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New York Mets Pitcher Bobby Parnell Puts It All Together in 2013
June 8th, 2013 at 10:51 AM
When Bobby Parnell made it to the majors, it was clear what the New York Mets had on their hands: a power-pitching reliever who threw the ball in excess of 99 MPH.   His control and secondary pitches were behind in his development, but when you have a guy that throws...

New York Mets: Can Bobby Parnell Handle the Closer’s Chair?
April 3rd, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Like any Mets fan, having the team put away the game early and handily was well enjoyed especially on opening day.  However, in a 162-game season chances are it won't happen often (though it would be nice).  Which is why having a competent closer is all the more important.  Which...

Report: New York Mets Interested in Free Agent Closer Brian Wilson
January 14th, 2013 at 5:14 PM
One area of concern for the New York Mets is their bullpen. The unit was a disaster in 2011, and the team enters 2012 with Frank Francisco hanging onto the closers job by a thread as well as having a host of young options to fill out the pen. The...

Editorial: Frank Francisco Lost His Cool and Needs to Be Replaced as Closer
May 14th, 2012 at 1:42 PM
Frank Francisco was brought to New York in the offseason to become the team's new closer. After the splashy signings in years past of Billy Wagner and Francisco Rodriguez, Francisco was supposed to bridge a gap while the team rebuilt. The Mets have certainly exceeded expectations so far this season,...

Frank Francisco to Undergo MRI on Left Knee
April 2nd, 2012 at 4:12 PM
One day after the great news that Johan Santana will be ready to go on Opening Day, the Mets were dealt some bad news about their closer. Frank Francisco will undergo an MRI on his left knee, MetsBlog.com reports. Francisco has been dealing with a sore knee most of the...

New York Mets Reach Out to Francisco Rodriguez
December 4th, 2011 at 6:08 PM
 ***PHOTO1*** A weird offseason for the New York Mets may have just gotten a little stranger. Knowing that they are in need of a closer, the Mets have contacted Francisco Rodriguez, SI's Jon Heyman reports in this tweet. Rodriguez was the team's closer until he was traded away in July to...

Mets 101 Player Review Series: Bobby Parnell
November 7th, 2011 at 6:27 PM
Now that the 2011 season is over, we have taken a look at the overall breakdowns of the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen last season. Now we will be taking a look at every player on the roster from A (Manny Acosta) to Y (Chris Young) and giving you a...

New York Mets Closer Sweepstakes: Part Two
November 4th, 2011 at 12:35 PM
In part one of this multi-part series Mets 101 took a look at three free agent closers who could potentially become a New York Met in 2012.  Today we will take a look at Matt Capps, Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson.  Matt Capps ***PHOTO1*** Capps is a veteran who spent a large portion...

New York Mets Closer Sweepstakes: Part One
October 27th, 2011 at 8:47 PM
As many Mets fans remember, the Mets opened a huge hole in the back of their bullpen after trading Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers. The Mets had hoped that reliever Bobby Parnell could step up to fill K-Rod's shoes, but Parnell struggled mightily with the closer's chair. Parnell's struggles have...

What to Watch for the Rest of the Season: Part 2
September 20th, 2011 at 9:47 PM
With only nine games to go in the 2011 MLB season, it may seem like there is much of a reason to watch the Mets considering they are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.  They are currently in the midst of a three game set in St. Louis and then return...

Mets Trade Closer Francisco Rodriguez to Brewers
July 13th, 2011 at 1:52 PM
 ***PHOTO1*** The Mets have traded closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers, ESPN's Adam Rubin reports.  The deal, which ends months of speculation about Rodriguez's future with the Mets, will net the Mets two players to be named later from Milwaukee's minor league system.  The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports...