Found September 03, 2012 on Mets360.com:
PLAYERS: Bobby Parnell
TEAMS: New York Mets
On Sunday Bobby Parnell came in a game in the sixth inning for the first time since April 18th. He had gone four days without pitching but retired the side in order and lowered his ERA to 2.96 for the season. In a year where the bullpen has been justifiably criticized, Parnell has been a solid performer throughout the entire season. Coming into the year, the Spring Training fluff pieces said that Parnell had a new breaking ball and that he was going to sacrifice velocity for control. And with the season in the home stretch, we can see that both of these stories were true. After throwing a slider earlier in his major league career, Parnell has been utilizing a curve (sometimes referred to as a knuckle-curve). And his average fastball velocity has gone from 97.2 to 95.8 mph. Previously in the majors, Parnell established that he was going to strike out a lot of guys and allow a lot of baserunners. With the changes to his pitching approach, Parnell has kept his high strikeout rat...
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