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Collins staying with Francisco as Mets closer
Frank Francisco's job description hasn't changed; he's still the Mets closer.
After Francisco couldn't get the job done on Saturday and had a hiccup for the second straight day, manager Terry Collins left open the possibility of switching things up with his late-inning relievers. However, Collins met with Francisco before yesterday's game against the Giants was washed out and decided he was sticking with Francisco as his ninth-inning guy.
"I just went to him this morning and said, 'You got to hang in there,' " Collins said. "You know, he's disappointed. He's mad at me 'cause I took him out, which is a common thing that happens. And I certainly don't blame him. If I were in his shoes, I'd be mad, too."
Francisco, who has pitched in only one save situation since the season's opening series, said he didn't have any issues with Collins' decision to pull him Saturday.
"He's right. I mean, it don't matter what I think," Francisco said. "You got a boss right? He's my boss. So he makes the last call. Whatever he decides to get that 'W,' that's all that matters."
Francisco thinks he found the root of the problem with pitching coach Dan Warthen Sunday. Since he hasn't pitched frequently this season, Francisco believes his inconsistencies stemmed from something he was doing wrong in his delivery. He's been flying open.
"It was a little bit my mechanics," he said. "It wasn't anything big. Whatever he told me worked really good because after that I was throwing the ball where I wanted to."