Yeah Francisco has tanked a few games since his return from the DL, but I'm willing to be patient. He's officially the closer again and hopefully that straightens him out, Wednesday's 3R HR notwithstanding ... assuming his recent problems have been in his head, not his shoulder.
Wed, Jul 1 Rotowire Francisco yielded a game-timing three-run home run in the ninth inning on Wednesday, blowing a save chance in his first opportunity since coming off the DL.
Recommendation: Francisco showed good velocity, routinely hitting 94 MPH with his fastball, but had absolutely no command by throwing just 17 of his 31 pitches for strikes. He vultured the win when Texas scored in the bottom of the ninth, and he'll presumably remain as Texas' closer but be aware there could be a short leash if he struggles next time out.
Wed, Jul 1 STATS Inc. Francisco is back in the role he prefers: closer. Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington made the move before his club played the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday night.
Advice: Francisco has spent two stints on the DL this season, and has been used mostly as a setup man since he was activated on June 20, but now he'll again become a good source of saves.
Wed, Jul 1 Rotowire Francisco closed out Texas' 9-5 win over the Angels on Tuesday with a pair of strikeouts.
Recommendation: Francisco entered the game with in a non-save situation, but inherited a mess from CJ Wilson and recorded a pair of strikeouts to end the game after yielding a run-scoring single to the first batter he faced. His usage on Tuesday suggests that he'll be called upon to nail down Texas' next save chance, assuming he's able to pitch on consective days.