Coleman: Bobby Parnell Ready, Willing, Able To Step Up As Mets’ Closer

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.”

Bobby Parnell

So why does Parnell feel that he’s ready to make the jump and become the closer now?

Bobby Parnell

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.

Bobby Parnell

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.

Bobby Parnell

If it happens, it will fulfill a dream for Parnell, who has longed to be a closer — exactly since when?

Bobby Parnell

C U soon
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What’s your confidence level in Parnell? Be heard in the comments!

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