FrankFranc Walks Tightrope in Win

I give Collins credit for not making the easy decision and replacing the suddenly awful pitcher but I still think we need a new closer. Francisco allowed arun on 2H, and 1BB in the 9th. 

Technically speaking Francisco got the job done but it didn’t instill any confidence.

Meanwhile how ‘but Miguel Batista who pitched seven scoreless innings.  TC’s decision to stay with Bautista sure paid off Mon.  In truth it was a dillouted Brewer line-up but never mind that Baitista needed a solid outing 

Daniel Murphy is really doing his thing these days extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going 2-for-4 with a run batted in and a run scored.

Bravo Ronny Cedeno who drove on a successful suicide squeeze in the sixth inning.

6 Responses to “FrankFranc Walks Tightrope in Win”

  1. Lord Charles Says:

    “I still think we need a new closer”

    Based on his interview with KB before the game, I tend to think that Collins agrees. The problem is, at this point there really isn’t a viable alternative, and I totally agree with Collins assessment that fixing one weakness shouldn’t create more weaknesses. In other words, the Mets RP from innings 6-8 has been pretty good this year, so why risk that when you don’t have great hopes of really fixing the problems in the 9th?

  2. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    LC: good point. on the other hand, it’s just so demoralizing to lose in the 9th……….. those games where your bullpen guys give up a lead in the 7th or even the 8th, you feel like the game is still within reach, but those 9th inning losses stick with you for days, sometimes longer. So, I’d be inclined to be a little less patient with a struggling reliever. I don’t understand why the Mets don’t seem to routinely warm up two guys in a situation like last night. You see the struggles underway for Francisco and you look down to the bullpen and Rauch is not ready to enter the game quite yet. I know you don’t want to burn out your guys’ arms, but still.

  3. Helix Says:

    From where I sit, it was a way risky move for TC. Can you imagine how much venom would be spewing if FF spit the bit yet again? Of course, we’re not privy to what’s going on in the head shed, but I wouldn’t classify F-squared as a closer who just needs to get his confidence back. He’s showing that even in his saves, he stumbles on the verge of disaster. I’m not even convinced that he would be any better anywhere else in the relief rotation. Perhaps throwing batting practice…

  4. Lord Charles Says:

    “I don’t understand why the Mets don’t seem to routinely warm up two guys in a situation like last night.”

    The Mets, and any team with a closer not named “Mariano Rivera.”

    But I agree, I think that is probably the best way for the Mets to go right now: keep everyone in their same roles, but make sure you have a safety net ready at the first sign of trouble in the 9th.

  5. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    Agree totally with Helix! That was a big balls move! I personally didn’t like it, but I guess he has to use him because the front office hand picked this stiff and we are on the hook for this bum to the tune of 12 million.

    What would of happened if he blew another one? TC probably would have lost alot of faith from the Met fans.

    Talk about playing with fire. I hope he is too tired to come in and blow it toniight!

  6. KMac Says:

    Let’s not forget that the Mets have all those come from behind wins against other teams bullpens, so we can’t expect our guys to be perfect and the other guys not to be. Still FF does suck right now. I’d go with Parnell and Rauch in the 8th and 9th and mix and match the 7th if need be unitl, if, FF gets straightened out. The offense can also help by getting 9 run leads going into the 9th - those should be safe :-)

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