MIke Pelfrey is gone for about 12 months as it was announced today that he will undergo Tommy John surgery. To his defense, Pelfrey was pitching so well this season as he had great velocity and movement on his sinker. However, this could end up as a good thing. Chris Schwinden is up to replace Pelfrey in the rotation and he is not the best of pitchers. This could open up a door for Matt Harvey in the big leagues as soon as he is ready. Also, Pelf needed a new start, and this could get him that on a different team. He never seemed to thrive in the big city. I think he could be a great fit for a team like the A’s or Padres.
That is a big statement. Proclaiming that a player will never be good again is a risk, because if he does well then you look like you have no idea what your talking about. However, from his starts, and my view in spring training, Mike Pelfrey looks like a pitcher who is 100% lost. I was watching him warm up in the bullpen before his start against the Cardinals and his pitches had no movement what-so-ever. The one sinker with the slightest movement got Dan Warthen to say “that’s the best one yet” and that didn’t even look good. This has gone on all spring. Also, when he was hit hard against the Astros, the team blamed it on the fact the he ramped up his velocity in that start to protect Pelfrey. If he ramping up the velocity was the issue, then why did he get hit just as hard when he threw against the Cardinals. It doesn’t make sense. Mike Pelfrey is a one pitch pitcher who in my opinion, needs to show MAJOR improvement if he intends to stay in the big leagues.
Ike Davis did not have a hit, but made 2 spectacular defensive plays.
I was at the game today, Mike Pelfrey looked awful. I was watching his bullpen, and his sinker had absolutely no movement. It showed to with his 2 homers given up. I am VERY concerned with Mike Pelfrey this season.
Juan Lagares made a great diving catch right next to my seats. It was one of the coolest things I have ever witnessed. He is a great athlete.
Daniel Murphy is a pure hitter.
Ike Davis has an incredibly high baseball IQ. He saw the runner going to 3rd base and made an incredible play that would only appeal to people who truly understand the game.
Mike Pelfrey made his last start of the year today and looked simply terrible. He gave up 5 runs on 9 hits over 3 innings of work. That is not going to be good enough any day of the week. However, the pitching market is low for this offseason so the final question is if the Mets should non tender the pitcher.
The Mets have the following starters not counting Pelfrey:
Johan Santana: He is coming back from injury and not pitching an inning in the majors in 2011. Hopefully he can give the Mets some innings for next year.
Chris Capuano: The Mets love Capuano and it seems like Capuano wants to return to the Mets, I think this deal can get done.
Dillon Gee: He has shown flashes of brilliance in his rookie year so hopefully he can continue that for 2011.
Jon Niese: He has shown ace potential at points this season, the only problem is that he is yet to pitch a full good season in the major leagues.
R.A. Dickey: Simply a great pitcher who will give us innings and quality games.
So the Mets have 5 quality pitchers for their rotation in 2012 without Mike Pelfrey and that is discounting Matt Harvey, who will most likely make his major league debut next year. So why would we pay this crap pitcher 6MM dollars when we don’t even need this guy? We shouldn’t pay Pelfrey because he has no way of being succesful. The man has no out pitch just his fastball that he seems to throw 90% of the time with an ok slider, split, and curveball that he throws twice a game. Mike Pelfrey should have no place on this team next year and honestly, I am sick of him. The only good thing about him is that he throws a lot of pitches. The bad greatly outplays the good.
Lucas Duda hit a bomb into the upper deck of Nationals Park, a game tying shot for his 9th homer of the year.
Willie Harris hit a pinch hit 2 run single to give the Mets the lead.
In his big league debut Josh Satin went 1 for 2 with a single.
I don’t know what to say about Mike Pelfrey. The one plus over his last couple of starts have been his fastball velocity. It has been climbing back up into 95-97 range as of late. However, he still does not have a put away pitch in his arsenal. I still think he should use his curve more.
Ruben Tejada is making a case here that he can hit at this level.
Josh Stinson was great out of the bullpen again going 2 innings today showing poise as a relief pitcher.
Congrats to Josh Satin on his first big league hit.
Carlos Beltran went 2 for 4 with a 2 run homer to put the Mets of the board.
Jason Bay hit 2 homers today, one solo and one 3-run shot.
Mike Pelfrey pitched 6 scoreless innings and allowed 5 hits, walking 2, and striking out 2.
It is so strange how well Pelf pitches with Paulino behind the plate. He is a different looking guy. He throws inside and is so much more confident when Paulino catches him.
Who would have thought that all of the Mets offense today would be all from home runs. Kind of funny thinking how the ball doesn’t carry in LA at night and the Mets can barely hit a homer every 2 games.
Today was so good for Jason Bay. He pulled one homer and hit the other one to the opposite field. This really showed that he could be coming around as a hitter for the Mets…hopefully.
Everyone can see it: Mike Pelfrey has a had a rough year. Remember the beginning of year last year when he had a 0.69 era through the first month and was a Cy Young contender? Where did that pitcher go? I think that he’s gone. These “yips” that he has screw up his outings. More than half of this game is mental and as soon as Pelf makes one bad pitch and gets burned, he can not rebound. This is why I think he needs to be traded. First of all, I believe that the mets have enough good young pitching to replace him right away. The Mets can get value for him right now and maybe not later. Also, he has his most value right now. I believe that he is in a downward spiral and I really think they can get the most out of him now. And simply put, I am tired of him. A big league pitcher should no have the yips and should have good composure on the mound. I simply do not want him on the Mets past this year. They have enough great young talent that he would just be taking up space in what can be a future elite rotation.