After three horrible starts, including his last outing at Chicago, Bobby Parnell will attempt to redeem himself as the Mets begin a three-game series tonight against the Cubs at Citi Field. Parnell has given up 22 earned runs on 22 hits over his last 12 2/3 innings.
Parnell has the velocity to make it as a starter, but not command of his secondary pitches, and sometimes that fastball is arrow straight. If a ball has no movement, anybody can hit it, regardless of how hard it is thrown.
Of all the projects Jerry Manuel is evaluating this month in his rotation, Parnell has the best chance of emerging next spring as a starter when the team breaks camp.
Enjoy the game. I won’t be there for the first few innings, but will check in later.-JD