Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Little Big Leagues

Bobby Parnell could very well start the season in AAA.  I certainly don't want this.  But there is nothing I can do about it, either.  What I really don't like is the fact that people go from saying "Spring Training stats don't matter" to "He won't make the team because of a sucky Spring Training".  Make up your mind already.  I know it depends on the player and whether they have proven Major League experience but it's still annoying.

Especially with pitchers.  And young pitchers.  And young pitchers who have been in the majors.  And young pitchers who have been in the majors but are still working on things.  And especially those young pitchers that showed they can succeed in the majors until their team decides to make them a starter.

You get the picture. 

Bobby Parnell did well at the beginning of the season.  He seemed to peak at Fenway when he hit 100 MPH multiple times, but he wasn't bad after that.  He was only bad once the Mets made him a starter.  And he hasn't had the strongest Spring Training, but he has been working on a new pitch and is still young.  Not every outing has been bad.  His worst outings were at the beginning of Spring Training.  He was pitching the later innings.  He was pitching without the regulars playing behind him.  It was early in ST and all of the minor leaguers who clearly weren't going to make the team were getting playing time.  That leads to errors or just an uncomfortable feeling on the mound.

It wasn't up to Bobby to decide when he would pitch or who would be fielding behind him. 

Speaking of unlucky relievers, or perhaps very lucky relievers, Joe Smith has been making some news.  He's had a total of two bad outings this Spring but fans are upset.  He has already been guaranteed a spot in the bullpen.  In his last outing he didn't give up any earned runs but let Ryan Garko steal a base.  For one thing, even the slowest players steal bases.  Two, it's Spring Training.  Three, players don't simply steal bases off a pitcher and I know that firsthand.  Joe hasn't had the best luck with the Indians but if their fans really don't like him, I'm willing to take him back.

That's all for now.
Let's Go Mets!


paulsrandomstuff said...

I don't have a strong preference about which pitchers get the five bullpen spots after K-Rod and Pedro Feliciano.

But I do find it interesting how quickly Bobby Parnell went from being the exciting rookie to a guy who's in danger of not making the team. I hope that all the folks that want to rush Jenrry Mejia are noticing the same thing.

Rachel said...

I think Parnell will make the team. Not just because I'm in love with him, but he was on one of the "Why I'm proud to be a New York Met" commercials. He was the only one on that isn't a definitely making the team. I'm freaked for him but, I have high hopes. It was a pretty epic commercial, just by the way.

Ellie said...

He deserves to make the team as much as anybody else.

Where did you see that video? I don't think I've seen it yet.

Rachel said...

It was a commercial on SNY. I saw another one today and it had Igarashi. (I think it was Igarashi, this spring is particularly confusing) I think they're trying to drop subtle hints. Honestly, why would you film a commercial with someone who won't be on the team?

Ellie said...

Thanks. I'll look for it.