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With Francisco Out, Confident Parnell Gets Nod As Mets’ Closer

Bobby Parnell (credit: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Bobby Parnell (credit: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (WFAN/AP) — Right-hander Bobby Parnell will serve as the Mets’ closer while Frank Francisco is on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

Parnell has struggled in the closer’s role in the past, converting only six of 12 save opportunities last season. He has seven career saves in 22 chances.

Parnell is 1-1 with 15 holds and a 3.19 ERA in 36 appearances this season. He has 31 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched.

“I’ve just got to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I’ve had good success with that,” said Parnell. “I try not to overthrow. I’m just trying to throw strikes in the bottom of the zone and flip a couple of curveballs up there and get them off balance.”

Collins said before Monday night’s 6-1 loss in Chicago that Parnell’s confidence has been “much better,” earning him the nod.

“All of a sudden I think sometimes your confidence can wane a little bit,” said Collins. “So we built him back up. We just think he’s the best option right now.”

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