Fresh off his near-meltdown against the Orioles on Wednesday evening, Mets reliever Frank Francisco spiced up the return of this year’s Subway Series, telling the New York Post’s Mike Puma, “I can’t wait to face those chickens.”
Seconds later, Francisco added, “I think I’ve said too much already.” Ya think?
Of course, “those chickens,” known in other circles as the Yankees, swept the Amazins earlier this month when the teams played three games in the Bronx.
In fairness, Francisco did not pitch in any of those games. And as Aaron Gleeman of HardballTalk points out:
Francisco spent the first seven years of his career in the American League before signing a two-year, $12 million deal with the Mets as a free agent this offseason, so he’s indeed faced “those chickens” plenty before. And he’s pitched pretty damn well too, posting a 3.29 ERA, .229 opponents’ batting average, and 24/10 K/BB ratio in 27 career appearances versus the Yankees.
The scheduled starters for tonight’s 7:10 p.m. game at Citi Field are Andy Pettitte and Jonathon Niese.