Mets closer Frank Francisco has been placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to yesterday (June 23rd). This leaves a heavy burden on a weak bullpen. On June 10th, Mets manager Terry Collins stated, “With the exception of Frank (Francisco) nobody has a role.” This afternoon Collins stated that Bobby Parnell will assume the role as closer tonight should the situation call for it.
Parnell has some experience as the team’s closer, although forgetful, he’s done it before. Last year Parnell had six blown saves in 12 save opportunities for the Mets. Since the 2011 season Parnell has really settled down. The fireballer has seen his fastball rise to triple digits and even added a curveball to his repertoire. This season, Parnell flourished in the 7th inning and has earned much praise from Collins.
In a season that hasn’t bode well for the New York Mets in terms of relief, the Mets will finally get to see what Parnell is made of, and most importantly, Can the Mets use him down the road.