Mets begin “transition” to Bobby Parnell as closer

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Now that Jason Isringhausen has his 300th career save the Mets are ready to give Bobby Parnell a chance as their primary closer.

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com writes that “according to manager Terry Collins the transition to Parnell as closer begins now.”

Parnell has just one career save, but he’s been a good setup man since moving to the bullpen full time in 2009, posting a 3.62 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 132 innings as a reliever.

That includes 49 strikeouts in 40 innings this season, making him one of just six National League relievers to average at least 11 strikeouts per nine innings. He’s also one of just four NL relievers to average at least 97 miles per hour with his fastball, so despite his inexperience in the role Parnell definitely has the stuff and strikeout rate to potentially thrive as a closer.