Mike Pelfrey pitched very well in last night’s 6-4 Met loss to the Diamondbacks, giving up just two earned runs in four innings of work. He left the game after being hit with a line drive off the bat of Gerardo Parra before he could record an out in the fifth inning. The Met two-run lead was handed to the bullpen, and given away, of course. But that’s not the storyline from last night’s game…
Mike Pelfrey has been the most inconsistent Met pitcher (other than Oliver Perez) over the past four seasons. He has had moments where he looked like the ace of the future, and he has had times when he looks like a pitcher who will be a fifth starter his whole career.
Over Mike’s last eight starts, half of them against teams in contention, he is just 2-2, but has a 3.72 ERA. He has really picked it up after questions about his future over the first half of the season, when he went 4-7. You could say, as some are, that he is blossoming into the ace he should be. His sinker is sinking and he is getting the job done. However, he IS NOT becoming the pitcher he was expected o become.
In 2008, Mike had a very strong four months to end the season, going 11-5 in June, July, August, and September. In 144.2 innings, Pelfrey walked only 39 in 22 starts. He looked, at 24, that he was the ace of the future. He continued that success in May of net season. After three rocky starts in April of 2009, Pelf turned it on in May of 2009, going 2-1 in six starts, with a 2.93 ERA. However, for the rest of 2009, Pelfrey went 6-11 with 5.53 ERA. Hitters were batting .295 against him in that span.
In 2010, no one really knew what to expect from Mike. Coming off an awful four months in 2009, he was the biggest question mark coming into the season. For the first half of the year, in 14 starts, Pelfrey looked like a completely different pitcher. He went 9-1 and was in contention for the Cy Young Award early on. However, in typical Mike Pelfrey fashion, he finished the season a dismal 6-8 with a 4.60 ERA.
Anyway, I’ve made my point. Pelf seems to be starting another one of those great runs depending on his injury situation. But don’t get too comfortable, it won’t last long.
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