Posted 14 April 2013 - 05:31 AM
Parnell is not a closer
Probably not. He seems a little soft mentally, he's always given up his share of hits, and something just seems to be missing.
Though it's a very small sample, since Sept 21 of last season, he has pitched 12.1 innings, allowed just three hits, and walked no one, striking out 10. Yeah, he gave up a run yesterday, but at least it came in a situation where it didn't hurt the Mets one bit.
But here is the good news, if you're looking for some with Parnell..up until late last season, he always gave up a lot of hits (especially for such a hard thrower), and his control wasn't great either. Now he's not walking anyone and isn't giving up much in the way of hits either. The $1000000 question is whether or not Parnell is pitching into better luck, as far as allowing hits goes, but at the very least, he's not giving up free passes, which can only make his life easier.
We'll find out soon enough if this is another Parnell tease, or if he has turned a corner...color me very cautiously optimistic.
Harvey...good lord, what else is there to say? 6 hits and 6 walks in 22 IP, 25 K, .088 batting average against. Insane.
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