It was revealed this week that incumbent Mets’ closer Frank Francisco has elbow inflammation and his availability for Opening Day is in doubt. Apparently, Francisco was not able to rehab properly after he had surgery this offseason to remove bone spurs in his elbow because of personal issues.
“So, here we go again!”-says every Mets’ fan nationwide.
That being said, another familiar refrain is being echoed as we begin Spring Training in earnest: “Is this the year Bobby Parnell finally puts it all together?”
While Francisco recovers from his injury, Terry Collins once again has put his trust in Parnell to be his closer of choice. So, again we ask, is this year going to be any different for Parnell? Is he truly ready to put it all together and become a dominant closer?
In defense of Parnell, he did have his best year in 2012 and finished off the season in impressive fashion. Parnell had a career-best 2.49 ERA and struck out 61 batters in 68 innings. Parnell’s 8.0 K/9 rate in 2012 was d...