June 22, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Bobby Parnell (39) pitches during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mets won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Bobby Parnell Getting Second Crack at Closer's Role

With Frank Francisco laying disabled in a local hen house for the next two weeks, Coach Terry announced Bobby Parnell will be getting his second crack at being the team’s closer.  And why not, he’s arguably been the Mets’ best, if not most consistent reliever this season.  And let’s face it, he’s the only choice we have.

Bobby Parnell’s strikeouts to walks are within his personal averages.  But his problem is that he remains very hittable.  Over his brief career, he’s allowed 238 hits in 218.2 innings pitched.  This season, he has allowed thirty-three hits in thirty-one innings pitched.  That’s a bit problematic in order to be a closer, especially when said closer still has not developed a qualified out pitch.  And that remains Bobby Parnell’s problem today.

Last season he didn’t fare so well when given his first opportunity to close games.  And one can be certain that factored into Sandy Alderson’s acquisition of Frank Francisco in the first place.  So let’s hope this time around garners more success than Parnell’s last audition.

On a personal note, I am a big Bobby Parnell fan.  Even I agree no player is untouchable.  But I want the Mets to keep their hands off Parnell at the trade deadline.  Having said that, the kid-gloves are officially off.  He is twenty-seven years old, going on twenty-eight in September, and inside his fourth full season on the Mets.

Let’s just hope the Mets can perform better than they did Monday night, and get Bobby in some save situations.  Whether Bobby Parnell likes it or not, this is just the next, and latest, sink or swim situation he’ll find himself in.  There’s a post waiting to be written about a player’s skills and career progression.  But for now, here’s to making the most of it Kid…

Mets fans are pulling for you.

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