Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mets bullpen brings Gnome of Defeat out of hiding

It might be time to consider a new closer.

The never-say-die Mets would have finished this road trip 6-0 had there not been two Frank Francisco meltdowns against the Marlins.

The Mets mounted yet another comeback on Sunday, with Justin Turner wearing out Marlins closer Heath Bell before smacking a two-out, two-run double in the top of the ninth.

Alas, in the bottom of the ninth, Francisco allowed a lead-off triple – never a good thing – and things got worse from there. It ended with Manny Acosta serving up a walk-off grand slam to the player formerly known as Mike Stanton.

The brought out sheepish Gnome of Defeat, who knows he has no business seeing the light of day today.

1 comment:

Paul said...

I didn't see today's game, which is probably fortunate.

Frank Francisco should be pitching mop-up duty, since Sandy Alderson will never admit he made a mistake by signing him. Major league pitchers cannot have a meltdown just because they don't like an umpire's ball/strike calls.

Manny Acosta should get a one-way ticket to Buffalo or parts unknown. There has to be someone better (Josh Edgin?) who could take his spot on the roster.