In order to better digest his results, Bobby Parnell settles into the stool at his locker and vanishes back inside the game. His eyes go vacant. His body turns motionless. And he combs through every pitch.
Parnell said he does this after almost every outing – good or bad – using these moments not to stew, but to learn.
"I think of different pitch sequences I could have done differently," Parnell said Thursday afternoon at Tradition Field.
"Or if I was leaving the ball up. Or what I felt that day. Just kind of reflect on it. I’d rather get it done here than at home."
Six days ago, after pitching the ninth inning against the Houston Astros, Parnell sat at his locker and stared straight ahead. Most of his teammates already had cleared out. It offered Parnell a quiet space to re-trace that inning.
He got the first two outs. Then Jimmy Paredes hit a ground ball to the first baseman. Parnell raced over to cover the bag, but dropped a throw that hit his glove. The Astros pushed a run across the plate before Parnell was able to escape.
"I look back on it, and if I make that play it’s a lot easier game," Parnell said. "The game’s over at that point. But also it’s spring training and I’ve got to work on it. We’ve worked on it several times since then."
Mets: Bobby Parnell reflects and moves on
Bergen Record | Mar 15