Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Collins will turn to Acosta on Wednesday
By Adam Rubin
Terry Collins said he will refrain from using Bobby Parnell as closer on Wednesday. That is partly due to Parnell throwing 33 pitches Tuesday. And it is partly due to Parnell blowing his second save in his past three chances in a game the Mets eventually won against the Florida Marlins in 12 innings.
Going forward, Collins still intends to have Parnell close the majority of opportunities. But Manny Acosta will get the role on Wednesday with Jason Isringhausen unavailable, and Collins will spread the role around a little with Parnell’s struggles.
“It’s close to the same thing, it’s just a different inning,” Parnell said about closing. “The big thing is I feel comfortable there in the ninth inning. I really do. I think my biggest downfall is I’m trying to do too much and make it bigger than it really is. I need to relax and just go after the hitters and do what I’ve been doing all year. I’m out there trying to throw 100 (mph) and make some nasty sliders, and really all I’ve got to do is go out there and do what I’ve been doing.
“I’ve got a lot of adrenaline. Usually when I get in trouble is from overthrowing.”
Josh Stinson notched his first major league save with a scoreless 12th inning Tuesday, but Collins does not plan to give the rookie closing opportunities this season. It’s more important, the manager said, for Stinson to have September success in a less-intense role in order to build up his confidence.
“I think Josh is going to do a really good job. I think you ease him into that,” Collins said. “I don’t think you throw him into the fire too fast. I don’t want to have him have a tough time coming up, throwing him in those Atlanta games or (against) somebody else, and then him have doubt that he can’t pitch here. This is his first time and he’s throwing good. I’ll tell you want: When 2011 is over, I want Josh Stinson to believe he can pitch in the big leagues.”