I’ve gotta hand it to Bobby Parnell, boy what a job he’s done since coming back from Tommy John surgery.
Understanding he was no longer the power pitcher he once was, Parnell has transformed himself into a very crafty reliever for the Mets and has quickly reestablished himself as a very effective arm out of the pen.
That knuckle-curve he picked up from Jason Isringhausen has become his primary weapon of choice, and he uses it to such great effect, changing speeds, working both sides of the plate, and getting a lot of swings and misses or weak contact.
Since his return, the veteran righty has allowed just one run in 11 appearances spanning 10.0 innings for a 0.90 ERA and 1.011 WHIP.
Parnell, 30, has earned four holds and a save while stranding 6 of 8 inherited runners, one of which was on an error.
I have to admit I had a problem with him taking Syndergaard’s lunch and tossing it in the trash during Spring Training. I thought the talk with Wright was enough. But it’s all water under the bridge now, Bobby. Just keep pitching the way you are. 🙂
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