Put Up or Shut Up Time for New York Mets' Pitcher Bobby Parnell

Nick Carlo@@carlo2612Analyst IIFebruary 25, 2012

NEW YORK - AUGUST 19:  Bobby Parnell #39 of the New York Mets throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves on August 19, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets' bullpen turned out to be a weakness for last years team, and it was in need of a major makeover. One of Sandy Alderson's main goals of the offseason was to improve the bullpen. It seems as if Alderson did that, and more.

It is safe to say that the New York Mets now have one of the top bullpens in the MLB, and it will have it's fair share of competition this Spring. Bobby Parnell will have to fight to keep his spot in the bullpen this Spring. 

A lot was expected from Parnell last season, and he received numerous opportunities to prove himself. He failed in all those opportunities, and not one worry surrounding him was put to rest. Parnell is currently looked at as a thrower, and not a pitcher.

He has to learn how to pitch smartly, as opposed to letting loose a 100 MPH fastball down the middle of the plate. Sure, velocity is a huge plus for pitchers, but it means nothing if the ball is continually thrown in bad spots.

No matter how fast a baseball is traveling, it is always extremely hittable when it is coming right down the middle of the plate. Parnell has to show this Spring that he can finally translate his talents into getting major league hitters out.

The New York Mets bullpen is very deep, and Parnell will have to pitch well if he wants to pitch in Queens this season. Throwing hard is no longer an excuse for Parnell to be a major league pitcher. It is put up or shut up time for him, and he knows that.

Manager, Terry Collins also emphasized the point that Parnell has to win out a bullpen spot for this upcoming season. Collins stated that Parnell has major league talent, but he needs to start translating that talent into positive results.

Speculation surrounding the team suggests that Bobby Parnell will battle it out with Pedro Beato, D.J. Carrasco, and Miguel Batista for the last bullpen spot. Parnell and Beato can both be sent down to AAA without any consequence so it seems like they are currently at a disadvantage, but they will let their pitching do the talking.

Regardless of what happens, it is going to be very interesting to see how Bobby Parnell responds to the pressure of competing for a job this Spring.