New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson spent the off-season focusing on improving the clubs bullpen, which ranked 28th in ERA (4.33) last season. And thus far, he has succeeded. Especially with his biggest off-season acquisition, Frank Francisco; who Alderson inked to a two year, $12 million deal.
With a perfect ninth inning on Sunday afternoon, Francisco helped the Mets complete the sweep of the Atlanta Braves while becoming the first player in franchise history to earn a save in his first three games with the club:
“It feels great,” Francisco said, according to David Lennon of Newsday. “They’ve been waiting for me and I was waiting for them to give me the opportunity to go out there and do my thing.”
I must admit, I was extremely nervous standing on the Shea Bridge when the 6’2″ right hander stepped on to the mound to close out the Braves on Thursday afternoon. Especially given his putrid spring (5.54 ERA) along with the fact that he had fluid drained from his inflamed knee and an MRI less then a week ago. But, Francisco has been anything but in the early going of 2012 as the 32-year-old closer has definitely done “his thing,” allowing just two hits with four strikeouts over his three innings of work:
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