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Bobby Parnell has been quietly having a breakout season as the closer for the New York Mets. A season in which he has been a more reliable relief pitcher than Mariano Rivera. A year in which experts have been saying Rivera is on his way to having one of the best years of his career, Bobby Parnell has been better than the best. In most statistics besides saves and save opportunities, which are arguably the most useless stats in evaluating a relief pitcher, Bobby Parnell has been more impressive than Rivera.
First, with similar ERAs, the statistic to look at first between the two pitchers is WHIP. Bobby Parnell has a 0.863 while Rivera has posted a WHIP of 0.983. Even with only a slightly higher number than Rivera, Parnell has pitched more innings which makes his number even more impressive.
Also, when looking at SO/9 Parnell is at 8.5 while Rivera is at 7.4. When striking out over a batter more per inning and giving up less base runners per inning, Parnell can be trusted more to get out of a tight situation and have a shutdown inning to end a game. Also, Parnell has yet to give up a home run this year and keeping the ball in the ballpark is something that a dominiant closer needs to do. Overall, through the first third of this season, Bobby Parnell has been a breakout player and has been more impressive than the great Mariano Rivera.
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