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Bobby Parnell may be out as Mets closer

Sep 7, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT


Question: do you really need a closer when you’re playing out the last three weeks of a lost season?  Eh, probably so. If not, who would we yell at when games go south?  If not, what would the guys who are somehow — against all odds — still paying close attention to their fantasy rosters do to pick up a cheap save here or there?

So yeah, you still probably need a closer. But for the Mets it may not be Bobby Parnell anymore. He blew a two-run lead in the ninth against the Marlins last night.  The Mets still won, but Terry Collins is not content to stand pat at closer any longer:

Asked if it might be beneficial for Parnell to get some non-save opportunities in order to right himself with the game not on the line, Collins intimated that was the case.

“Well, we’re going to talk to Bobby tomorrow,” Collins said. “I mean, there’s a couple things (pitching coach) Dan (Warthen) had talked about with him, a couple of little pitch-location stuff that he’s just got to be able to make. He’s got to make some pitches.

Potential closers for the rest of the way:  Josh Stinson, Manny AcostaPedro Beato and Jason Isringhausen.  Gentlemen, scan your waiver wires.

  1. sdelmonte - Sep 7, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    The Mets were doing what a team with time to experiment should be doing: giving Parnell an audition for next season. The results are not good but I am glad that they are trying such things.

    Izzy is probably not going to be the guy, since he is obviously not the closer of tomorrow. I bet we see the other three take their shots. And that Alderson then looks for a cheap closer during the off-season. (There’s supposed to be a glut, right?)

  2. gmf1991 - Sep 7, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    I think next guy to get a shot is going to be Acosta. Or at the very least he should be the guy to get the next spot or they’ll go to Beato.

    I like Acosta. At least for this season he walks less per 9 innings than Beato & Parnell, and strikes out 9 batters per 9 innings, compared to jsut over 5 for Beato. His WHIP is very close to Beato’s, and much better than Parnell’s.

  3. boston25rocketman - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    When it comes to Met pitchers, I try to minimize their numbers on my fantasy teams. I think I’m at 1, pretty sure RA Dickey has found a home with me.

  4. phukyouk - Sep 7, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    wait… he was a closer? i thought they only brought him into games where they had a lead in the 9th and they wanted to lose?

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