Nobody – not Bobby Parnell, not Terry Collins – is quite sure why Parnell’s arsenal has a history of losing its bite in the ninth inning.

"Maybe I put a little bit more pressure on myself in the past," Parnell said Wednesday morning inside the clubhouse at Tradition Field. "I can’t do that now."

Collins confirmed Wednesday that he’s turning to Parnell as his closer, a move the Mets have attempted before without much success. But Collins said he saw something during the final months of last season that he had never seen from Parnell.

"I just thought his mound presence looked like he aged five years in two months," Collins said. "I just saw some really, really positive things that I said, ‘This guy is getting close to being the guy.’"

The vacancy opened because Frank Francisco is still dealing with inflammation in his right elbow. Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson said Francisco was dealing with personal issues in the off-season that curtailed his rehabilitation.

In a short interview with The Record, Francisco revealed that his grandfather died, his father battled a serious health issue, and the newest addition to his family – a son – was born prematurely.