There’s only been three weeks of baseball, but the New York Mets have already see numerous teammates come and go. Since Opening Day, Lucas Duda was demoted, Blaine Boyer (he did not re-sign) and Pat Misch were DFA’d, Jason Isringhausen, Dillon Gee, and Justin Turner were all promoted, and most recently, starting second baseman Brad Emaus was placed on waivers. Sandy Alderson & co. are certainly preaching a “play well or hit the road” policy, but this only lends the question–who’s the next Met to go?
My money is on Bobby Parnell. Parnell, who started the season as the Mets setup man, has posted a dismal 6.14 ERA, 1.90 WHIP, 6.1 BB/9, 13.5 K/9, and 2.20 K/BB ratio. As stated in my response to Terry Collins’ Open Letter, “Parnell looked excellent for the Mets in 2010, but I’m skeptical he can maintain his uncharacteristic, and career best 2.1 BB/9 ratio heading into 2011.” Parnell’s 5 walks in just 7 innings this season has almost already matched his 8 walks in 35 innings last season. Command has always been Parnell’s biggest issue, and unfortunately, his 2010 stint in the bigs appears to be a huge fluke.
At the very least, Parnell’s high strikeout totals suggests he’s challenging some hitters, but his walk rate is unacceptable at the major league level. Considering Parnell is only 26 years-old, he still has a long enough leash to not be written off. If Parnell were to be sent to Triple-A, hopefully he’d actually work diligently to develop better off-speed pitches to combine with his oft-100 mph fastball. While there hasn’t been any official word yet from management about using his minor league options, given Alderson’s trigger-happy fingers (along with Jason Bay’s near future return and Parnell’s apparent “numbness”), don’t be too surprised if Bobby Parnell becomes the next Met to go.
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