Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest » Bobby Parnell

Is Bobby Parnell Finally Growing Up?

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

I have always been dubious about Bobby Parnell. Despite the electric fastball, he’s struggled with his command, control and composure on the mound. I always felt that Parnell had the most hittable 98-mph fastball in the history of the game. I personally was ready to give up on him last year, and suggested it was time […]

Potential Mets Closers

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Three free agent closers have been connected to the Mets thus far: Brad Lidge, Joe Nathan, and Jonathan Broxton. Which would make the most sense to finish ballgames in 2012? First, the years/dollars an individual would require is what will drive any negotiations. All are pitchers that fall into the low risk/high reward due to recent injuries impacting […]

Gardner vs. Crawford, New Pitch, Mets 2012 Closer, Wild Card Fallout, Roger Maris

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

So is Brett Gardner a cheaper version of Carl Crawford as Brian Cashman claims? They both play good defense; they got are going to steal 50+ bases; and they both are going to get on base about 34-35% of the time. If there is ever an example of how batting average is a bad judge of […]

Mets FA’s and Arb Eligible: Who Should Stay or Go?

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

The Mets have twelve players that are either free agents or arbitration eligible this offseason. Let’s take a look at each and see if it makes sense to have them back in 2012: Jose Reyes (free agent) - no brainer, sort of. Losing Reyes will change the dynamic of the Mets in a way they won’t be […]

Things Getting Tight in Boston, Perspective on Jason Bay, Sausage Shenanigans, Griffey Jr. Folklore

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Are we about to see the next great Boston collapse? It’s been a long time since the Red Sox and choke have been synonymous, but the Sox lead over Tampa Bay is just five games in the loss column after their loss to Tampa last night. They have six more games with Tampa the next […]

Why a Yankee Won’t Win MVP, Replay on Cervelli’s HR, Warthen’s Legacy of Failure, Val Pascucci Chant

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

We can debate the merits of Curtis Granderson or Robinson Cano when it comes to the American League MVP award, but no Yankees player will win it. Why? It has nothing to do with Jose Bautista‘s stats or the fact that three Red Sox are having MVP-caliber years. Its institutional bias against the Yankees by the baseball writers. Take this […]

Parnell and BABIP, Bill Buckner on Curb, Second Spitter, Jesus Montero and Marketing of the Future

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Check out this blurb from a piece by Andy McCullough in the Star Ledger about Bobby Parnell: Few Mets have experienced patches of bad luck like him this season. He possesses the second-highest batting average on balls in play (.343), which measures how often a hit is recorded when the hitter makes contact. The average for a […]

The Closing Situation Post K-Rod

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Now that Francisco Rodriguez is in Milwaukee the Mets are in need of a closer. Bobby Parnell and his 100 mph fastball appear to be the most obvious choice, but I wouldn’t be so quick to bestow the ninth inning on the inconsistent righty. Parnell has been tremendous since returning from the disabled list in late May (1.56 ERA). […]

Autonomy, Pitching Surplus, Reyes Negotiations, Mets Bullpen

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Back on September 9th, 2009 Derek Jeter needed 3 hits to tie Lou Gehrig for most in Yankees history. The starter that night was Tampa’s Jeff Niemann. Jeter would get the necessary hits off him Niemann that night. Tonight’s Tampa starter? Jeff Neimann. Maybe you should head out and buy a ticket. *** NYBD contributor […]

Unanimous HOF, Mo’s Injury, Parnell’s Key to Success

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Josh Norris of the Trentonian wonders if Derek Jeter will be the first unanimous Hall of Fame selection in the history of the game. To date, Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan garnered the highest percentage of the vote at 98.8%. As Norris points out, both Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson will test to the voters before […]