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Have the Mets found their next closer?

Interesting story here by Anthony Rieber.

With K-Rod out for the remainder of the season and so much uncertainty regarding his future because the Mets are attempting to void his contract, the talk of who will be the next closer becomes an obvious question.

Perhaps the Mets have their answer, right in their own organization

Bobby Parnell threw 30 pitches in his two perfect innings of relief in Wednesday night's 3-2, 14-inning win over Houston. MLB.com clocked 14 of Parnell's pitches at 100 mph or better.  MLB.com clocked one pitch at 103 mph.

And according to www.brooksbaseball.net, its PitchFX tool clocked that same pitch at 102.5. The pitch is the fastest thrown in the major leagues this season.

"Wow," manager Jerry Manuel said Thursday night. "Sounds like a closer to me. The thing is, you have to see that on a consistent basis. We have to find out if that's what we're going to get and with what regularity."

Well, yes, Manuel is right. Any good closer must have consistency to be successful. Throwing hard is one thing, but consistency ties it all together.

Following the 25-year-old Parnell's outings for the rest of the season is definitely going to be interesting.

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