Via the Post -
At least somebody isn’t afraid to talk trash about a cross-town rival.
“I can’t wait to face those chickens,” Mets closer Frank Francisco told The Post when asked about playing the Yankees in this weekend’s Subway Series at Citi Field. “I want to strike out the side against them. I’ve done it before.”
Before Francisco could elaborate on his “chickens” comment, after the Mets’ 4-3 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday, he buttoned up.
“I think I’ve said too much already,” he said.
There you have it — a blast of bluster from the Mets as they attempt to regain some of the respect they lost two weeks ago when the Yankees swept them three games in The Bronx. Francisco didn’t appear in any of those games, but has a long history facing the Yankees as a member of the Rangers and Blue Jays.
And, yes, for the record, he has struck out the side against the Yankees. It came on May 21, 2004 when Francisco, pitching for the Rangers, struck out Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi — the three batters he faced in the seventh inning.
Francisco’s Mets teammates were more reserved in discussing the upcoming Subway Series, but it’s clear they are confident after sweeping the Orioles three games at Citi Field.
“I think we can play with [the Yankees],” Scott Hairston said. “I don’t see why we can’t play the way we did in the Orioles series. We know they have a really good lineup and pitching staff and so do we. It’s going to be a fun series.”
The Mets (38-32) would love to end a troubling pattern of getting swept a series before sweeping the next. They were swept three games by the Yankees before rebounding to sweep the Rays and then lost three straight to the Reds before handling the Orioles the last three games.
“We’d like to get a win playing [the Yankees],” Ike Davis said.
Just a win would be fine?
“Anything — beat them one time,” Davis said. “I don’t like not beating a team in a season, so it’s our chance to get a ‘W’ off them.”
I was at the Saturday night game when the Mets played the Yankees in the Bronx this season. I remember looking at the Mets line-up that night. Their first baseman was hitting a buck-sixty. Their number five hitter (Murphy) had zero homeruns on the season. And, their starting shortstop was a 30-year old bench player journeyman. That’s like spotting the other team 12 easy outs in the game…and the Yankees still barely won that game.
The Mets may have been swept in the Bronx. But, they proved that they can play with the Yankees and they should put up a fight in Citi Field. But, Francisco needs to keep his mouth shut. Comments like that are never good to make…