Last season, during those mid-August days that killed the Mets, the Mets tried a new experiment, to try and help a depleted rotation.
The experiment, was moving Bobby Parnell, the stud from the Pen' to become a full time starting pitcher.
At the time, this seemed like a good idea, and Mets manager Jerry Manuel, thought that this could prepare the kid for any other situations if needed next season.
Parnell started eight games, winning one and losing five, the last two games were no decisions (one of them a great performance by Parnell, and another a poor showing).
This proved to be a failed experiment, as a starter, Parnell finished the season with a 7.93 ERA, finishing the season as a reliever, with a 3.46 ERA.
Now I am not saying that this will and should be the last we hear about Parnell starting a game, but he proved to me that he is too young, and shows that he does not have enough professional experience under his belt.
Manuel, finally saw that this was a failed experiment, putting Parnell back to the Bullpen in mid-September.
From there, Parnell showed that the Bullpen was where he belonged, finishing the season pitching seven and a third innings, all in relief, only allowing one earned run.
What impressed me most from Parnell last season, was that in the month of July, when all the other Mets were struggling/getting hurt, Parnell was perfect, and did not allow a run all month in twelve appearances.
Now this season what do the Mets do with Parnell?
Well judging by the stats, Parnell should be staying in the Bullpen even with the questions of the fifth rotation spot, Parnell doesn't have a real legitimate shot a starting next season, unless he really shows Jerry he worked at it this spring, or two or more of the Mets starters get hurt.