It would more than appear that the time for the experiments are over. It does not matter that it's only 10 games into the regular season. It does not matter what Terry Collins says about Bobby Parnell being his setup man. Let's face it - the fact of the matter is that Parnell is not the man to get the job done, and it's time to quickly turn the page, before this disintegrates into something very ugly. Now is the time to promote Jason Isringhausen, even with only one day on the job for the New York Mets.
To say the least, Parnell has not distinguished himself at all as a Met, certainly not in a good way. In 2008, Parnell made 68 appearances, to the tune of a 5.30 earned run average. Last year, Parnell was at least able to hold his own, but now this season -- in only 4 appearances, Parnell's ERA has ballooned again, this time to 8.31, and climbing.
Now is the time for Mets GM Sandy Alderson to show not just the fan base, but himself and Mets ownership that he is serious about turning this team and this franchise into a winner, at least someday, anyway. It can start with the immediate release of Parnell, instead of wasting time by "weighing options". Some people will point to Heath Bell, and the mistake that former GM Omar Minaya made by letting him loose to be a league leader in saves with the Padres. First, I never really looked at it as a bad move, as I was never a fan of Bell's. Second, Bobby Parnell is no Heath Bell, case closed.
Now is the time to make a statement. Now is the time to make the necessary changes to set a tone for the rest of the 2011 season. Now is the time for action. Now is the time to take out a flyer on Jason Isringhausen, and now is the time to dump Bobby Parnell.
Korbid Thompson can be found on the New York Mets Audio Minute at Lexy, as well as the Bleacher Report.