Is it time for Jon Rauch to replace Frank Francisco as closer?

The title of this post begs to be asked. Considering that Frank Francisco’s last two outings were-to put it mildly-disastrous, and the fact that he had to be bailed out by Jon Rauch on both occasions, Terry Collins could be leaning towards making Rauch his new closer. Ever since he came off the DL, Francisco [...]

Have you noticed how well Jon Rauch has been pitching lately?

I know what you might be thinking with the title of this post: “Yeah, but it’s too little, too late.” You would be correct and in full disclosure, I think the signing of Jon Rauch was a mistake. However, give credit where credit is due, as we should applaud Rauch for helping the stopping of [...]

Jon Rauch leans on slider for his early success

Throughout the offseason I complained often about the Jon Rauch signing, suggesting that the $3.5 million the Mets spent on the reliever could have been better used elsewhere. However, like many of his teammates, Rauch is off to a good start in 2012. After pitching a scoreless inning in Saturday’s win over the Phillies, he’s [...]

Should the Mets have extended Francisco Rodriguez?

One of the main goals of the 2011 Mets was to make sure that Francisco Rodriguez’ $17.5 million option did not vest for 2012. The option would kick in once Rodriguez finished 55 games. Manager Terry Collins utilized Rodriguez like any other manager would use his closer and by the All-Star break, Rodriguez had finished [...]