He has the stuff, but the key for him is limiting the amount of base runners. He can not walk as many as he has. He can give up hits, K-rod was very successful despite putting men on base all the time, but you can not give up 1 or 2 hits and then walk a batter like he did in Washington. Then you're just in a complete mess.
Parnell throws fastballs right down the middle, that is why his BABIP is high fellas.
Well, Bobby has blown two out of the last three....
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I'm as much as an optimist as the next guy, but I don't see this working out. Sure he's got the heat, but he just isn't getting it done at all. What are some viable closer options next year?
I think Parnell is just willing to sacrifice more than we know for this team to win.
Like us, Bobby is planning for the future and purposely blowing these save opportunities to ensure us getting a higher draft pick and a better chance of future success.
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But this isn't anything new. Again, other than impress on a radar gun, he hasn't done anything in his career to earn a closer's job. He was mediocre as a middle inning reliever and set up man and now he's mediocre as a closer.
It's obvious that if Parnell is our closer after this year, we won't win anything. But Sandy knows that.
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All these radar (palindrome) gun numbers look impressive to everyone but the batters. MLB batters can all pretty much hit a fastball. That's why they are major leaguers. Parnell needs controllable movement on his pitches and he doesn't have that.
I have no idea how hard it is to "learn" a new pitch; but Parnell would be well served if he could come up with a changeup. Even if he threw it occasionally, it would give the batter something else to think about. All they think about now is Italian food. At least one pitch to every batter seems to be a nice meatball in the center of the plate.