Izzy To Be Setup Man?
Per Anthony DiComo on Mets.com:
Due in large part to reliever Bobby Parnell’s struggles and heavy workload in recent days, Collins said he may call on Jason Isringhausen in an eighth-inning setup situation this week. “I’m not afraid to use Izzy at any time,” Collins said.
Of course, an “eighth-inning setup situation” would refer to the Mets being in position to win a game that late in a contest. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
In any case, though it’s not surprising that Izzy could get the call in a setup situation, such a move would be a blow to Parnell’s already shaky confidence. Or, maybe it would motivate Parnell to take the bull by the horns and pitch more effectively (that’s assuming the young fireballer has a clue as to how he can accomplish such a thing).
Here’s the way I look at it: if Jason Isringhausen can prove capable and effective in an 8th-inning role, the Mets have another valuable trading chip come July.