Mets Bullpen Could Be A Team Strength Down The Stretch

Closer Frank-Frank is being activated today. Mike Puma of the post writes:

After spending the last five weeks on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, closer Frank Francisco will rejoin the Mets today, giving the team some much needed depth in the bullpen.

The right-hander is 1-3 with a 4.97 ERA and 18 saves, but had rebounded from a disastrous May before hitting the disabled list on June 24.

Elvin Ramirez will likely be the roster casualty with Francisco returning.

Francisco signed a two year, $12 million dollar deal with the Mets before the season.

With the healthy return of Francisco and the emergence of Josh Edgin, the front end of the bullpen actually could be pretty good down the stretch.

Reliever Jon Rauch has turned it around and has been one of the team’s most effective relievers since back in June. I feel a lot better about Bobby Parnell sliding back to a setup role.

That’s really not a bad front four for the Mets.

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