Saturday, March 31, 2012

Mets Closer Frank Francisco not having much success this spring


New Mets Closer Frank Francisco has not have much success this spring.

Francisco allowed two runs in two innings against the Marlins on Saturday, the seventh time in 11 spring games he has allowed at least one run. Francisco, who joined the Mets on a two-year, $12 million contract this winter, holds a 5.54 Grapefruit League ERA, with seven strikeouts and four walks in 13 innings.

All spring, manager Terry Collins has attributed the closer's troubles to the lack of adrenaline in Spring Training games. That much, he said, was not an excuse during the third inning Saturday, in a game that saw Francisco attempt to keep the Mets within one run.

"Pitching where he did today, there should have been a little adrenaline," Collins said.
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