I May Be Wrong, But… Frank Francisco, Chris Young, Johan Santana, Vinnie Rottino
• I’m just not sold yet on Frank Francisco. He looks a lot like K-Rod on the mound, but the ball just doesn’t get to the plate as fast. He admits that he’s currently not 100%, but who says they are at this point in the pre-season? He told a New Jersey newspaper that he likes when the opponents have a big inning because that means he will be coming in. First, that’s bullshit. Closers come in when opponents don’t catch up and you have the lead. They also come in mostly when an inning begins. Someone needs to sit Frank2 down and explain what his job is.
• I’m thrilled that reports say that Young may sign with the Mets sometime next week. I assume it is a minor league deal that would allow him to attend camp in April and rehab in May. This could be the replacement for Mike Pelfrey come June. Monday’s Matt Harvey outing has slowed down the chants of his arrival, and Miguel Batista and Chris Schwinden could hold down the fort in April. Young also brings an immediate upgrade in your rotation and sets up a 2013 opening day rotation of Johan Santana, Jon Niese, Young, Harvey, and Jeurys Familia. Sweet.
• I never thought the world would ever see Johan Santana throw a baseball 86 times on the same day. That alone is a victory, but his rebounding from a bad start was old-Johan. I don’t know what Coach Dan said to him when he came to the mound, but it sure worked. Big, big news. Much bigger than the return of David Wright.
• Vinnie Rottino had two more hits on Monday. This is my kind of utility player. He can play either corner outfield position, third, first, and he can catch.