proof of this.

    Another reason not to get too emotionally attached to this stuff. For all the flak that Frank McCourt took with the Dodgers, he is laughing all the way to the bank with the money he is making off the team.

    I also agree with JJ that for lousy teams a closer is the least of the worries. A guy who will probably pitch once a week is not a big deal.

  6. Bitter Met Fan Says:

    The Mets aren’t the only team having a ST game in FLA before their home opener. Check the schedules.

    Collins and the Mets pitching staff have said Parnell is going to be used for relief only. No spot starts.

    I can’t wait for the day when the “fans” here try to focus a little more on the the positive. I know there isn’t a lot to be positive about now, but everyone here is just bashing everything! I know the blogosphere is for bitching, but Met fans are taking it to a whole new level. I don’t think Astros fans are this negative!

  7. CowCrusher Says:

    When it comes to being a Metropolitans fan, being “positive” only occurs when it comes to being negative. :)
    Otherwise there is no reason to be a Mets fan.

  8. Met_Maven Says:

    You know how I know I’m not going to like the new Marlins stadium? A-Roid is in love with the place!

    I’m tryin to keep a positive outlook but with this team it’s always hope for the best prepare for the worse. Which I think would be an awesome team slogan for 2012 LOL. But really, I’m just glad that baseball is back, I love gettin out to the ballpark and watchin the games. Knowing I can turn on the TV and watch hours of baseball from all over the country! I just love this game!

    Here’s to the Mets surprising us (in a good way) in 2012!

    LETS GO METS GO!!

  9. CowCrusher Says:

    To quote Gary Dell’Abate aka Bababooey on Twitter
    @robertAbooey: Opening Day for Mets on Thursday.
    Only 2 weeks until they are mathematically eliminated from play offs.

    This is why Mets fans can never be positive…. We are the “Eeyores” of baseball.

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