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Mets sticking with struggling Frank Francisco as closer

Apr 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Frank Francisco has allowed runs in each of his last four appearances and was yanked from Sunday’s save opportunity with two outs remaining in the ninth inning, but manager Terry Collins is sticking with the struggling right-hander in the closer role.

“I just told him yesterday was one of those days, that he’s still the closer here and to be ready to pitch when we get him back out there,” Collins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Collins also revealed that Francisco wasn’t happy to be removed mid-save situation, but added that “I certainly don’t blame him … if I was in his shoes, I’d be mad too.”

Jon Rauch has served as Francisco’s primary setup man and would be the obvious choice to replace him as closer if Collins decides to make a switch, but for now the manager is blaming sporadic work for some of the struggles and a two-year, $12 million contract signed this offseason gives Francisco quite a bit of job security.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    The Jays had both Francisco and Rauch last season. I sympathise with Mets fans.

    On a positive note, because both of them were Type B free agents, the Jays will get 2 extra draft picks because they signed elsewhere. A little pain last season for the Jays should result in future gain for the team.

    • 4letterman - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      On another note the Jays are in the AL east…… let the pain resume!!!

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        The Jays are currently tied for first place in the AL East.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        The Jays are currently tied for first in the AL East. Your point is?

      • hittfamily - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        The Jays have played the Indians, Red Sox, Orioles, Rays, and Royals. They play another agaonst the Royals before 3 vs the Orioles, and 3 vs the Mariners.

        The Rays have played the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Blue Jays and Twins. They play 3 vs the Angels, then 3 vs the Rangers.

        One of these are not like the other.

  2. 4letterman - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Hasnt that happened that last 3 years, then they drop off??

  3. antlerclaws - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    All I can say is, Thank you, Blue Jays, for trading Mike Napoli for Francisco. Rangers fans really appreciate it. Now Mets get to enjoy Frankie too.

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