Bobby Parnell

Bobby Parnell pitched in a game, first time since July, 2013

Mets closer Bobby Parnell allowed one unearned run during Sunday’s win over the Braves.

He gave up a hit and struck out one batter. It was his first official game appearances since ending last season early to have surgery on a herniated disc in his neck.

“That’s a huge step, to see him out there for the first time and really see him let loose,” Terry Collins said after the game. “He’s been a little tentative in the pen, I understand it, but he threw the ball great. Those last five or six, he let go good.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Parnell sets up the rest of the bullpen. If he’s the closer on Opening Day, Vic Black and Jose Valverde will likely be his set-up men. It’s still a seemingly weak bullpen. However, there is potential, because any one of these young arms can end up injecting life we are not expecting. And, if they’re not working out, Sandy Alderson can swap that guy out with someone else in the farm system, and so on and so on. I like this strategy. The problem for us, as fans and media, will be remaining patient as they work to find the right mix. But, that is all the more reason why a healthy Parnell is so important.




20 comments
Zach14
Zach14

How is this bullpen weak? This team is loaded with talent in that area. This is no cause for concern in my opinion. Also Gonzalez Germen is overlooked. He did decent last season when the starting pitching struggled.

hankincolo
hankincolo

I'm reading plenty of "glass half-empty, half full arguments" here. My experience however, teaches me some guys will look good in March and then go bust, while some will pan out. I just don't believe you can tell who does what, until they play ball in April and even into May. By then, you'll know what's what. 

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

Im not worried about the bullpen. Parnell seems like he will be fine. Torres and Rice, who both did a nice job last year, have looked good so far this spring. We all know Black throws hard. The bullpen will fill out with a good mix of guys. As everyone else, Im wondering what will happen at shortstop and first base.

mets2014
mets2014

much much much more concerned with SS

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

I have a good feeling ab this bullpen there are so many options a few of them gotta work out

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

The bullpen looks decent to me if Parnell is healthy.  It would be more reassuring with one more vet arm but there are various promising young arms and Rice. I don't know what Valderve will give you but he very well might be useful.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Mejia may not belong in the pen, as you say, but that doesn't discount his being a useful arm if the team needed it. You also discount the return of Parnell. I don't understand the pessimism in the face of what could be a potential strength.

eric88
eric88

68 to 75 wins. Vegas is never wrong.

hashburry
hashburry

Yeah, they can keep swapping guys out that blow leads, if the Mets ever have one, right up until they are 7 games out in May, 12 out by July, and done by the trade deadline.  Still a tremendously weak roster overall.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

So does that mean he gets 40-50 saves this year?

Michael Black
Michael Black

I agree bullpen can be a real strength. I also don't see any Blaine Boyer's Manny Acosta's Aaron Laffey's or Robert Carson's, guys who throw to a plus 10 era for at least a month before getting sent down or released .

helloboy
helloboy

I disagree.  I think the BP is a strength.  It has depth.  If Lannan wins the 5th starting job, which i think he will be given the shot at first, your pen will have Black, Familia, Mejia, Rice, Parnell, Valverde, and Torres.  That is not a bad BP at all.  You got a bunch of good, young, live arms there.  I also expect to see Montero, Thor, and Degrom make appearences with the club in the pen at some point also.  I think we will get good amounts of production out of the pen, myself.  

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@helloboy You see Syndergaard in the bullpen, seriously?  Why start a guy down in AAA for half a season, hype him as the next Harvey/Wheeler mold stud, and bring him up as bullpen fodder?

I don't know, besides Wright, Wheeler, Niese, Gee, Granderson, and Murphy, I don't see a lot of players helping this team out this year.  Why squander your single best starter prospect in the pen of an almost assured also ran?

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@helloboy Disagree, I see a path that pen is absolutely attrocious.  I hope I'm wrong but they can really have used a guy in that pen you can pencil in for 70 innings and a sub 3 era.

Rice is nothing more then a slop lefty that can't face righties, Torres was terrible once he got his feet wet (which may have been from being exposted in the rotation), Mejia has no right being jerked around back to the pen, Valverde was awful last year and had nothing left besides a mediocre fastball.  Black can't throw strikes and Familia is coming back from injury himself.

There's upside here, but you have to be blind to not see the downside.  Add in the fact that Sandy gets an F- in bullpen construction since he's been here and there's reason for pause.

mets2014
mets2014

@flmetsfan it's not like he would be getting sentenced to the pen...it's all about innings management...realistically, Montero and deGrom are better suited to be starters upon promotion over mejia and syndergaard because they pitched a significant amount of innings last season and mejia and syndergaard did not...it may be better if mejia and thor pitch as starters in AAA and finish off the year in the mets pen...remember this is based on innings management and not talent alone

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@mets2014 I don't expect to see Syndergaard up in New York until midway through June.  It was the way they brought up Harvey and Wheeler.  That stupid Super Two issue.  I just don't see them bringing him up in June to pitch out of the bullpen.  They did it with Mejia, and he was never the same.  They didn't do it with Harvey or Wheeler.  If this guy really has the goods (which is how he's been marketed to us) why treat him differently than the other "Young Guns"?