Given the opportunity, Frank Francisco believes he has the stuff to be a dominant closer. The New York Mets think so, too, and will give him every chance.
The Mets have settled all four of their potential salary arbitration cases, agreeing to one-year contracts with pitchers Mike Pelfrey, Ramon Ramirez and Manny Acosta, and outfielder Andres Torres.
The Mets have announced some coaching changes for 2012 and my immediate reaction is that losing Chip Hale is a big hit while adding Tim Teufel as third base coach and Ricky Bones as bullpen coach makes sense.
Bobby Parnell notched his first save of the season on Wednesday, but the Mets are hoping this will be just the start of many more to come in the years ahead.
From Generation K to recording his 300th save with the Mets, Jason Isringhausen’s career has come full circle.
The 30-year-old Acosta was 1-0 with four saves and a 1.77 ERA in 20 games at Buffalo. Last year with the Mets, he was 3-2 with a 2.95 ERA in 41 games.
Flushing’s reunion with Jason Isringhausen will have to wait. The Mets have asked the 38-year-old to participate in extended spring training in order to build up his elbow strength.
By most projections, 6 of the 7 spots in the Mets’ bullpen are locked up. That leaves Jason Isringhausen, Blaine Boyer, Manny Acosta and Pat Misch all vying for the final spot.
Not that he had much choice, but Oliver Perez has not fought the decision to go to the pen – he can deal with it whether he likes it or not.
Ollie lives for another day. Perez defied the odds and went out and threw two scoreless innings, allowing two hits, in a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.
The Mets staged their annual intra-squad matchup on Friday and Scott Hairston stole the spotlight.
Henrry Mejia was sharp during his outing with the Mets on Wednesday. The battle continues over whether he’s a starter or reliever.
Prince Fielder hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers rallied for an 8-7 victory over the New York Mets Wednesday night after squandering a six-run lead in the first game of a doubleheader.
The New York Mets beat Philadelphia 7-3 on Sunday, preventing the Phillies from clinching their fourth straight NL East title at home.
Closer Francisco Rodriguez’s ongoing saga has cast another dreary shadow over the New York Mets, but taking their first road series in two months could give them a small reason to smile.