Kristie Ackert of the Daily News had a nice piece yesterday about Bobby Parnell and his being the closer of the 2013 New York Mets.
Parnell was called in to close out the ninth on Monday in the series opener against the Marlins and failed to shut the door, leading to a 15-inning affair and an eventual loss. Due to the fact that the Mets young closer threw two innings and 35 pitches, Terry Collins opted for Brandon Lyon to try to stop the bleeding following Jeremy Hefner’s terrific outing. Wednesday, Parnell was out there to slam the door and hand the Mets a hard-fought victory.
Parnell “wasn’t happy” about the decision to not be called in to close on Tuesday but “understood”.
“He’s protecting me and I understand that,” Parnell said.
Collins decided it would be best to err on the side of caution rather than calling on him Tuesday after throwing so many pitches the day prior.
“I am just not gonna blow this guy out,” Collins said. “He had some elbow (issues), nothing serious, but a year