Bobby Parnell: Should He Close Games For the Mets?

An article by posted on September 4, 2011


Last night against the Nationals, Bobby Parnell was called upon to close out (what seemed to be) another Mets win.

With the Mets leading 7-6, Jesus Flores sent a leadoff single into left field for his third hit of the game. Brian Bixler then came in to run, and Bobby Parnell (3-5) walked Jonny Gomes to put runners on first and second. Bixler and Gomes advanced on Ian Desmond’s sacrifice before Bernadina was walked intentionally.

The Mets’ flame-throwing reliever then gave up a 2-run bloop single to Ryan Zimmerman, and the Mets lost a game that clearly they should have won.

This isn’t the first time Bobby Parnell has struggled when trying to close out games for the Mets.   Last Thursday against the Marlins, Bobby Parnell was in another similar jam as the Marlins were tacking on late inning runs.  The only difference was that the Mets defense saved Parnell and they escaped with a 7-5 win.

On August 29th, he gave up a solo HR to Gaby Sanchez, but manged to get the save for the Amazin’s.  Parnell has really struggled since being put in the platoon for closer, and really has been a pain in the Mets hind-end.  He has had a couple of lights-out performances, but they’ve been few and not nearly as many as you would expect for someone who frequently pitches in the 100+ MPH range.

The Mets are still trying to find a replacement for K-Rod and with Bobby Parnell struggling to close games, shouldn’t we start looking at other options?

In all seriousness, Parnell doesn’t seem to posses the makeup to be a closer. Whenever he gives puts runner on base, he starts to get frazzled and digs the Mets into a big hole.

He gives give up more hits than innings pitched, to me that’s a problem, you don’t want to see that from a late-inning reliever especially your closer.

Thoughts?

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