The New York Mets are taking a stand with the team’s closer role. Terry Collins believes in who the Mets, have and so do the front office. Everyone is starting to believe in Bobby Parnell. Now, the question I have for you, as a fan of baseball or as a fan of the Mets, do you believe in Parnell? Do you believe that New York is better off not going out to sign Jose Valverde to solidify the bullpen? Well, you should not believe.
Parnell has 13 saves over the past two seasons mainly in the setup role for Frank Francisco and Francisco Rodriguez. Now that Rodriguez is gone and Francisco is hurt, Parnell’s time has come to step up and take control of the ninth inning and sometimes the eighth inning. He is going to have to win games for the Mets in the final frame. It is time for Parnell to step up. He has been able to lower the amount of runs he has given up, but there is something that does not sit well with me as the Mets are doing this.
He allows too many runs in the late inning, and has 19 losses in the 73 games that he has finished in his short relief career. New York would be better off spending some kind of money and getting rid of that one draft pick that they are saving for the next Dwight Gooden or Daryl Strawberry. The Mets did not spend any money this off-season, and although Valverde was shaky down the stretch for the Detroit Tigers, wouldn’t you rather have an experienced, tough closer like Valverde instead of Parnell?
We will see how the season unfolds with Parnell as the go-to-guy.