In yesterday’s 3-2 loss to the Tigers, Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
“I love his demeanor on the mound,” Terry Collins said yesterday. “He goes after hitters like he knows he’s going to get them out. He doesn’t get caught up if he gives up a hit.”
Parnell has allowed just three base runners in five innings so far this spring.
Earlier this spring, Terry Collins said if Frank Francisco is not ready to start the season, Parnell would serve as the team’s closer.
Michael Baron, ContributorI worry about Parnell’s past in the closer role, but he’s a different player now. When they first tried him out as a closer, Parnell was more of a thrower and not a pitcher. Now, Parnell knows how to spot change speeds off his fastball, and he’s harnessed his knuckle curve to the point he’s virtually a three-pitch pitcher now.
I know it’s about results and it ultimately has to translate for him on the field in high pressure situations. But if the light has gone on and Parnell can be effective as a closer, I see no reason why he should be reverted back into a setup man when and if Francisco returns.