Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 5/19/13
”The knuckle-curve has changed Parnell’s career.” This is what Gary Cohen said during the at-bat Sunday by Dioner Navarro, right after Bobby Parnell followed a 95 mph inside fastball with a breaking ball at the knees on the outside corner. After going upstairs with the third pitch, Parnell completed the strikeout with another curve in the dirt. Parnell faced three batters, got two strikeouts and picked up his sixth save of the season. When Parnell came up he threw gas and not much else. He was famous for two things – strikeouts and an elevated BABIP . He also had a reputation for not being able to pitch in the ninth inning. The idea that he would evolve into a top closer was almost laughable. After a rough stretch when he was elevated to closer after the trade of Francisco Rodriguez, I wrote an article called, Bobby Parnell: He is who we thought he was. The article was accurate then but it simply no longer applies now. And the reason is, as Cohen notes, that Parnell now has an...
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