By Ed Coleman
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Bobby Parnell is ready if needed. And it appears that he’ll be needed to close games for the Mets in 2013 if Frank Francisco’s post-surgery elbow inflammation continues to be a problem.
Parnell on Wednesday morning said that he appreciated manager Terry Collins’ phone call on Tuesday night — the message basically being, “Get ready, we may need you.”
So why does Parnell feel that he’s ready to make the jump and become the closer now?
Parnell did indeed have a strong September in 2012. In his final 17 appearances covering 17 2/3 innings, he limited the opposition to a .196 batting average while posting a 3-1 record with a 0.51 ERA. Adding and perfecting a knuckle-curve that was taught to him by Jason Isringhausen made a world of difference.
It’s been a process for Parnell, sometimes a rocky and difficult one, but he’s learning that the final three outs are different animals than pitching the seventh and eighth innings.
If it happens, it will fulfill a dream for Parnell, who has longed to be a closer — exactly since when?
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