In Frank Francisco's first spring training appearance for the Mets on Monday, he gave up a single and, on the next pitch, pinch-runner Eury Perez took off for second. In a conversation about his new closer a few days later, Terry Collins said he knew the runner would go on the first pitch.

Why?

"Because they know Frankie doesn't throw over," Collins said.

Huh?

"It's something we're working on," said the manager.

There was no play at second on Perez Monday night as Steve Lombardozzi singled on the pitch. The point is, though, that he ran because, well, the numbers say it all: base-stealers were successful in 13 of 14 attempts against Francisco last season.

Over the last four seasons, the success numbers are 33-for-36.