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Bobby Parnell will close for Mets if Frank Francisco is out

Feb 13, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Frank Francisco‘s odds of being ready for Opening Day seem slim after the Mets reliever told reporters yesterday that his inflamed elbow is “at zero” percent and manager Terry Collins wasted no time lining up a replacement closer.

Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that Collins called Bobby Parnell last night to tell him he’d get the ninth-inning nod if Francisco isn’t ready to begin the season and “then followed up with both Parnell and Francisco this morning.”

Recent signing Brandon Lyon has more closing experience, but Parnell saved seven games filling in for Francisco last season and has pitched very well in a setup role for three seasons now. During that time Parnell has thrown 163 total innings with a 2.98 ERA and 158 strikeouts, so Francisco’s injury may actually lead to the Mets handing the closer job to their most deserving reliever.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    How long will it be before Brandon Lyon becomes the closer? If they want to win, he is their best option.

    • dondada10 - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      Best option, in the entire organization, is Noah Syndergaard.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        Too young and too inexperienced.

  2. tsi431 - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    If the Mets want to win, their best option is 2014.

  3. rayswhitesuit - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Yes, I believe that at this point in time, who’s closing is the Mets’ biggest issue. Glad they have a succession plan in place!

  4. vallewho - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Jesse Orosco, Lookout!

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